Light Source Patents (Class 600/178)
  • Patent number: 11304591
    Abstract: An optical connection module for an endoscope includes: an optical fiber having a fiber end surface and configured to guide a part of emitted light emitted from a light source and incident on the fiber end surface; a ferrule having a ferrule end surface with an opening of a through-hole into which the optical fiber is inserted, the ferrule including a scatterer configured to scatter, in an inside of the ferrule, a part of the emitted light incident on the ferrule end surface, the ferrule being configured to emit scattered light generated by scattering from a side surface; and an optical sensor arranged in the periphery of the side surface of the ferrule and configured to receive the scattered light.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2022
    Inventors: Hiroyuki Kamee, Satoshi Ohara
  • Patent number: 11228157
    Abstract: In one aspect, an optical system for delivering light into an optical fiber is disclosed, which comprises a phosphor-converted white light source for generating white light, a red light emitting diode (LED) for generating red light, and a light-delivery system for delivering at least a portion of said white light and said red light into an input port of an optical fiber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 18, 2022
    Assignee: Fraen Corporation
    Inventors: Carlton S. Jones, Renald Dore
  • Patent number: 11169370
    Abstract: A method for generating light from a medical light source includes emitting light in a visible wavelength spectrum from a first light of the medical light source, emitting light in a first infrared spectrum from a first light emitter of a second light, redirecting light emitted from the first light emitter by at least one optical element of the second light, emitting light in a second infrared spectrum from a second light emitter of the second light, and redirecting the light emitted from the second light emitter by the at least one optical element of the second light.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 9, 2021
    Assignee: Stryker Corporation
    Inventors: Gregory G. Otterstrom, Ajay Ramesh, Hannah Lawrence, Candice Pack, Richard I. Palmisano
  • Patent number: 11036045
    Abstract: A display device according to the present invention comprises: a light source configured to emit light in a manner capable of changing an emission direction as needed within a predetermined irradiation region; a first screen located in said irradiation region; a first reflective unit disposed closer to said light source than said first screen; a second reflective unit disposed at a position where the light reflected by said first reflective unit reaches; and a second screen disposed at a position where the light reflected by said second reflective unit reaches.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 15, 2021
    Inventors: Yuji Ito, Manabu Akagi
  • Patent number: 11033177
    Abstract: The subject matter discloses a medical imaging device, comprising a handle adapted to operate and maneuver the medical imaging device, an elongated rigid shaft connected to the handle, and an extendible sleeve configured to cover at least a portion of the elongated rigid shaft. The extendible sleeve comprises a rigid section comprising at least one optical gear and an extendible section, wherein extending the extendible section pushes the rigid section along a longitudinal axis of the elongated rigid shaft, and wherein sliding the rigid section over the elongated shaft changes the at least one optical gear field of view to provide a different linear field of view in an object space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 15, 2021
    Assignee: 270 SURGICAL LTD.
    Inventors: Avraham Levy, Golan Salman
  • Patent number: 10952619
    Abstract: Systems, methods, and devices for fluorescence imaging with a minimal area image sensor are disclosed. A system includes an emitter for emitting pulses of electromagnetic radiation and an image sensor comprising a pixel array for sensing reflected electromagnetic radiation, wherein the pixel array comprises active pixels and optical black pixels. The system includes a black clamp circuit providing offset control for data generated by the pixel array. The system includes a controller comprising a processor in electrical communication with the image sensor and the emitter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2021
    Assignee: Ethicon LLC
    Inventors: Joshua D. Talbert, Donald M. Wichern
  • Patent number: 10750929
    Abstract: An endoscope device includes: an normal light image acquisition unit that acquires an normal light image; a special light image acquisition unit that acquires a special light image; a blended image generation unit that generates a blend image by combining one color component image from among a plurality of color component images constituting the normal light image and the special light image; and a superimposed image generation unit that generates a color superimposed image by combining the blended image with another color component image. The blended image generation unit generates the blended image by replacing a part of the pixels of the one color component image with the corresponding pixels of the special light image such that they are blended in a substantially uniform distribution over the entire blended image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2020
    Inventor: Motohiro Mitamura
  • Patent number: 10709311
    Abstract: A laryngoscope device with an elongate handle includes a video laryngoscope blade with a camera mounted transversely on a first end of the handle and one or more pivot assemblies coupling a display monitor on an opposing second end of the handle. Each pivot assembly includes a pivot coupling defining a respective axis of rotation of the display monitor relative to the handle and a motor for controlling angular position of the display monitor relative to the handle about the respective axis. A sensor device is arranged to detect movement of the display monitor away from a target orientation such that a controller having the target orientation stored thereon can be adapted to operate the motor to return the display monitor to the target orientation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Assignee: Montane Medical Corporation
    Inventor: Ian Schoonbaert
  • Patent number: 10700779
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a free-space optical communications system that may make use of a controller and a digital micro mirror (DMM) assembly in communication with the controller. The DMM may have a plurality of independently controllable micromirror elements forming both an emitter and a receiver. A laser is included which is configured to generate an optical beam which may be applied to select ones of the first subpluralities of micromirror elements to generate a transmitted free space optical signal along a selected vector. A detector is included for receiving an incoming free space optical signal imaged by at least one of the micromirror elements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Assignee: Lawrence Livermore National Security, LLC
    Inventor: Robert Matthew Panas
  • Patent number: 10667677
    Abstract: Embodiments of the disclosure may include a medical device comprising an elongate member including a proximal region and a distal region. The elongate member can further include a handle at the proximal region and a tip at the distal region. The tip can include one or more openings, wherein one of the one or more openings at least partially houses an illumination unit. The illumination unit may further comprise a light source, a near-field diffuser proximate to the light source, and a far-field aperture proximate to the light source.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Assignee: Boston Scientific Scimed, Inc.
    Inventors: Russell Dresher, Andrew Calabrese
  • Patent number: 10531008
    Abstract: An image pickup system includes a light source apparatus and a light-source control section performing first control for setting a duty width and perform second control for, after the duty width is set to a minimum duty width by the first control, changing supply timing of the illumination light not to supply the illumination light in a period other than the period where the light amount control by the PWM is permitted and to supply, in the period where the light amount control by the PWM is permitted, light having a light amount integrated value equal to a light amount integrated value supplied in the period other than the period where the light amount control by the PWM is permitted, and an image pickup apparatus, where data representing a driving current value after the change of the supply timing and a value of the pulse width is stored.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2020
    Inventors: Yusuke Yabe, Tomoya Takahashi, Satoshi Tanaka
  • Patent number: 10499798
    Abstract: An endoscope has an imaging unit at a tip portion of an insertion unit to be inserted into a body cavity, and the imaging unit includes: a solid-state imaging device which is disposed in such a manner that a photodetecting surface thereof crosses a longitudinal direction of the insertion unit and which performs photoelectric conversion on an optical image formed on the photodetecting surface; a circuit board having a connection surface which is opposed to a surface, opposite to the photodetecting surface and formed with connection terminals, of the solid-state imaging device and which serves for electrical connection to the connection terminals of the solid-state imaging device, wherein the circuit board is a rigid board that is L-shaped as defined herein; and a first leg and a second leg that constitute the L-shaped circuit board and are perpendicular to each other are provided as defined herein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2019
    Assignee: FUJIFILM Corporation
    Inventor: Ryo Kitano
  • Patent number: 10484594
    Abstract: A medical image acquisition system includes an imaging device and an image processing device. The imaging device includes: an imaging unit configured to receive light and convert the light into an electric signal so as to generate the imaging signal; an optical unit including a focus mechanism moving one or a plurality of lenses so as to adjust a focal point position, and configured to form an optical image on the imaging unit; a memory configured to store therein unique information of the imaging device; and an auto focus controller configured to totally control the imaging device. The image processing device includes an auto focus evaluation unit configured to perform focusing evaluation based on the imaging signal, and the auto focus controller controls driving of the focus mechanism by referring to the unique information in accordance with an evaluation result by the auto focus evaluation unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2019
    Inventor: Takahiro Yamamoto
  • Patent number: 10136803
    Abstract: Ring illuminated surgical cameras and scopes having a ring lens and a plurality of LEDs. The LEDs set behind an electronic imaging sensor (camera) and positioned radially about the longitudinal axis of the lens and/or scope.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignee: InnovaQuartz LLC
    Inventor: Stephen E. Griffin
  • Patent number: 10095021
    Abstract: An endoscope includes an insertion portion. First and second electronic instruments are located in the insertion portion and are supplied with drive power from different systems. A plurality of power limiting portions limit the drive power supplied to the first and second electronic instruments, respectively, via mutually different systems. First and second wirings, at least a portion of which are located inside the insertion portion, connect respective power limiting portions with the respective ones of the first and second electronic instruments. A ground conductor extends from one end of the insertion portion to the other end of the insertion portion and is connected between a first connection connecting the first electronic instrument and the first wiring and a second connection connecting the second electronic instrument and the second wiring.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2018
    Inventor: Masaki Ichihashi
  • Patent number: 10085629
    Abstract: An observation system includes: a light source portion configured to generate light of a first wavelength band, and light of a second wavelength band; an emphasizing processing portion configured to perform processing for highlighting a structure positioned in a layer of a predetermined depth in the biological tissue, to an image obtained by picking up an image of return light from the biological tissue; a selecting portion configured to change an emphasis amount; and a control portion configured to increase a ratio of a light quantity of the light of the second wavelength band to the light quantity of the light of the first wavelength band when the emphasis amount is increased, or decrease the ratio of the light quantity of the light of the second wavelength band to the light quantity of the light of the first wavelength band when the emphasis amount is decreased.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Inventor: Kenji Yamazaki
  • Patent number: 9978580
    Abstract: A lamp is provided. The lamp includes a transparent envelope for emitting light, and an RFID tag coupled to a portion of the transparent envelope.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Assignee: Heraeus Noblelight America LLC
    Inventors: William E. Johnson, Robert Ervin
  • Patent number: 9913577
    Abstract: A speculum includes an upper blade, a lower blade, a link member, a handle portion, a curved portion, and a light source. The link member connects the upper blade and the lower blade to allow the upper blade and the lower blade to move between an open state and a close state. The curved portion connects the lower blade and the handle portion. The light source is disposed on the curved portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2018
    Inventor: Jeffrey Ralph Swift
  • Patent number: 9830500
    Abstract: A method to encode and decode a digital fingerprint code by an identification encoder and an identification decoder wherein the digital fingerprint code includes a plurality of N-bit data embedded on a set of curves by changed thicknesses in the curves.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2017
    Assignee: AGFA GRAPHICS NV
    Inventor: Rudolf Bartels
  • Patent number: 9820654
    Abstract: An observation device includes a light source unit capable of adjusting a quantity of 390-490 nm illuminating light according to a B1 range and a B2 range having a longer wavelength than the B1 range, and an imaging element that images reflected light from a subject irradiated with illuminating light. The light source unit changes the light quantity ratio of the B1 range to the B2 range depending on whether white light imaging is conducted or narrow band imaging is conducted. The imaging element includes RGB color filters arranged according to pixels and the R color filter transmits more light in an R range and the B1 range than light in the second B range and has a spectral characteristic that satisfies a predetermined conditional formulae.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2017
    Inventor: Hideyuki Nagaoka
  • Patent number: 9814380
    Abstract: The Pedicle Endoscope represents a new way to image the insertion of screws in vertebrae with the aid of fiber optics. The endoscope can operate in the visible and infrared spectra and is used in conjunction with a polyaxial or multiaxial screwdriver assembly. The mechanical assembly is comprised of a screwdriver, a polyaxial or multiaxial shaft, and a pedicle screw. The polyaxial shaft is inserted in the screwdriver and this assembly couples with the pedicle screw. Once this mechanical assembly is integrated, the endoscope is inserted through a bore that runs along the polyaxial shaft and the pedicle screw and it comes out of the screw tip, imaging the progression of the screw as it penetrates the incision in the vertebra. The endoscope consists of three fiber cores, one for imaging and two for illumination and a conduit for irrigation and air suction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2017
    Inventors: Octavio Cesar Silva, Fernando Emilio Silva
  • Patent number: 9709794
    Abstract: An endoscope with adjustable viewing angle, in which the viewing angle can pivot around a pivot axis, includes a fixed reflecting surface for reflecting illuminating light from a direction parallel to the longitudinal axis of the endoscope to a direction parallel to the pivot axis of the viewing angle and a pivotable reflecting surface for reflecting illuminating light from a direction parallel to the pivot axis of the viewing angle to the viewing angle for illuminating an object observed by the endoscope, such that at least either the fixed reflecting surface or the pivotable reflecting surface is curved.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2017
    Assignee: Karl Storz GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventor: Ulrich Weiger
  • Patent number: 9686484
    Abstract: Provided is an apparatus for acquiring and projecting a broadband image. The apparatus includes a probe unit provided with a white light source unit configured to emit white light for acquiring a visible light image to a subject, a fluorescence excitation light source unit configured to emit fluorescence excitation light for acquiring an invisible light fluorescence image, an image acquisition unit configured to receive an invisible light fluorescence image signal for the subject, and an image projection unit configured to project an image onto the subject; and an image processing unit configured to process an image received from the image acquisition unit. This apparatus may simultaneously acquire and display the visible light image and the invisible light fluorescence image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2017
    Inventors: Byeong Il Lee, In Hee Shin, Jae Seok Park, Joo Beom Eom, Hyung Ju Park, Seok Ki Kim
  • Patent number: 9675238
    Abstract: An endoscopic device that irradiates a plurality of illuminating lights having different spectrums from each other onto a subject at a front edge of an endoscope inserting module and captures the subject to obtain an observation image, includes an illuminating module that generates the plurality of illuminating lights, an imaging module that captures the subject and outputs an image signal of the observation image, a light intensity ratio control module that controls the illuminating module to irradiate the plurality of illuminating lights onto the subject with a set light intensity ratio by setting the light intensity ratio of the plurality of illuminating lights for every observation image, and a color tone correcting module that corrects the color tone of the image signal so as to obtain the observation image with substantially a same color tone even though the light intensity ratio is changed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2017
    Inventors: Takayuki Iida, Toshihiko Kaku, Hiroshi Yamaguchi, Takaaki Saito
  • Patent number: 9526144
    Abstract: A light source apparatus includes a cooling device configured to be able to cool a semiconductor light-emitting device, a light-emitting device drive section that supplies a semiconductor light-emitting device drive signal to the semiconductor light-emitting device, a cooling device drive section that supplies a cooling device drive signal to the cooling device, a semiconductor light-emitting device drive control section that sets a duty ratio of the semiconductor light-emitting device drive signal and controls an amount of light emission of the semiconductor light-emitting device, and a cooling device drive control section that generates the cooling device drive signal having a same duty ratio as the duty ratio of the semiconductor light-emitting device drive signal and having timing synchronized with the semiconductor light-emitting device drive signal and adjusts a signal level of the cooling device drive signal based on a measurement result of a temperature of the semiconductor light-emitting device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 20, 2016
    Inventors: Yusuke Yabe, Tomoya Takahashi, Yusuke Yoshida, Masato Toda
  • Patent number: 9498109
    Abstract: Provided is a fluorescence endoscope device that includes a light source; an image generating portion that captures an image of fluorescence generated at a subject due to irradiation with excitation light to obtain a fluorescence image and that captures an image of return light returning from the subject due to irradiation with white light to obtain a white-light image; a dividing portion that divides the fluorescence image by the white-light image to generate a divided fluorescence image; a coordinate extracting portion that extracts a second region of the divided fluorescence image having a gradation value higher than a second threshold; a fluorescence-image correcting portion that extracts a first region having a gradation value higher than a first threshold in the fluorescence image and generates a corrected fluorescence image in which an overlap region that overlaps the second region is extracted; and a monitor that displays the corrected fluorescence image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2016
    Inventor: Yasushige Ishihara
  • Patent number: 9314149
    Abstract: An illumination device for a speculum may include a first housing part and a second housing part that define a cavity therein. The illumination device may further include a pull tab configured to move from a first position to a second position. When the pull tab moves from the first position to the second position, the pull tab may be disposed so as to allow an electric circuit to be complete so as to provide illumination from an illumination source. When the pull tab is disposed in the first position, the pull tab may be positioned to interrupt the electric circuit such that the illumination device is in an unilluminated state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2016
    Assignee: WELCH ALLYN, INC.
    Inventors: Robert L. Vivenzio, Raymond A. Lia, Michael T. McMahon, Jon R. Salvati
  • Patent number: 9287436
    Abstract: A display device includes: a first substrate; a photo transistor on the first substrate; and a switching transistor connected to the photo transistor. The photo transistor includes a light blocking film on the first substrate, a first gate electrode on the light blocking film and in contact with the light blocking film, a first semiconductor layer on the first gate electrode and overlapping the light blocking film, and a first source electrode and a first drain electrode on the first semiconductor layer. The switching transistor includes a second gate electrode on the first substrate, a second semiconductor layer on the second gate electrode and overlapping the second gate electrode, and a second source electrode and a second drain electrode on the second semiconductor layer. The first semiconductor layer and the second semiconductor layer are at a same layer of the display device, and each includes crystalline silicon germanium.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 15, 2016
    Inventors: Sang Youn Han, Cheol Kyu Kim, Jun Ho Song, Sung Hoon Yang, Kyung Tea Park, Seung Mi Seo, Suk Won Jung, Do Young Kim, Sun Jo Kim, Hyung Jun Kim
  • Patent number: 9280003
    Abstract: A method for imaging a scan region by controlling at least one of the relative phase and relative amplitude of multiple optical modes propagating through a multimode optical fiber to control the position of an output beam emitted from the output facet of the optical fiber is disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2016
    Assignee: The Board of Trustees of the Leland Stanford Junior University
    Inventors: Kristen Judith Boucher Anand, Olav Solgaard, Joseph M. Kahn, Catherine Jan
  • Patent number: 9239133
    Abstract: A solid state illumination system is disclosed, wherein a light source module comprises a first light source, comprising an LED and a phosphor layer, the LED emitting a wavelength ?1 in an absorption band of the phosphor layer for generating longer wavelength broadband light emission from the phosphor, ??PHOSPHOR, and a second light source comprising a laser emitting a wavelength ?2 in the absorption band of the phosphor layer. While operating the LED, concurrent laser pumping of the phosphor layer increases the light emission of the phosphor, and provides high brightness emission, e.g. in green, yellow or amber spectral regions. Additional modules, which provide emission at other wavelengths, e.g. in the UV and near UV spectral bands, together with dichroic beam-splitters/combiners allow for an efficient, compact, high-brightness illumination system, suitable for fluorescence imaging and analysis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 19, 2016
    Assignee: Excelitas Canada, Inc.
    Inventors: Yong Wang, Paul Constantinou
  • Patent number: 9176316
    Abstract: An improved spatial light modulation display system includes light sources for providing red, green, and blue light. A system controller includes functionality for controlling a color balance of the red, green, and blue light. A sensor is provided for sensing light from each of the light sources. The controller can detect a shift in color balance based on the intensity of light sensed by the sensor. If the sensor output indicates that the sensor is operating out of a desirable range, the spatial light modulator can modulate the light in order change the brightness of light sensed by the sensor. The modulation pattern can be varied until the sensor output is a specified value or within a specified range of values. In a preferred embodiment, the sensor is located to receive off-state light from the spatial light modulator so as to avoid obstruction of light used for displaying images.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2015
    Inventors: Daniel J. Morgan, Roger S. Carver
  • Patent number: 9155457
    Abstract: An endoscope apparatus includes a white LED that emits synthesized light of the excitation light and the fluorescence, a CCD that picks up an image of an observation part, a brightness detecting section that detects brightness of an optical image of the observation part based on an image pickup signal outputted by the CCD, a light adjusting circuit that adjusts driving time of the semiconductor light source, a color correction parameter deriving section that derives a first color correction parameter for correcting a gain of a color component signal related to the excitation light in a video signal, and a second color correction parameter for correcting a gain of a color component signal related to the fluorescence, and a color tone varying section that corrects the excitation-light-related gain with the first color correction parameter, and corrects fluorescence-related gain with the second color correction parameter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2015
    Inventor: Shinji Yamashita
  • Patent number: 9113814
    Abstract: An endoscope apparatus and image processing method of an endoscope apparatus are provided. In one respect, an endoscope apparatus includes an illumination unit for selectively providing light in a plurality of wavelength bands and white light, a sensing unit for receiving light reflected from a body cavity, and an image processing unit for generating additional synthesized images.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2015
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Won-hee Choe, Jae-guyn Lim, Seong-deok Lee
  • Patent number: 9072457
    Abstract: A cam face 303a of a cam 303 has a shape depending on the distribution of the light amount in the cross-section of reference light LR. When the cam 303 is rotated by a stepping motor 302, an abutment 312 moves following the displacement of the cam face 302a with the rotation of the cam 303. A light-blocking link 310 rotates about the axis of rotation 311 with the movement of the abutment 312. A shield 313 moves in a first direction with the rotation of the light-blocking link 310 to change the shielding region of the reference light LR. A light-blocking plate 400 can shield the reference light LR from a second direction different from a shielding direction (first direction) by an attenuator 300. The light-blocking plate 400 is moved by a drive mechanism 410 and changes the shielding region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2015
    Inventors: Shigeru Okikawa, Tomoyoshi Abe
  • Publication number: 20150141758
    Abstract: A light source system includes an endoscope having an illumination section and an illumination control section connected to the endoscope and provided with a drive circuit that generates drive pulses for driving the light source, the light source system including: a type information generating section that generates type information regarding the endoscope; a signal generating section generates a signal indicative of a duty ratio of the drive pulses which is permitted to the illumination section; a light adjusting section that outputs light-adjusted drive pulses having a duty ratio not greater than a permissible duty ratio based on the type information and a limiting section that limits the light-adjusted drive pulses to have a duty ratio not greater than a duty ratio based on the signal from the signal generating section, and provides limited pulses to the drive circuit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 21, 2015
    Publication date: May 21, 2015
    Inventors: Ryohei KAGAWA, Hidetsugu TAKAHASHI, Hidetaro KONO
  • Publication number: 20150119646
    Abstract: A method of laparoscopically implanting an electrically stimulating lead proximate the lower esophageal sphincter (LES) of a patient includes delivering the lead through a port of a laparoscope inserted into the abdominal cavity of the patient through an incision in the abdominal wall. The stimulating electrode is implanted in or proximate the muscularis layer of the lower esophageal wall to treat esophageal reflux disease (GERD). The lead includes a needle and suture at its distal end for pulling the electrode into the muscular wall of the LES. Clips are applied to the suture attached to the distal end of the lead to prevent retrograde movement of the electrode. The lead also includes an anchoring member for anchoring the portion of the lead proximal to the electrode. The method and lead used with the method allow the surgeon to work within the confined anatomy present at the gastroesophageal junction and prevents backwards movement and dislodgment of the electrode.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 20, 2014
    Publication date: April 30, 2015
    Inventors: Virender K. Sharma, Shai Policker, Paul V. Goode, Ofer Glasberg
  • Patent number: 9017248
    Abstract: A capsule for determining the blood content of living tissue in vivo in a patient to detect tumors. The capsule includes a light source and a light detector for directing light onto the tissue and for receiving interacted light therefrom. By analyzing the interacted light, a determination can be made of the blood content of that tissue. There are various ways of positioning the capsule so that it contacts the tissue in the desired orientation of the light source and light detector. There is also a system for determining the actual contact between the capsule and the tissue. A calibration system is also used that allows a self calibration that can be carried out easily and accurately just prior to the use of the capsule.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2007
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2015
    Assignee: Olympus Medical Systems Corp.
    Inventors: Kazuhiro Gono, Takeshi Suga
  • Patent number: 9011321
    Abstract: The invention relates to an ingestible capsule and method for in vivo imaging and/or treatment of one or more diseased areas of interest within the gastrointestinal tract of an animal or human being.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Assignee: Koninklijke Philips N.V.
    Inventors: Bernardus Hendrikus Wilhelmus Hendriks, Michael Harald Kuhn, Thomas Zaengel, Nijs Cornelis Van Der Vaart
  • Patent number: 8998802
    Abstract: An endoscope includes an insert section to be inserted into the body cavity, an illumination window for directing illumination light therethrough and an observation window for observing an illuminated internal portion of the body cavity, arranged at a distal end portion of the insert section, and a blood flow changing section for changing a blood flow of blood flowing through a vessel in a near-surface region of a living organ inside the body cavity by providing one of a temperature change and vibration energy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2006
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2015
    Assignee: Olympus Medical Systems Corp.
    Inventors: Kazuhiro Gono, Takaaki Gono, Naruto Shinkai
  • Publication number: 20150094530
    Abstract: A light source apparatus for endoscopic imaging includes a light source for emitting at least narrow band blue light and narrow band green light, to illuminate an object in a body cavity. The light source is changeable over between field sequential lighting and simultaneous lighting. The light source, upon setting of the field sequential lighting, emits the narrow band blue light and narrow band green light in a discrete manner, and upon setting of the simultaneous lighting, simultaneously emits the narrow band blue light and narrow band green light. A connector is connectable with an endoscope having a complementary color image sensor of yellow, magenta and cyan, for imaging the object. A controller sets the field sequential lighting assuming that the endoscope is connected to the light source and assuming that the light source is used for emitting the narrow band blue light and narrow band green light.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 26, 2014
    Publication date: April 2, 2015
    Inventor: Yoshiyuki MORIYA
  • Publication number: 20150088001
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to an illumination system for endoscopic applications comprising at least one substantially monochromatic light source having a predefined central wavelength between 400 and 500 nm or between 500 and 550 nm, an optical transmission path adapted to guide light emanating from the light source to an endoscopic region of examination, and an optical band-rejection filter, wherein the illumination system is adapted to illuminate at least a part of the region of examination by generating autofluorescence in surrounding tissue, and the band-rejection filter is adapted to attenuate at least said light source wavelength to a viewer and wherein said light source is the single light source in the illumination system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 19, 2012
    Publication date: March 26, 2015
    Applicant: Technical University of Denmark
    Inventors: Lars Lindvold, Gregers Hermann
  • Patent number: 8988518
    Abstract: A medical imaging system includes a first lens set, a light source and an image forming module. The medical imaging system of the present invention configures the light source according to the object-image relationship of lens, so that illuminating light may sufficiently enter a cavity, significantly increasing the luminous efficiency. Also, the image forming and illuminating components are integrated into one system, thereby achieving advantages of reduced volume and cost saving.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2015
    Assignee: Medimaging Integrated Solution, Inc.
    Inventors: Chu-Ming Cheng, Long-Sheng Liao, Yi-Wen Chen
  • Patent number: 8979741
    Abstract: An endoscopic apparatus according to the invention has an illumination unit capable of emitting to a subject first narrow band light having a wavelength band in a blue region and second narrow band light having a wavelength band in a green region, an image pickup unit which picks up a first subject image when the subject in the living body is illuminated with the first narrow band light, and picks up a second subject image when the subject in the living body is illuminated with the second narrow band light, a storage unit which stores the first subject image as a green component and a blue component, and stores the second subject image as a red component and a blue component, and a color tone conversion unit which performs predetermined color conversion processing to form an image of a predetermined object as an image having a predetermined first color.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2015
    Assignee: Olympus Medical Systems Corp.
    Inventors: Makoto Igarashi, Kenji Yamazaki
  • Publication number: 20150073210
    Abstract: An exemplary apparatus for imaging at least one anatomical structure can be provided. For example, the apparatus can include an endoscopic first arrangement, a radiation source second arrangement which provides at least one electro-magnetic radiation, and a third arrangement attached to at least one portion of the endoscopic arrangement. The third arrangement can contain an optical arrangement which, upon impact by the at least one electro-magnetic radiation and based thereon, may transmit a first radiation and reflects a second radiation. The first radiation can impact at least one first portion of the anatomical structure(s), and the second radiation can impact at least one second portion of the anatomical structure(s). The first and second portions can be at least partially different from one another. Further, the first and second radiations can have characteristics which are different from one another.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Publication date: March 12, 2015
    Inventors: Kevin Woods, Brett Eugene Bouma, Guillermo J. Tearney, Dongkyun Kang, Tao Wu
  • Patent number: 8974378
    Abstract: A scanning endoscope apparatus includes a light source section that emits illumination light, an optical fiber that irradiates the illumination light from a distal end to a subject with directivity, a drive element and a scanning drive section that perform scanning by the distal end of the optical fiber, a first light detection section that detects light from a direction of the distal end of the optical fiber, a second light detection section that detects light from an entire scanning range, and an image processing section that forms image information to be outputted to a display section based on a result of addition of a detection result corresponding to an external factor light component in a first light detection result and a second light detection result.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2015
    Assignee: Olympus Medical Systems Corp.
    Inventors: Katsuichi Imaizumi, Tetsuhide Takeyama
  • Publication number: 20150065802
    Abstract: A light source apparatus outputs light for an endoscope apparatus. A blue LED emits blue light with a peak wavelength equal to or longer than 450 nm. A wavelength cut-off filter is disposed downstream of the blue LED, for cutting off a component in the blue light having a wavelength equal to or longer than the peak wavelength. Preferably, the wavelength cut-off filter cuts off a component of a wavelength equal to or longer than a reference wavelength in a wavelength range equal to or longer than the peak wavelength. A mode changer changes over an enhancement mode and a normal mode, the enhancement mode is set for enhancing and imaging a surface blood vessel of the object by use of the wavelength cut-off filter, the normal mode is set for imaging the object by disabling a function of the wavelength cut-off filter.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 30, 2014
    Publication date: March 5, 2015
    Inventors: Satoshi OZAWA, Eiji OHASHI, Yoshinori MORIMOTO
  • Patent number: 8956281
    Abstract: An in vivo endoscope illuminates tissue using multiple sources. Light from a short-range source exits a tubular wall of the endoscope through a first illumination region that overlaps an imaging region, and the light returns through the imaging region after reflection by tissue, to form an image in a camera. Light from a long-range source exits the tubular wall through a second illumination region that does not overlap the imaging region. The endoscope of some embodiments includes a mirror, and light from an emitter for the short-range source is split and reaches the first illumination region from both sides of an optical axis of the camera. Illuminating the first illumination region with split fractions of light results in greater uniformity of illumination, than illuminating directly with an un-split beam. The energy generated by each source is changed depending on distance of the tissue to be imaged.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 17, 2015
    Assignee: Capso Vision, Inc.
    Inventor: Gordon C. Wilson
  • Publication number: 20150031950
    Abstract: An endoscope includes a substantially rigid shaft having a distal end and a proximal portion, the shaft having a first lumen and a second lumen separate from the first lumen, the second lumen containing one or more objective lenses disposed at the distal end thereof. A housing is mounted on the proximal portion of the shaft, the housing including an eyepiece mount and a light input port. An image fiber bundle is disposed in the second lumen, the image fiber bundle extending proximally from adjacent the one or more objective lenses to the eyepiece mount. An illumination fiber bundle is disposed in the second lumen, the illumination fiber bundle extending proximally from the distal end of the shaft to the light input port.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 15, 2014
    Publication date: January 29, 2015
    Inventors: John R. Drontle, Chad G. Harris, Anthony J. Hanson, John A. Gauvin, Paul R. Lesch, Timothy B. Petrick, Thomas V. Ressemann
  • Patent number: 8939901
    Abstract: An endoscope apparatus includes: a light source device radiating at least one or more illumination lights having a predetermined wavelength band to a subject; a CCD picking up an image of a return light from the subject based on radiation of the illumination light from the light source device; an image processing section outputting a first image signal of a first wavelength band having a peak wavelength of spectral characteristic, between a wavelength band including a maximum value and a wavelength band at a minimum value with regard to an absorption characteristic of living tissue, after image pickup by the CCD; and an observation monitor performing image display on the basis of the first image signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 27, 2015
    Assignees: Olympus Medical Systems Corp., Olympus Corporation
    Inventors: Makoto Igarashi, Tetsuo Nonami, Kenji Taira
  • Patent number: 8936548
    Abstract: An endoscope 100 includes a first light source 45 that emits white illumination light, a second light source 47 that emits narrow-band light and an imaging section that has an imaging device 21 having plural detection pixels and images a region to be observed. The imaging section is caused to output a captured image signal including both a return light component of the white illumination light from the region to be observed by and a return light component of the narrow-band light the white illumination light. From the captured image signal, the return light component of the narrow-band light is selectively extracted, and a brightness level of the extracted return light component of the narrow-band light is changed by changing a light amount of light emitted from the second light source 47.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 20, 2015
    Assignee: Fujifilm Corporation
    Inventors: Satoshi Ozawa, Akihiko Erikawa, Azuchi Endo