Conduit With Self-propelled Or Remote Control Means Patents (Class 604/95.01)
  • Patent number: 11403759
    Abstract: Methods and apparatuses provide improved navigation through tubular networks such as lung airways by providing improved estimation of location and orientation information of a medical instrument (e.g., an endoscope) within the tubular network. Various input data such as image data, EM data, and robot data are used by different algorithms to estimate the state of the medical instrument, and the state information is used to locate a specific site within a tubular network and/or to determine navigation information for what positions/orientations the medical instrument should travel through to arrive at the specific site. Probability distributions together with confidence values are generated corresponding to different algorithms are used to determine the medical instrument's estimated state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2022
    Assignee: Auris Health, Inc.
    Inventors: David S. Mintz, Atiyeh Ghoreyshi, Prasanth Jeevan, Yiliang Xu, Gehua Yang, Matthew Joseph Leotta, Charles V. Stewart
  • Patent number: 11403848
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to an augmented reality (AR) enabled electronic device and method. The electronic device includes a camera, a display, touch input circuitry, a motion sensor, and a processor. The processor implements the method, including acquiring a preview image captured by the at least one camera, setting an object area and/or a space area in the preview image, displaying the acquired preview image on the display, detecting an input to the display using the touch input circuitry, determining whether the detected input requests application of an object-based drawing or a space-based drawing, and applying the object-based drawing or the space-based drawing to the to the acquired preview image according to the detected input.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2022
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Daiwoong Choi, Hyunjin Kim, Hongil Kim, Laejung Park, Byungjun Son, Sanghun Lee, Jiyoon Park
  • Patent number: 11395579
    Abstract: A handheld endoscope has a disposable, single-use portion that includes a fluid hub, cannula, distal tip and is steerable by the operator though actuation of one or two levers. The endoscope also includes re-usable portion that has a handle and display module. The distal tip includes LED illumination and an imaging module that feeds live video to the display module that is rotatable to allow viewing by the operator and others. The single-use and re-usable portions mate and un-mate with each other via physically separated mechanical and electrical connectors. The single use portion can include grasper device that can be actuated by an operator using an actuation tab.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2021
    Date of Patent: July 26, 2022
    Assignee: UroViu Corporation
    Inventors: Xiaolong Ouyang, Chih-Yu Ting, Shih-Ping Wang
  • Patent number: 11382705
    Abstract: A robotic surgical instrument comprising: a shaft; an articulation at a distal end of the shaft configured to articulate an end effector, the articulation driveable by a pair of driving elements; and an instrument interface at a proximal end of the shaft, the instrument interface comprising: an instrument interface element configured to drive the pair of driving elements, the instrument interface element displaceable over a displacement range, the pair of driving elements fast with the instrument interface element such that a displacement of the instrument interface element is transferred to the pair of driving elements; a tensioning mechanism configured to tension the pair of driving elements; and an alignment mechanism configured to set the displacement position of the instrument interface element to a predetermined alignment position when the end effector has a predetermined configuration, the alignment mechanism being independent of the tensioning mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2022
    Assignee: CMR Surgical Limited
    Inventors: Ben Robert Chaplin, Keith Marshall, Nikki Priyam Su-Ling Phoolchund, Rebecca Anne Cuthbertson
  • Patent number: 11369447
    Abstract: A surgical system according to one or more embodiments may include: a plurality of surgical instruments each including a flexible shaft and an end effector; an insertion tube to hold the plurality of flexible shafts and to be inserted into a body of a patient from one end of the insertion tube; and a support device for supporting the plurality of surgical instruments and the insertion tube. The support device includes a plurality of supports respectively supporting the plurality of surgical instruments, a support mechanism supporting the plurality of supports together, and an insertion tube holder holding the insertion tube. The plurality of supports independently and movably support the plurality of surgical instruments, respectively.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2022
    Assignee: MEDICAROID CORPORATION
    Inventor: Tetsushi Ito
  • Patent number: 11369300
    Abstract: A method of mapping includes receiving inputs measured by a probe at respective locations inside a body cavity of a subject. At each of the respective locations, a respective contact quality between the probe and a tissue in the body cavity is measured. The inputs for which the respective contact quality is outside a defined range are rejected, and a map of the body cavity is created using the inputs that are not rejected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2022
    Assignee: Biosense Webster (Israel) Ltd.
    Inventors: Assaf Govari, Andres Claudio Altmann, Yaron Ephrath
  • Patent number: 11324548
    Abstract: A system, apparatus, and method of using the same are disclosed for carrying out a transvascular procedure such as a Transjugular Intrahepatic Portosystemic Shunt (TIPS) procedure using energy to create a tract between the hepatic vein and the portal vein. The present invention provides a flexible puncturing solution to effectively perform a transvascular procedure such as a TIPS procedure while minimizing damage to the liver and surrounding soft tissues or organs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2022
    Assignee: Baylis Medical Company Inc.
    Inventors: Yun Uhm, Gareth Davies, Jason Woo, Prateek Mathur
  • Patent number: 11317976
    Abstract: An articulable wrist for an end effector includes a first linkage rotatably coupled to a second linkage at a first articulation joint, a flexible member extending at least partially through a central channel cooperatively defined by the first and second linkages, and a first pair of roller supports arranged at the first articulation joint and laterally offset from each other, each roller support extending parallel to a first pivot axis extending through the first articulation joint. A drive cable extends through a first axially-extending conduit defined in the flexible member and through a gap defined between the first pair of roller supports. The drive cable is supported at the first articulation joint by the first pair of roller supports during articulation and the first pair of roller supports prevents a centerline of the drive cable from moving past the first pivot axis during actuation of the end effector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2022
    Assignee: Ethicon LLC
    Inventors: Eric N. Johnson, Mark Allen Davison, Tyler N. Brehm
  • Patent number: 11311338
    Abstract: An apparatus for fragmenting a stone includes an endoscope, a laser fiber, a sheath and a detection feedback system. The endoscope includes a working channel. The working channel is configured to have a retrieval basket inserted therethrough. The sheath may include a first lumen and a second lumen. A first one of the lumen is connected to the endoscope with a shaft of the endoscope extending through the first lumen. A second one of the lumen is spaced from the shaft of the endoscope providing a channel proximate an exterior side of the shaft. The second lumen has the laser fiber inserted therethrough. The detection feedback system is configured to deliver a low energy check pulse from the laser fiber and detect a response, and configured to at least partially control delivery of a high energy laser pulse from the laser fiber to cause the stone to fragment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2022
    Assignee: Gyrus Acmi, Inc.
    Inventors: Tailin Fan, Kurt G. Shelton
  • Patent number: 11278269
    Abstract: Described herein are systems, devices, and methods for closing a perforation in any hollow vessel associated with a mammalian surgical procedure, for example a device for sealing an aperture in a tissue, the device comprising an implant and a delivery shaft configured to engage the implant, the delivery shaft comprising (i) a retaining sleeve, (ii) a release sleeve, and (iii) a handle coupled to the delivery shaft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2022
    Assignee: Vivasure Medical Limited
    Inventors: Peter Grant, Bartosz Pawlikowski, Noelle Barrett, Mark McGoldrick, Gerard Brett
  • Patent number: 11266462
    Abstract: The disclosure relates to a medical instrument for minimally invasive tissue ablation by means of an HF electrode, with a hollow shaft, wherein the HF electrode is electrically insulated from the hollow shaft, is arranged at a distal end of the latter and, in order to ablate tissue, protrudes axially beyond the hollow shaft at least in part. The angle orientation of the HF electrode relative to the hollow shaft is adjustable in a controlled manner to a working position in which the HF electrode, protrudes radially beyond an outer circumference of the hollow shaft in order to ablate tissue. In the working position, by means of suitable adjustment of the shaft and of the HF electrode, a position can always be found in which the distal end of the HF electrode sufficiently reaches or touches tissue portions that are to be ablated in the region of the bladder neck.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2022
    Assignee: KARL STORZ SE & CO. KG
    Inventors: Oliver Löffler, Stefan Rehbein, Uwe Wittke, Frank Doll, Rainer Hermle, Udo Nagele
  • Patent number: 11241203
    Abstract: For position sensors, e.g., a fiber-based system, that build a shape of an elongated member, such as a catheter, using a sequence of small orientation measurements, a small error in orientation at the proximal end of the sensor will cause large error in position at distal points on the fiber. Exemplary methods and systems are disclosed, which may provide full or partial registration along the length of the sensor to reduce the influence of the measurement error. Additional examples are directed to applying selective filtering at a proximal end of the elongated member to provide a more stable base for distal measurements and thereby reducing the influence of measurement errors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 8, 2022
    Assignee: Auris Health, Inc.
    Inventors: Sean P. Walker, Serena H. Wong, June Park, Neal A. Tanner
  • Patent number: 11191593
    Abstract: A triggering device includes an optical fiber (126) configured for optical shape sensing. A supporting element (104) is configured to support a portion of the optical fiber. An interface element (106) is configured to interact with the optical fiber associated with the supporting element to cause a change in a property of the fiber. A sensing module (115) is configured to interpret an optical signal to determine changes in the property of the fiber and accordingly generate a corresponding trigger signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 7, 2021
    Assignee: KONINKLIJKE PHILIPS N.V.
    Inventors: Molly Lara Flexman, Aryeh Leib Reinstein, Xingchi He, Paul Thienphrapa, Dirk Dijkkamp, David Paul Noonan
  • Patent number: 11154400
    Abstract: Delivery systems, methods and associated devices to facilitate delivery and deployment of a heart implant. Such delivery systems and methods of delivery include use of a pair of magnetic catheters, including an anchor delivery catheter carrying an anchor, which can be stacked with or can be axially offset from the magnetic head. Such systems further include use of a puncturing guidewire advanceable through the magnetic head of the anchor delivery catheter to establish access to a chamber of a heart and which is attached to a bridging element such that continued advancement of the guidewire draws a bridging element attached to the first anchor across the chamber of the heart while the bridging element remains covered by the magnetically coupled catheters. Methods and devices herein also allow for cutting and removal of a bridge element of a deployed heart implant.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 26, 2021
    Assignee: MVRx, Inc.
    Inventors: Timothy R. Machold, David R. Tholfsen
  • Patent number: 11123185
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present disclosure provide a delivery apparatus for a prosthetic heart valve. Disclosed delivery apparatuses can include a housing, a steerable shaft, a slide nut, and a threaded shaft disposed over the slide nut. The slide nut can have an external threaded surface and an internal surface comprising a slot. The threaded shaft can have an internal threaded surface engaging the external threaded surface of the slide nut. The delivery apparatus can further include an elongated nut guide extending into the slot of the nut to restrain the slide nut against rotation relative to the housing, and a pull wire having a proximal end portion extending into the housing and coupled to the slide nut, and a distal end portion coupled to a distal end portion of the steerable shaft. The threaded shaft can be rotatable relative to the housing to produce axial movement of the slide nut within the threaded shaft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2020
    Date of Patent: September 21, 2021
    Assignee: Edwards Lifesciences Corporation
    Inventors: Philippe Marchand, David M. Taylor, Robert Milich, David J. Evans, Christopher Chia, Ronaldo C. Cayabyab, Robert Bowes
  • Patent number: 11116387
    Abstract: An insertion device includes an insertion portion in which a movable member is held in contact with an outer circumferential surface of a hollow cylindrical member. When drive power is transmitted from the hollow cylindrical member to the movable member as the hollow cylindrical member is rotated about a longitudinal axis of the insertion portion, the movable member is rotated around its own axis parallel to the longitudinal axis and moved around the longitudinal axis. The insertion portion includes a membrane covering the movable member from an outer circumferential side thereof. The membrane urges the movable member toward the longitudinal axis, thereby pressing the movable member against the outer circumferential surface of the hollow cylindrical member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 14, 2021
    Assignee: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Yutaka Masaki
  • Patent number: 11081234
    Abstract: Embodiments of clinical support systems and methods are disclosed. In one embodiment, methods for clinical performance measurement are disclosed comprising defining a range of acceptable treatment variable values for a treatment variable of a subject, performing a selected intervention, determining an affected treatment variable value and determining a selection performance measure by comparing the affected treatment variable value to the acceptable treatment variable values. In one embodiment, methods for clinical decision training are disclosed comprising defining a treatment variable of a simulated subject, selecting an intervention on the treatment variable, modeling the selected intervention and presenting a visual representation of the selected intervention.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 3, 2021
    Assignee: Analytic Diabetic Systems, Inc.
    Inventor: Scott Pappada
  • Patent number: 11058806
    Abstract: A body cavity drainage device includes a drainage tube with a distal end configured for insertion into the body cavity of a patient, a fluid outlet at a proximal end of the drainage tube; and an activation apparatus coupled to the drainage tube between the proximal end of the drainage tube and the distal end of the drainage tube. The activation apparatus may be configured to alter a position of the distal end of the drainage tube in response to an input at a control device of the activation apparatus, and a first portion of the drainage tube extending from the activation apparatus toward the distal end may be at least substantially coaxial with a second portion of the drainage tube extending from the activation apparatus toward the proximal end. Methods relate to forming a body cavity drainage devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 13, 2021
    Assignee: The Seaberg Company, Inc.
    Inventor: Harrison M. Lazarus
  • Patent number: 11052226
    Abstract: Steerable medical devices and methods of use. In some embodiments, the steerable medical devices can be steered bi-directionally. In some embodiments the steerable medical devices include a first flexible tubular member and a second flexible tubular member secured together at a location distal to a steerable portion of the steerable medical device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 6, 2021
    Assignee: Kalila Medical, Inc.
    Inventors: Amr Salahieh, Jonah Lepak, Emma Lepak, Tom Saul, Jean-Pierre Dueri, Joseph Creagan Trautman, Christopher T. Cheng, Richard Joseph Renati, Colin Mixter, Marc Bitoun
  • Patent number: 11013888
    Abstract: A device for introducing material into a body cavity is shown. The device includes a catheter with a distal tip. A first lumen extends through the catheter. The catheter is configured to faun a mist from liquid passed through the first lumen, for example including a misting nozzle in fluid communication with the first lumen and configured to provide a mist from a flow of liquid through the first lumen. An inflatable balloon may be included on the catheter to allow the user to isolate the portion of the body in which the material is introduced. Additional described features can provide for controlled deflection of a distal region of the catheter, guidewire or guide loop tool lumens, misting nozzles on the catheter, and delivery apparatuses including the catheter devices coupled to endoscopes such as bronchoscopes. Methods of use of the catheter devices and delivery apparatuses are also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 25, 2021
    Assignee: Cook Regentee LLC
    Inventors: Frank J. Fischer, Jr., Michael P. DeBruyne
  • Patent number: 11002346
    Abstract: A hand held, hand operated apparatus for rotating, or spinning, rotatably oscillating and/or inducing back and forth longitudinal movement in a device, such as an elongated medical device. A drive shaft of the hand held, hand operated rotational drive apparatus includes a ratcheting mechanism capable of enabling oscillating (repeated forward and reverse) rotation of a device that has been coupled thereto when there is little or no resistance on the rotated device, and of enabling an actuator to return to a position that will enable further forward, or driving, rotation of the drive shaft and the rotated device when resistance on the rotated device prevents the rotated device and the drive shaft from rotating in a reverse direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2021
    Assignee: Distal Access, LLC
    Inventor: Shawn P. Fojtik
  • Patent number: 10980977
    Abstract: A handle assembly is provided for use in navigating a deformable shaft within a body. The assembly includes a first guide member defining first and second linear channels and a second guide member configured for rotation relative to the first guide member. First and second connectors are disposed within, and movable within, the first and second linear channels along first and second parallel axes, respectively, and are configured for coupling to first and second steering wires, respectively. The assembly includes means, such as a flexible coupling connected to the second guide member and the connectors, for translating rotation of the second guide member into linear movement of the first connector in a first axial direction and linear movement of the second connector in a second axial direction, opposite the first axial direction such that the first and second steering wires move in opposite directions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 20, 2021
    Assignee: St. Jude Medical, Atrial Fibrillation Division, Inc.
    Inventor: Troy T. Tegg
  • Patent number: 10974027
    Abstract: A steerable catheter has a body with an outer surface and an inner surface defining a central lumen. The outer surface and inner surface define a wall of the body, which has a plurality of steering lumen and control lumen extending longitudinally therethrough. The body includes a body material. The steering lumen and control lumen have a control lumen lining and steering lumen lining, respectively, with a higher durometer than the body material. A steering wire is positioned within the steering lumen and a control wire is positioned within the control lumen.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2021
    Assignee: CEPHEA VALVE TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventors: Sean A. McNiven, Fransisco Valencia, Randolf von Oepen
  • Patent number: 10967151
    Abstract: A steerable catheter comprises a mobile tube and an intermediate tube, coaxial with each other, which extend from a proximal end to a distal end of the catheter and are telescopically mounted into each other with possibility of mutual rotation and axial translation. The mobile tube comprises a central lumen extending from the proximal end to the distal end. The intermediate tube comprises, along its whole length, a longitudinal notch radially offset in a direction of offset with respect to the axis of the steerable catheter and extending axially from the proximal end to the distal end. The longitudinal notch contains a cable adapted to undergo a traction exerted from the proximal end, the traction generating a bending of the steerable catheter directed towards the offset direction. The steerable catheter further comprises around the intermediate tube a sealed external sheath surrounding the intermediate tube over its periphery and covering the longitudinal notch over its length.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 1, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2021
    Assignee: CAIRDAC
    Inventors: Willy Regnier, Florian Leveque, Julien Dohin, Jean-Baptiste Pourchet, Perrine Chaffotte, An Nguyen-Dinh
  • Patent number: 10966783
    Abstract: An electrophysiology catheter has a distal electrode section having a generally-cylindrical, hollow housing body, a lumen and an opening in a sidewall. A flex circuit has a first portion supported on the outer surface the housing body, and a second portion that extends into the lumen via the opening for connection to cables and/or wires in the lumen. The flex circuit has a first and second magnetic field sensing coil traces generally perpendicular to each other and a magnetic field sensing coil wire generally perpendicular thereto is wound around the housing body to form an x/y/z position sensor. One or more ring electrodes are carried on the housing body, separated by ring spacers. A force sensor is mounted on a distal end of the housing body, with strain gauges electrically connected to the flex circuit. The housing is configured to provide a distal anchor for a puller tensile.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2021
    Assignee: BIOSENSE WEBSTER (ISRAEL) LTD.
    Inventor: Jeffrey William Schultz
  • Patent number: 10959790
    Abstract: The various embodiments disclosed herein relate to modular medical devices, including various devices with detachable modular components and various devices with pivotally attached modular components. Additional embodiments relate to procedures in which various of the devices are used cooperatively. Certain embodiments of the medical devices are robotic in vivo devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2021
    Assignee: Board of Regents of the University of Nebraska
    Inventors: Shane Farritor, Amy Lehman, Mark Rentschler, Nathan Wood, Jason Dumpert, Dmitry Oleynikov
  • Patent number: 10945757
    Abstract: A method of two-phase atherectomy for removal of plaque within an artery forming a stenosis including a first phase of rotational drilling by exerting a rotational force on a cutter to form a channel within the plaque having a diameter substantially equal to a diameter of the cutter—the cutter being rotated at a first rotational speed sufficient to maintain rotation of the cutter about a stationary rotational axis—and a second phase of orbital impact by exerting a rotational force on the cutter to result in radial orbital motion of the cutter within the channel resulting in periodic impact of the cutter upon the plaque to form micro-fractures within the plaque and enlarge the diameter of the channel to a diameter substantially greater than the diameter of the cutter—the cutter being rotated at a second rotational speed to result in the radial orbital motion of the cutter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2021
    Assignee: THE REGENTS OF THE UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN
    Inventors: Hitinder S. Gurm, Yao Liu, Yang Liu, Yihao Zheng, Albert Shih
  • Patent number: 10939889
    Abstract: A fluoroscopic surgical system employing a FORS sensor (40), a navigation controller (70), a fluoroscopic imager (30) and a mechanical connector (50) adjoined to the fluoroscopic imager (30). In operation, mechanical connector (50) is utilized to detachably attach FORS senor to fluoroscopic imager (30), whereby navigation controller (70) processes a shape reconstruction of FORS sensor (40) relative to a reference point fixed or movable within an operating space (20) for controlling a tracking of fluoroscopic imager (30) within the operating space (20). The system may further employ a surgical instrument (60) whereby, concurrently or subsequently to a fluoroscopic imaging of a patient anatomy, FORS sensor (40) is thereafter detached from fluoroscopic imager (30) and detachably attached to surgical instrument (60), or FORS sensor (40) is concurrently detachably attached to fluoroscopic imager (30) and surgical instrument (60).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 9, 2021
    Assignee: KONINKLIJKE PHILIPS N.V.
    Inventors: Molly Lara Flexman, David Paul Noonan
  • Patent number: 10933221
    Abstract: A steering assembly including a handle portion, the handle portion having a first screw with a first helical thread and a second screw with a second helical thread, the first and second threads being in opposite directions, and an actuator with an outer surface adapted to be actuated by a user, the actuator in operable communication with the first and second screws, wherein actuation of the actuator cause axial movement of the first screw in a first direction, and causes axial movement of the second screw in a second direction opposite the first direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2021
    Assignee: Kalila Medical, Inc.
    Inventors: Jonah Lepak, Tom Saul, Michael Conroy
  • Patent number: 10932806
    Abstract: A modular surgical instrument is disclosed. The modular surgical instrument comprises a control interface, a shaft extending from the control interface, an end effector extending from said shaft, and a control circuit. The control circuit is configured to sense the electrical potential applied to the modular surgical instrument, determine if the sensed electrical potential is above a predetermined threshold, and adjust the operation of the modular surgical instrument when the sensed electrical potential exceeds the predetermined threshold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2021
    Assignee: Ethicon LLC
    Inventors: Frederick E. Shelton, IV, Jerome R. Morgan, Chester O. Baxter, III, Gregory J. Bakos, Jason L. Harris, Christopher J. Hess, David C. Yates
  • Patent number: 10898067
    Abstract: An endoscope apparatus includes alight source, a bendable insertion section to be inserted into an observation target, a light guide path which is provided in the insertion section and which guides light emitted from the light source, an illumination light emitter which is provided at the distal end of the insertion section and which emits at least some of the light guided by the light guide path to the observation target as illumination light, a curvature sensor which detects a bending shape of at least part of the insertion section, and an illumination light controller which controls an optical characteristic of the illumination light on the basis of the bending shape of the insertion section detected by the curvature sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2021
    Assignee: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Iwao Komazaki, Takeshi Ito
  • Patent number: 10881352
    Abstract: Provided is a multiple-electrode monorail guide catheter for use in vascular insertion, including: an elongated catheter main body having a proximal end and a distal end; a guidewire inlet opening on the distal end; a guidewire outlet opening; an operation tube; a terminal unit on the proximal end; an electrode assembly having a double-lumen structure composed of an outer tube having electrodes on an outer surface of the outer tube and an inner tube independently provided from the outer tube, allowing insertion of a guidewire, having an outer diameter smaller than an inner diameter of the outer tube, and being accommodated within an outer tube lumen; a clearance defined by the outer tube luminal surface and an inner tube outer circumferential surface; and lead wires extending from the electrodes to the terminal unit on the proximal end and being inserted into the lumen of the outer tube.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2021
    Assignee: INTER NOVA INC
    Inventor: Hiroshi Hara
  • Patent number: 10814109
    Abstract: A method may include accessing an artery in communication with an ophthalmic artery of a subject, and advancing a microcatheter along the accessed artery so as to align a distal end of the microcatheter with an ostium of the ophthalmic artery, wherein the microcatheter includes a lumen having a guidewire positioned therein. In addition, the method includes proximally withdrawing the guidewire relative to the microcatheter so as to enable a distal portion of the microcatheter to assume a curved relaxed configuration, and cannulating the ostium with the distal portion of the microcatheter when the distal portion is in the curved relaxed configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2020
    Assignee: J.D. Franco & Co., LLC
    Inventors: Michael Calhoun, Stephen Michael, Zachary Tegels
  • Patent number: 10773383
    Abstract: A method and a system stream robot tool center point position to external processors at high frequency. The method includes the steps of: reading robot joint encoder data using an Interrupt Service Routine in the robot controller; calculating tool center point position based on the encoder data; and sending the calculated position data to a network socket in a high priority task. The method achieves tool center point and/or joint position communication at fast and consistent time intervals, as compared to much longer times for prior art methods. A downstream device, such as a processor or controller for another machine, reads the communicated tool center point and/or joint position data and uses it to control the operations of its own device. High speed motion command streaming from outside processors can be used in a similar way to control the robot.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2020
    Assignee: FANUC AMERICA CORPORATION
    Inventors: Yi Sun, Jason Tsai, Sai-Kai Cheng, James F. Huber
  • Patent number: 10667752
    Abstract: A hand-held catheter force control device includes an elongate base sized to be hand-held. The base defines a longitudinal axis between first and second opposing longitudinal ends. A linear actuator is mounted to the base to provide linear motion substantially parallel to the longitudinal axis of the base. A sheath clamp is coupled to the base. The sheath clamp is sized to fixedly capture a sheath handle. A catheter clamp is coupled to the linear actuator. The catheter clamp is sized to fixedly capture a catheter, and is aligned to be substantially co-axial with the sheath clamp. Systems and methods can incorporate the catheter force control device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Assignee: THE UNIVERSITY OF WESTERN ONTARIO
    Inventors: Daniel Gelman, Allan Skanes, Maria Drangova
  • Patent number: 10653479
    Abstract: A catheter for ablating tissue is provided. The catheter comprises an elongated generally-tubular catheter body having proximal and distal ends. An electrode assembly is provided at the distal end of the catheter body. The electrode assembly including a porous electrode arrangement that is generally transverse to the catheter body. The porous electrode arrangement comprises one or more electrodes electrically connected to a suitable energy source and a porous sleeve mounted in surrounding relation to the one or more electrodes and defining an open space between the porous sleeve and the one more electrodes. One or more irrigation openings fluidly connect the open space to a lumen extending through the catheter through which fluid can pass. In use, fluid passes through the lumen in the catheter, through the one or more irrigation openings, into the open space and through the porous sleeve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Assignee: BIOSENSE WEBSTER, INC.
    Inventors: Martin O'Sullivan, James K. Lee, Irma Hill
  • Patent number: 10617398
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are an adjustable-bending stiffness steerable needle, a buckling-preventing steerable needle, and a steerable needle system including the same. The adjustable-bending stiffness steerable needle includes a cylindrical core wire, a tip portion, a needle shaft, a compression spring, and a rigid shaft. The tip portion has a bevel shape, and is connected to the front end of the core wire. The needle shaft is disposed such that one end thereof is separable from the tip portion and the needle shaft surrounds the core wire. The compression spring is fastened to the other end of the needle shaft, and is configured such that the core wire passes therethrough. The rigid shaft is connected to the core wire having passed through the compression spring, and is also connected to the compression spring. The needle shaft includes a plurality of hollow tube elements that is separable from each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2020
    Assignee: Industry Foundation of Chonnam National University
    Inventors: Sukho Park, Jongoh Park, Byungjeon Kang
  • Patent number: 10583276
    Abstract: A robotic catheter system includes a drive mechanism comprising a drive which interacts with a catheter device to cause the catheter device to move along its axis. An encoder assembly detects the motion of the catheter device by a magnetic interaction with the catheter device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2020
    Assignee: CORINDUS, INC.
    Inventor: Christopher Zirps
  • Patent number: 10531828
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to a method and system for photoacoustic imaging for guiding medical procedures. A transducer is placed near the site of the procedure. The optical fiber, coupled to an electromagnetic source, such as a laser, is attached to a medical device. During the procedure, the device and optical fiber are inserted into the procedure site where the optical fiber illuminates the procedure site, which has a thickness of approximately 2 mm. Photoacoustic images are acquired to visualize the procedure site as the procedure is proceeding in order to provide real-time guidance. This system is applicable to multiple surgical and interventional procedures, such as transsphenoidal surgery.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2020
    Assignee: The Johns Hopkins University
    Inventors: Muyinatu Bell, Emad Boctor, Peter Kazanzides
  • Patent number: 10441373
    Abstract: A master-slave same structure teleoperation fracture reduction mechanism includes a frame assembly, two parallel platform assemblies, a top platform connecting plate (9), an operating handle assembly, two fixing assemblies, a controller (15), six movement assemblies and 24 hydraulic pipes (26). The operating handle assembly is located in the middle of the upper platform (5), and the two fixing assemblies are located on the top of the parallel platform assembly. The two parallel platform assemblies are disposed on the frame assembly; the controller (15) and the six movement assemblies are disposed on the frame assembly; A top platform connecting plate (9) is connected to the fixing assembly parallel platform assembly. The hydraulic pipes (26) is in communication with motion hydraulic cylinders (7a) and the other end of the hydraulic pipes is in communication with one of platform hydraulic cylinders (7b). The invention assists a doctor to achieve fracture reduction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2019
    Assignees: BEIHANG UNIVERSITY, THE GENERAL HOSPITAL OF THE PEOPLE'S LIBERATION ARMY
    Inventors: Lei Hu, Peifu Tang, Tianmiao Wang, Lihai Zhang, Changsheng Li, Hailong Du, Lifeng Wang, Yiming Tan, Lu Zhao
  • Patent number: 10376323
    Abstract: The various embodiments disclosed herein relate to modular medical devices, including various devices with detachable modular components and various devices with pivotally attached modular components. Additional embodiments relate to procedures in which various of the devices are used cooperatively. Certain embodiments of the medical devices are robotic in vivo devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignee: Board of Regents of the University of Nebraska
    Inventors: Shane Farritor, Amy Lehman, Mark Rentschler, Nathan Wood, Jason Dumpert, Dmitry Oleynikov
  • Patent number: 10285765
    Abstract: A system for use in surgery includes a central body, a visualization system operably connected to the central body, a video rendering system, a head-mounted display for displaying images from the video rendering system, a sensor system, and a robotic device operably connected to the central body. The visualization system includes at least one camera and a pan system and/or a tilt system. The sensor system tracks the position and/or orientation in space of the head-mounted display relative to a reference point. The pan system and/or the tilt system are configured to adjust the field of view of the camera in response to information from the sensor system about changes in at least one of position and orientation in space of the head-mounted display relative to the reference point.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: VICARIOUS SURGICAL INC.
    Inventors: Adam Sachs, Sammy Khalifa, Barry Stuart Greene
  • Patent number: 10285674
    Abstract: An instrument for a manipulator arm of an endoscopic robot is provided. The instrument has a treatment head for carrying out a medical measure in a patient, an instrument base carrying the treatment head, a coupling element that can be fastened to the manipulator arm, and a sterilizable sleeve enclosing the instrument and having at least one opening which can be sealingly placed on the instrument base. The coupling element protrudes from the opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: Siemens Healthcare GmbH
    Inventors: Ronny Bärwinkel, Oliver Hornung, Karl-Heinz Maier
  • Patent number: 10213301
    Abstract: Prosthetic heart valves described herein can be deployed using a transcatheter delivery system and technique to interface and anchor in cooperation with the anatomical structures of a native heart valve. Deployment systems and methods for using the deployment systems described herein facilitate accurately and conveniently controllable percutaneous, transcatheter techniques by which the prosthetic heart valves can be delivered and deployed within a patient.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Assignee: Caisson Interventional, LLC
    Inventors: Kavitha Ganesan, Andrew T. Forsberg, Cyril J. Schweich, Jr., Todd J. Mortier
  • Patent number: 10173034
    Abstract: A catheterization device including a catheter, which has a deflectable steering end, and a control device for controlling the steering end. In order to limit operating forces of the catheterization device, the control device has an energy store, which is coupled in a force-transmitting manner to a force transmission element of the control device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: VascoMed GmbH
    Inventor: Ingmar Maurice
  • Patent number: 10085713
    Abstract: A catheter assembly includes an elongated member having an ultrasonic beacon disposed adjacent to a distal end portion of the elongated member, a power supply releasably attachable adjacent to the proximal end of the elongated member, and a catheter. The distal end portion of the elongated member with the ultrasonic transmitter is inserted into an anatomical structure of the human body, and the ultrasonic transmitter is powered by the power supply. Using conventional medical ultrasonography equipment, a technician is able to observe and/or track on a display an image of the internal structure of the human body and an image such as an illuminated bright spot representing the energized ultrasonic beacon. After locating the elongated member, the power supply is removed, and the catheter is slid onto the elongated member to locate the catheter tip. Thereafter, the elongated member is removed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Assignee: AngioDynamics, Inc.
    Inventor: William C. Hamilton, Jr.
  • Patent number: 10028796
    Abstract: An operational feeling reproduction device includes an operation component, an actuator, and a drive shaft. The actuator generates a haptic drive force in response to operation of the operation component. The drive shaft couples the operation component and the actuator. The haptic drive force is transmitted to the operation component through the drive shaft in response to the operation of the operation component such that an actual operational feeling is experienced. The actuator has a stationary element and a movable element. The actuator generates the haptic drive force by a relative displacement while one of the stationary element and the movable element is inserted into the other one of the stationary element and the movable element. The movable element and the operation component are coupled by the drive shaft. Center axes of the stationary element, the movable element, and the drive shaft are provided on the same axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2018
    Assignee: TORAY ENGINEERING CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Tetsuya Abe, Chisa Inaka
  • Patent number: 9943958
    Abstract: A system for controlling the position of an articulated robotic arm in a robotic catheter procedure system, includes an articulated robotic arm, a first controller coupled to the articulated robotic arm and a patient table. The patient table includes a user interface and a second controller coupled to the user interface and the first controller. The second controller is programmed to generate a control signal in response to a user input received using the patient table user interface, the user input indicating a change in position of the patient table. The second controller is also programmed to transmit the control signal to the patient table and to transmit the control signal to the first controller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2018
    Assignee: CORINDUS, INC.
    Inventors: Steven J. Blacker, Stephen Guerrera, Robert Elden
  • Patent number: 9901712
    Abstract: A catheter is provided, which includes a tube including a first portion, a second portion connected to the first portion and having a less rigidity than the first portion, and a plurality of holes longitudinally penetrating the first portion and the second portion and being isolated from one another, a wire passing through two of the plurality of holes of the tube, and a cap being engaged with an extrusion portion of the wire extruded from the two holes of the tube in a manner of enclosing the extrusion of the wire, being connected to one end of the tube, and having a greater rigidity than the first portion and the second portion of the tube.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2018
    Assignee: IMEDICOM
    Inventor: Don-Soo Joo
  • Patent number: 9883911
    Abstract: The various embodiments disclosed herein relate to modular medical devices, including various devices with detachable modular components and various devices with pivotally attached modular components. Additional embodiments relate to procedures in which various of the devices are used cooperatively. Certain embodiments of the medical devices are robotic in vivo devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2018
    Assignee: Board of Regents of the University of Nebraska
    Inventors: Shane M Farritor, Amy Lehman, Mark Rentschler