With Illuminating Means Patents (Class 600/248)
  • Patent number: 10895506
    Abstract: A hands-free measuring by an operator a temperature of a subject is carried out by arranging a remote temperature measuring module including a contactless infrared thermometer with a laser providing a pointer spot, on an operator's head, positioning the operator with the applied temperature measuring module at a safe distance from the subject, moving the operator's body and/or head so as to point the contactless infrared thermometer and the laser pointer spot at the subject hands-free, activating the temperature measuring module and thereby measuring a temperature of the subject by the contactless infrared thermometer hands-free, and displaying the measured temperature of the subject on a digital display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 19, 2021
    Inventors: Victor Lander, Jacob Gitman
  • Patent number: 9366401
    Abstract: The lighting system 1 includes a light emitting unit 4 including light emitting diodes, and a securing member 5 for securing the light emitting unit 4 to a head of a healthcare worker. The radiation of light from the light emitting unit 4 eliminates the need for a shadowless lamp. When the light emitting unit 4 is fixed to the head, the light emitting unit 4 moves with the movement of the healthcare worker, and furthermore, when the healthcare worker moves his or her head, the direction of light radiation can be changed as desired. The use of an auxiliary lighting unit 6 and a camera 22 can provide safe surgery.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2016
    Inventors: Isamu Koyama, Takeshi Tanaka, Shuro Hayashi
  • Patent number: 9062833
    Abstract: A medical light source device worn on the body of an operator enables the application range to be set at a state displaced from the direction in which the body currently faces. An acceleration sensor 106 is attached to a holder 7 to put an illumination section 1 on the body of the operator, and detects a motion of the body of the operator. When an application-range center position setting switch 107b is operated, a position detecting section 108 detects a center position based on the acceleration information detected by the acceleration sensor 106, and an optical axis adjusting section 108 fixes the optical axis of the illumination section 1 to the detected center position. Then, the application angle of application light from the illumination section 1 is capable of being adjusted in a plurality of stages by an application control section 110.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2015
    Assignees: ACP JAPAN CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Shoichi Nakamura
  • Patent number: 8415647
    Abstract: The invention relates to a radiation device that includes a housing, a light-emitting unit and a light-absorbing unit which is provided with an inlet opening and a reflector element. The reflector element extends across the entire distance between the light-emitting unit and the inlet opening of the light-absorbing unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2013
    Assignee: 3M Innovative Properties Company
    Inventor: Martin G. Hartung
  • Patent number: 8240769
    Abstract: A multipurpose, lower extremity, examination stool, has at least one light set in integral cooperation with at least one mirror to facilitate an examination of a foot by a person, a clinician, or a doctor. The foot examination stool preferably has a top mirror and a slide mirror. The slide mirror is slidably mounted below the top mirror and has a set of lights, to illuminate both the slide mirror and the lower extremity being tested or examined. The top mirror is illuminated by two sets of lights hingedly or rotatably mounted adjacently thereto and perpendicular to the slide mirror.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2012
    Inventors: Adam Story, Kurt K. Hubbard
  • Patent number: 8128662
    Abstract: A plurality of individual tools is provided where each tool is uniquely configured to perform a step or a portion of a step in a novel procedure associated with the implantation of a stabilizing device (e.g., an interspinous spacer) for stabilizing at least one spinal motion segment. The tools are usable individually, or more preferably as a tooling system in which the tools are collectively employed to implant an interspinous spacer, generally in a minimally invasive manner. For example, each of the tools is arranged with coordinated markings and/or other features to ensure consistent depths of insertion, proper orientation of the tools with respect to each other or an anatomical feature of the patient, and precise delivery of the spacer to maintain safe positioning throughout the implantation procedure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2006
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2012
    Assignee: VertiFlex, Inc.
    Inventors: Moti Altarac, Shawn Tebbe, Robert Gutierrez, Daniel H. Kim, J. Christopher Flaherty
  • Patent number: 7990587
    Abstract: An electronic endoscope has a video-scope with an image sensor, a light source, a signal reading processor, a shading member, a driver, and a driving controller. The signal reading processor alternately reads odd-line image-pixel signals and even-line image-pixel signals over one-frame reading interval, when forming a still image on the basis of one frame worth of image-pixel signals generated by a one-time exposure. The shading member blocks the illuminating light. The driver selectively arranges the shading member at a non-shading position that enable the illuminating light to pass and at a shading position that blocks the light. The driving controller controls the driver by a sequence of pulse signals so as to position the shading member at the shading position for a shading-interval in the one-frame reading interval, and so as to position the shading member at the non-shading position for a remaining reading-interval.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2005
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2011
    Assignee: Hoya Corporation
    Inventor: Yasuharu Watanabe
  • Patent number: 7665875
    Abstract: An articulating dental operatory light having an electrically powered light source and a mounting assembly with at least a ball and socket joint, and optionally an additional joint, for multi-axial and multi-directional positioning and adjusting of the lamp head assembly, and a rotational stop for preventing damage to electrical wires passing through the joints. The rotational stop comprises a keyed shaft containing the electrical wires, that cooperates with the ball portion of the joint, and a first stop member connected to a remote end of the keyed shaft that interferes with a second stop member, thereby preventing a full 360 degree rotation of the ball portion relative to the socket member of the joint and minimizing twisting damage to the electrical wires.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2010
    Inventor: Rick Whitman
  • Patent number: 7562999
    Abstract: An operating lamp includes a center optical system, and a plurality of side optical systems. Each of the optical systems includes a plurality of light sources. Each of the light sources includes a condensing lens and an LED. When the positions of the condensing lens with respect to the LEDs are adjusted, the operating lamp is still able to generate a light field of a substantial Gaussian distribution. Thus the light intensity corresponding to the center of the operating lamp can still be optimized even when the light field is increased or decreased.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2007
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2009
    Assignee: Mediland Enterprise Corporation
    Inventor: Lien-Chen Chen
  • Patent number: 7455519
    Abstract: A dental mirror includes a mirror assembly and a handle having an interior cavity. The handle further includes a non-circular aperture proximate one end, which communicates with the interior cavity. A push-arm extends through the aperture toward the mirror assembly and has a non-circular shape. The push-arm also has a wiper support, and a sponge is secured within the wiper support. The push-arm is selectively movable to carry the sponge over the mirror assembly, and the aperture prevents relative rotation of the push-arm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2006
    Date of Patent: November 25, 2008
    Inventor: Ricky A. Barstow
  • Publication number: 20080255411
    Abstract: An endoscope system includes a light source, a scope, a detector, an adjuster, and a tool. The light source emits illuminating light to illuminate a subject. The scope transmits the illuminating light for emission from the end of the scope. The detector detects the luminance and/or chromaticity of an entering light that enters the scope. The adjuster adjusts the light amount and/or white balance of the illuminating light, based on the luminance and/or chromaticity of the entering light. The end of the scope is inserted into the tool. The tool includes a reflecting member that reflects the illuminating light emitted from the end of the scope so as to become the entering light. The distance between the end of the scope that is inserted into the tool and the reflecting member is adjustable.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 4, 2007
    Publication date: October 16, 2008
    Inventor: Shotaro KOBAYASHI
  • Patent number: 7321385
    Abstract: A surgical light system (10) includes a lighthead (44) coupled to a suspension arm (41?) adapted for mounting to a surface (14) of a surgical room. A bulb (130) is disposed in the lighthead. A processor (120) in the lighthead is operatively coupled with the bulb for controlling an intensity of light of the bulb and is adapted to generate a lighthead status signal representative of a first status of the lighthead. A control apparatus (32, 34) is in operative communication with the processor (120) in the lighthead. The control apparatus receives the lighthead status signal and selects a set of control algorithms from among a group of algorithms based on the lighthead status signal for controlling the lighthead.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2003
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2008
    Assignee: Steris Inc.
    Inventors: Steven H. Rus, Terry A. Drabinski, James A. Petrucci, David Jesurun, Alan J. Greszler, Yury Keselman
  • Patent number: 6886979
    Abstract: A temperature measure device having a light source to provide the user an effective and efficient means to take temperatures in a low-lighted area. A temperature measure device having a cartridge to store, dispense and discard the covers. The covers made of a thin narrow flexible material that is housed by a body and conveniently stored inside or in the proximity of the temperature-measuring device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2003
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2005
    Inventor: Carl J Conforti
  • Patent number: 6773807
    Abstract: An apparatus for conveying information and a method of using said apparatus during a medical emergency. The apparatus consists of a perforated adhesive tape with a front side and a back side. The back side includes an adhesive applied thereto to enable the tape to be affixed to a secondary surface. The front side includes borders on each side thereof. The borders are comprised of a reflective material. A middle section between the two borders includes a material with a surface adapted to receive indicia from a writing utensil. Adjacent segments of the tape are separated by perforations. During use, a writing utensil may be used to apply indicia to the middle section of a segment of the tape. The segment may be removed from an adjacent segment along the perforations, and the tape may be applied to a secondary surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2002
    Date of Patent: August 10, 2004
    Assignee: McCalland Innovations, LLC
    Inventors: Cathy A. Landberg, Billy W. McDonald
  • Patent number: 6616603
    Abstract: An anoscope for surgery and/or inspection comprising: a tubular body (2) having a distal blind end and a proximal open end; an inner light reflecting surface (7) located at said distal blind end; at least one slot (3) formed in said tubular body; a light source (6) placed in light reflection relationship with said inner reflecting surface (7), and a maneuvering handle (5) arranged to act on said proximal end of said tubular body (2).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2002
    Date of Patent: September 9, 2003
    Inventor: Paolo Fontana
  • Patent number: 6598992
    Abstract: A lightweight, portable foot inspection mirror, and method for its manufacture, with magnification and high intensity lighting sufficient for detailed viewing by a human adult of his or her own foot surfaces from a standing position. The present invention also has an illuminated activation switch configured for easy operation by a toe or other portion of a human foot, timed operation that allows for automatic deactivation of the high intensity lighting at a pre-set time after being switched on, and an optional elongated handle. Although not limited thereto, use of the present invention is particularly suited for foot inspection by diabetics and others interested in frequently monitoring foot health.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2002
    Date of Patent: July 29, 2003
    Inventor: John Lucius Ames
  • Patent number: 6050939
    Abstract: A laryngeal mirror arrangement comprises a palm-grippable housing that supports a thin elongate shank. A mirror is pivotably mounted at the end of the shank and controlled to pivot by movement of a finger trigger. A hand torch slidably fits into a cylindrical hollow formed in the housing to focus a beam of light onto the mirror for use in a larynx inspection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 1999
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2000
    Inventor: Martin Pak Wai
  • Patent number: 5957687
    Abstract: A hand-held diagnostic unit simplifies the process of monitoring the teeth for the presence of plaque, or other foreign matter, in the oral cavity. The unit includes a source of filtered light and a mirror, both contained within the same housing. The mirror is inclined relative to the front vertical wall of the housing, and a spring-loaded switch on the housing activates the light. The user coats the teeth with a substance which fluoresces when illuminated with light of the proper frequency, and which therefore enhances the visibility of plaque. The user holds the diagnostic unit opposite the teeth, activates the light, and points the unit so as to direct light towards the area of interest, while monitoring the teeth by looking at the mirror of the diagnostic unit. The inclination of the mirror makes it easy to view most areas of the mouth and to determine whether plaque is present. The diagnostic unit can therefore be operated with one hand, and can be easily transported from one location to another.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 1998
    Date of Patent: September 28, 1999
    Assignee: Plak-Lite Company LLC
    Inventor: Herbert Brilliant
  • Patent number: 5506763
    Abstract: The incandescent bulb and reflector system, and method of making, of the present invention includes a small incandescent lamp which is incorporated into one of several embodiments of a reflector base. In a first embodiment, the reflector base is formed as a single piece, in a second embodiment, the reflector base is formed as a base with a separately formed and overlying reflector, in a third embodiment, the reflector base is formed as a base with a separately formed and overlying reflector having an extended axial length land, and in a fourth embodiment, the reflector base is formed as a base with a separately formed reflector which fits within the base. The method of making involves the automated processing of a length of bar stock material, and the subsequent assembly of the component parts to form a lamp system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 1995
    Date of Patent: April 9, 1996
    Inventor: Curtis J. Carley
  • Patent number: 5501652
    Abstract: A self-examination otoscope for allowing a user to examine an eardrum and external canal of one of his own ears comprising an elongated bored housing having an eyepiece end positionable near a user's eye for viewing and a speculum end simultaneously positionable within the user's ear; a lamp mechanism coupled to the housing for transmitting light towards the user's ear when the speculum end of the housing is positioned therein; a power source mechanism for supplying electrical energy to the lamp mechanism; a light direction mechanism secured within the housing for directing light entering the speculum end towards the eyepiece end; and a lens mechanism secured within the housing for allowing light transmitted towards the eyepiece end to be focused for allowing the user a clear view of his ear.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 1994
    Date of Patent: March 26, 1996
    Inventor: William A. Woods