Illuminated Patents (Class 600/241)
  • Publication number: 20130178714
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a tongue depressor with a light. The present invention relates to a tongue depressor designed to be utilized when the clinician is positioned behind the head of the patient, for example, during anesthesia in surgery where insertion or removal of an airway device into the patient is necessary. The depressor comprises an anatomical bend, gripping surface for holding the depressor, a tissue grabbing surface, and a barrel end at the distal end of the grabbing and moving tissue, such as the tongue.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 1, 2013
    Publication date: July 11, 2013
    Inventor: Philip J. Martin
  • Patent number: 8257250
    Abstract: A laryngoscope for use in viewing the vocal cords of a patient in performance of an endotracheal intubation. The laryngoscope includes a handle to be gripped by a medical professional in performing the endotracheal intubation; a blade portion extending from the handle to lift the patient's tongue and mandible for viewing the vocal cords and aid in the insertion of an endotracheal tube; a power source; and a black light source powered by the power source and carried by the blade portion to prompt the visible effects of fluorescence and phosphorescence with respect to the patient's vocal cords for viewing the vocal cords and passing of the endotracheal tube there between during endotracheal intubation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2012
    Assignee: Intubrite, LLC
    Inventors: James P. Tenger, Leslie A. Tenger, John R. Hicks
  • Patent number: 8012087
    Abstract: A laryngoscope blade for use in viewing the vocal cords of a patient in performance of an endotracheal intubation includes a laryngoscope blade portion connectable to a laryngoscope handle to lift the patient's tongue and mandible for viewing the vocal cords and aid in the insertion of an endotracheal tube; and a black light source carried by the blade portion to prompt the visible effects of fluorescence and phosphorescence with respect to the patient's vocal cords for viewing the vocal cords and passing of the endotracheal tube there between during endotracheal intubation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2011
    Assignee: Intubrite, LLC
    Inventors: James P. Tenger, Leslie A. Tenger, John R. Hicks
  • Publication number: 20110060192
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention include an insertion aid device with a handle, a tongue depressor, a tracheal suction catheter guide, and a guide with a recess formed by a pair of prongs. The guide may be configured to accommodate the cross-sectional shape of a tracheal suction catheter, a nasogastric tube, or an orogastric tube. The tracheal suction catheter guide may include a connection port configured to couple to an in-line suction catheter. A light source may be included with the insertion aid device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 21, 2010
    Publication date: March 10, 2011
    Inventor: NICK PASTRON
  • Patent number: 7887483
    Abstract: The present invention discloses a safe surgical mouth gag (MG) having a substantially planar frame larger than the maximal mouth aperture which is defined by at least two cross members, i.e., a longitudinal maxillary cross member and a mandibular cross member and by at least one rod connecting said maxillary and said mandibular cross members; and modules maneuverably interconnected to the same. The modules are selected from a tongue blade approximately perpendicular to the frames' plane, which is vertically displaceable with respect to said mandibular cross member; a retaining member within which said tongue blade shaft is slidably displaceable; retraction elements for urging the cheeks away from the oral cavity; abutment members for contacting the upper teeth or upper maxilla; and at least one light auxiliary located adjacent to oral cavity, adapted to illuminate the same effectively.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2005
    Date of Patent: February 15, 2011
    Assignee: 4-MED Ltd.
    Inventor: Lior Rosenberg
  • Patent number: 7540840
    Abstract: A tongue depressor includes a handle that can be grasped and held within a user's hand. An elongated implement is connected to a distal end of the handle and protrudes forwardly therefrom. A light source is situated to an interior of the handle and is proximally adjoined to the implement. The light source faces outwardly from the handle and emits light along a length of the implement. A power supply source is coupled to the light source. The light source is adaptable between on and off modes. A base member includes a grooved portion extending through a top surface thereof that receives and stores the handle therein. A recessed depression is formed adjacent to the grooved portion. A rack is positional into the recessed depression and is provided with notches that receive and support new implements therein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2005
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2009
    Inventor: Robert Lesko
  • Patent number: 7458932
    Abstract: A tongue stabilizer includes a tongue-engaging plate that is held on a laryngoscope blade by pressure sensitive adhesive, with a foam strip in-between to compensate for any irregularities between the tongue-engaging plate and the laryngoscope blade. The tongue-engaging plate is cup shape to cradle the tongue to prevent the tongue from interfering with the visibility and process of intubation. A protective strip can be used to cover the adhesive.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2003
    Date of Patent: December 2, 2008
    Inventor: William Y. Sun
  • Publication number: 20080242941
    Abstract: The present invention relates to an accessory apparatus for use with conventional tongue depressors. The apparatus comprises a platform, a lens/guard piece wherein said lens/guard has a diameter larger than an average adult's open mouth, and a hinge unit for attachment of said lens/guard to said platform. The apparatus may further comprise a light source and a USB camera.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 30, 2007
    Publication date: October 2, 2008
    Inventors: John Jungyoon Kim, James Jian Yu Chang
  • Publication number: 20040023184
    Abstract: Described are dental implements useful for inspecting tooth surfaces for abnormalities such as caries or plaque. Preferred implements of the invention include light emitting diodes mounted on an implement body having a mirror for insertion into a user's mouth. Such implements also have on-board batteries mounted in chambers in the implement handle, and a switch for energizing and de-energizing the LED with the battery. Also described are methods for examining tooth surfaces for abnormal conditions indicative of plaque involving illuminating surfaces with radiation at a wavelength in the range of 390-450 nm wherein the radiation is effective to cause detectable fluorescence emissions from bacterial metabolites known to be associated with plaque-containing surfaces, and detecting the emissions.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 31, 2002
    Publication date: February 5, 2004
    Inventors: Elbert de Josselin de Jong, Elbert Waller, Monique van der Veen
  • Patent number: 6544036
    Abstract: An illuminated examination mirror having a neck and angled head with a mirror that is at least partially encircled by light emitting surfaces which direct light to a common point above the surface of the mirror, thereby concentrating the available light for examination. The illuminated examination mirror may be manufactured as a head assembly which may be connected or integrated into a source of illumination, such as a battery powered or fixed illumination source.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2000
    Date of Patent: April 8, 2003
    Inventor: Steven J. Brattesani
  • Patent number: 6520909
    Abstract: The present invention contemplates a new device for adjustably attaching a tongue blade to an endoscope. In general, the device secures a tongue blade holder to the body of an endoscope and permits adjustment of the angle of the tongue blade with respect to the light source of the endoscope. Typically, the device has a clamp for receiving an endoscope body near the juncture of the handle and the light source of the endoscope. The clamp has a fastener for securing the clamp to the outer surface of the endoscope body and may be adapted for use with endoscopes somewhat larger or smaller in cross section than the clamp opening. The clamp has an attached tongue blade holder pivotably attached to the clamp and securable at an angle relative to the endoscope light source. The device also has several surfaces for the display of graphics.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2000
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2003
    Inventor: Robert C. Rankins
  • Patent number: 6350121
    Abstract: An illuminated examination mirror having a neck and angled head with a mirror that is at least partially encircled by light emitting surfaces which direct light to a common point above the surface of the mirror, thereby concentrating the available light for examination. The illuminated examination mirror may be manufactured as a head assembly which may be connected or integrated into a source of illumination, such as a battery powered or fixed illumination source.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2000
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2002
    Inventor: Steven J. Brattesani
  • Patent number: 6350235
    Abstract: A tongue depressor and throat viewing assembly which includes a disposable flat blade for depressing the tongue of a subject in order to expose his larynx for inspection so that its condition can be diagnosed. Attachable to the trailing end of the blade is a light source and throat viewer unit which projects a light beam to illuminate the exposed larynx and to obtain a digital image thereof which is conveyed to an external computer monitor station. At this station, the image is exhibited on a screen, and is stored in a database for future use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2000
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2002
    Inventors: Gerard Cohen, Alexander Strovinsky
  • Patent number: 6176824
    Abstract: A fiberoptically illuminated appliance is disclosed. The appliance includes a light source and an elongate fiberoptic cable, which is operably engaged to the light source and which conducts light from the light source therethrough. A translucent appliance is operated in a conventional manner to perform a primary predetermined function, which function is exclusive of lighting. The appliance includes a continuous light conducting pathway that is uninterrupted by air and a light-emitting surface formed on the periphery of the appliance and communicably connected to the light-conducting pathway. The cable and the appliance are communicably interengaged. Light is directed from the cable through the continuous light-conducting pathway to the light-emitting surface, from which surface light is projected to illuminate the primary predetermined function.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 1997
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2001
    Inventor: James M. Davis
  • Patent number: 6059723
    Abstract: A fiberoptically illuminated medical appliance, and in particular, an illuminated tongue depressor includes a light conducting blade, at least a portion of which is light projecting. The blade includes a light inlet that is operably engaged with the outlet of an optical fiber. The opposite inlet end of the optical fiber is operably interengaged with a fiberoptic illuminator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 1998
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2000
    Inventor: James M. Davis
  • Patent number: 6045499
    Abstract: A disposable tongue retractor having a tapered elongated body with downwardly curving hook ends.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 1999
    Date of Patent: April 4, 2000
    Inventor: Isadore Pitesky
  • Patent number: 5683350
    Abstract: A portable hand-held transluminating wand is disclosed which includes a hand grip portion containing the power source and an illumination source at a narrow terminating end. The illumination source is enclosed by a slide-on transparent cover which is shaped to permit insertion into a patient's mouth and placement against the roof of the mouth without discomfort. The translucent cover is tinted red to selectively provide light of a desired bandwidth beneficial to translumination of human tissue. The cover is clear in the region to be placed in contact with the roof of the mouth so that the light emitted in this region is not diffused but remains directed toward the roof of the mouth to facilitate translumination and frosted elsewhere to inhibit light leakage from the patient's mouth when closed about the device. The wand is constructed with a multi-position switch which permits the illumination source to be turned off and on through levels of illumination.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 1995
    Date of Patent: November 4, 1997
    Inventors: Glennon H. Paul, Mark A. Heitzman, John P. McGee
  • Patent number: 5460626
    Abstract: An apparatus for and a method of removing smoke and vaporized tissue from a patient's mouth and controlling a patient's tongue through use of a hollow tongue blade coupled to a pneumatic evacuation device which can be used in conjunction with a pharyngeal handpiece during laser applications.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 1994
    Date of Patent: October 24, 1995
    Assignee: Laser Industries, Ltd.
    Inventor: Yosef P. Krespi