Mirror Patents (Class 606/18)
  • Patent number: 10456034
    Abstract: According to one embodiment, an ophthalmic microscope system includes an illumination system, a pair of light-receiving systems, and an irradiation system. The illumination system is configured to irradiate a subject's eye with illumination light. Each of the light-receiving systems includes a first objective lens and a first imaging device, and is configured to guide the illumination light returning from the subject's eye to the first imaging device through the first objective lens. The objective optical axes of the light-receiving systems are not parallel to each other. The irradiation system is configured to irradiate the subject's eye with light different from the illumination light from a direction different from the objective optical axes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2019
    Assignee: KABUSHIKI KAISHA TOPCON
    Inventors: Yasufumi Fukuma, Kazuhiro Oomori, Satoshi Yamamoto
  • Patent number: 9849034
    Abstract: Various systems, processes, and computer program products may be used to perform retinal laser surgery. In particular implementations, systems, processes, and computer program products may include the ability to identify retina blood vessels from a retina image and determine a retina location needing therapy and not substantially intersecting a retina blood vessel. The systems, processes, and computer program products may also include the ability to generate a command to activate a retinal laser when a beam from the retinal laser will be aligned with the therapeutic location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2017
    Assignee: Alcon Research, Ltd.
    Inventors: Alexander Artsyukhovich, Mikhail Boukhny, Bruno Dacquay, Michael J. Yadlowsky
  • Patent number: 9023017
    Abstract: An ophthalmic laser treatment apparatus comprises: a laser source that emits a laser beam for treatment of an affected part of a patient's eye; an optical fiber that transmits the laser beam emitted from the laser source; and a delivery optical system that irradiates the laser beam emitted from the optical fiber to the affected part of the patient's eye, the delivery optical system including: a plurality of diffraction optical elements each being configured to shape a beam profile of the laser beam at an emission end face of the optical fiber into a beam profile having one of a uniform intensity and a lower intensity in the center than on the periphery on the affected part and also to shape the laser beam to have a different spot size on the affected part of the patient's eye; and a changing unit which selectively disposing one of the diffraction optical elements on an optical path.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2015
    Assignee: Nidek Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Naho Murakami, Koichi Ito
  • Publication number: 20150057649
    Abstract: Disclosed are apparatus, method, devices and instruments, including an apparatus that includes a flexible waveguide coupled to a supporting structure, and further coupled to a treatment tip. The apparatus also includes a beam controller to control application of a radiation beam emitted from the flexible waveguide to distribute the beam over an area different than an area covered by direct application of the beam to a single location on a target tissue. Further disclosed is an apparatus that includes a waveguide, coupleable to a laser source, and a thermal protection instrument. The thermal protection instrument includes a tissue contacting member to contact a part of an area of a tissue irradiated by laser radiation, and a beam blocking element to absorb at least some of radiation not absorbed by the area of the tissue, the beam blocking element being thermally isolated from the area of the tissue.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 1, 2014
    Publication date: February 26, 2015
    Inventors: Reuven M. Lewinsky, Roee Khen
  • Patent number: 8939964
    Abstract: In certain embodiments, a system may include a housing, one or more lenses, and a scanning system. The housing has an interior region. A lens is disposed within the interior region and transmits a light beam. The scanning system is disposed within the interior region and comprises a number of scanning cells, where each scanning cell comprises an electro-optical (EO) material. The scanning system performs the following for a number of iterations to yield a spot pattern: receive one or more voltages and electrically steer the light beam with the EO material from a current direction to a next direction in response to the voltages.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 27, 2015
    Assignee: Alcon Research, Ltd.
    Inventor: Ronald T. Smith
  • Publication number: 20140188097
    Abstract: A cold plasma device having a broad surface of plasma generation allowing for the efficient treatment of larger areas with the benefit of being durable, portable and able to treat almost any anatomical structure. The cold plasma device has a constant radius surface, which creates a tangential surface with an infinite number of distances between the surface edge of the substrate under treatment and the device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 31, 2013
    Publication date: July 3, 2014
    Applicant: Cold Plasma Medical Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Gregory A. WATSON, Marc C. JACOFSKY, Steven A. MYERS
  • Patent number: 8702769
    Abstract: A technique for detecting and providing alerts or indications that can be used for controlling or altering the displacement speed of an applicator coupling skin heating energy across a treated skin. A temperature sensor monitors the rate of skin temperature change and provides feedback related to altering the applicator displacement speed according to the rate of skin temperature change. Disclosed is also an applicator for implementing this method.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 3, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 22, 2014
    Assignee: Syneron Medical Ltd
    Inventors: Shimon Eckhouse, Lion Flyash, Boris Vaynberg
  • Patent number: 8706200
    Abstract: The present invention is a Miniature Vein Enhancer that includes a Miniature Projection Head. The Miniature Projection Head may be operated in one of three modes, AFM, DBM, and RTM. The Miniature Projection Head of the present invention projects an image of the veins of a patient, which aids the practitioner in pinpointing a vein for an intravenous drip, blood test, and the like. The Miniature projection head may have a cavity for a power source or it may have a power source located in a body portion of the Miniature Vein Enhancer. The Miniature Vein Enhancer may be attached to one of several improved needle protectors, or the Miniature Vein Enhancer may be attached to a body similar to a flashlight for hand held use. The Miniature Vein Enhancer of the present invention may also be attached to a magnifying glass, a flat panel display, and the like.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 22, 2014
    Inventors: Ron Goldman, Stephen P. Conlon, Vincent Luciano, Fred Wood
  • Patent number: 8685010
    Abstract: An apparatus and a method are provided for the treatment of soft tissue. The apparatus includes a light source and at least two optical assemblies. Each of the optical assemblies includes at least one optical element and a light-transmitting contact surface configured to transmit a substantially uniform distribution of light therethrough. The apparatus further includes at least two optical transmission devices each disposed between the light source and a corresponding one of the at least two optical assemblies. The apparatus also includes a handpiece to which the at least two optical assemblies are attached, and which is adapted to bring the light-transmitting contact surfaces of the at least two optical assemblies in contact with soft tissue disposed therebetween.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 24, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 1, 2014
    Assignee: Gradiant Research, LLC
    Inventors: Kathleen McMillan, Anurag Gupta, James Patrick McGuire, Jr.
  • Publication number: 20140046311
    Abstract: A system for direct imaging and diagnosing of abnormal cells in a target tissue includes a disposable optical speculum and an image acquisition system having the speculum assembled on and mechanically secured thereto. The image acquisition system is arranged to capture at least one of a single image or multiple images or video of cells within the target tissue using at least one of bright field or dark field ring illumination divided into independently operated segments to obtain a plurality of data sets. An image analysis and control unit in communication with the image acquisition system analyzes the data sets and applies algorithms to the data sets for diagnosing abnormal cells.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 18, 2013
    Publication date: February 13, 2014
    Applicant: Illumigyn Ltd.
    Inventors: Lior Greenstein, Gilad A. Davara, Gad Ganon, David Aviv
  • Publication number: 20130345687
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are optical assemblies having thin, low profile shapes. These optical assemblies may be used with fiber coupled lasers and other light sources, including high power sources, to irradiate tissue at a wavelength suitable for inducing ablation or coagulation to a target depth, denaturation, thermal modification of a tissue, and/or preferential injury to a target tissue structure. Example optical assemblies can produce substantially uniform illumination patterns that are useful for treating superficial tissue, including the internal or luminal (e.g., esophageal) tissue. Some examples may have capability for cooling superficial tissue or skin, such as a detachable, reusable heat sink for active cooling without consumables, fluid pumps, or other cooling equipment.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 13, 2013
    Publication date: December 26, 2013
    Applicant: Gradiant Research, LLC
    Inventors: Kathleen McMillan, Anurag Gupta, James Patrick McGuire, JR.
  • Patent number: 8439904
    Abstract: A radiation emitting apparatus is disclosed that emits a substantially homogenous beam of radiation from an irregularly shaped output end. As described herein, a radiation emitting apparatus includes a bundled fiber guide coupled to an energy distribution tuner. The bundled fiber guide is coupled to the energy distribution tuner to receive a substantially uniform distribution of high power energy. The bundled fiber guide is configured to distribute the energy to emit a substantially uniform distribution of lower power energy toward a target surface, such as a body surface. The bundled fiber guide may include a plurality of fused optic fibers, a plurality of beam splitting mirror elements, or tapered waveguides.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2013
    Assignee: Biolase, Inc.
    Inventors: Jeffrey W. Jones, Dmitri Boutsoussov
  • Patent number: 8414564
    Abstract: Optical imaging techniques and systems provide high-fidelity optical imaging based on optical coherence tomographic imaging and can be used for optical imaging in ophthalmic surgery and imaging-guided surgery. One method for imaging an eye includes positioning the eye relative to a Spectral Domain Optical Coherence Tomographic (SD-OCT) imaging system, the eye having a first and a second structure, and imaging the eye with the SD-OCT imaging system by selecting one of a direct image and a mirror image of the first eye-structure and generating a first image-portion corresponding to the selected image of the first eye-structure, selecting one of a direct image and a mirror image of the second eye-structure and generating a first image-portion corresponding to the selected image of the second eye-structure, and suppressing the non-selected images of the first and second structures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2013
    Assignee: Alcon LenSx, Inc.
    Inventors: Ilya Goldshleger, Guy Holland, Ferenc Raksi
  • Patent number: 8403922
    Abstract: A non-contact laser handpiece contains optical components modified to provide a high-density uniform laser beam at a distance from the handpiece that minimizes effects of back reflection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2013
    Assignee: Biolase, Inc.
    Inventors: Dmitri Boutoussov, Manvel Andriasyan
  • Patent number: 8391960
    Abstract: The present invention is a Miniature Vein Enhancer that includes a Miniature Projection Head. The Miniature Projection Head may be operated in one of three modes, AFM, DBM, and RTM. The Miniature Projection Head of the present invention projects an image of the veins of a patient, which aids the practitioner in pinpointing a vein for an intravenous drip, blood test, and the like. The Miniature projection head may have a cavity for a power source or it may have a power source located in a body portion of the Miniature Vein Enhancer. The Miniature Vein Enhancer may be attached to one of several improved needle protectors, or the Miniature Vein Enhancer may be attached to a body similar to a flashlight for hand held use. The Miniature Vein Enhancer of the present invention may also be attached to a magnifying glass, a flat panel display, and the like.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2013
    Inventors: Fred Wood, Ron Goldman, Stephen Conlon, Vincent Luciano
  • Patent number: 8380291
    Abstract: The present invention is a Miniature Vein Enhancer that includes a Miniature Projection Head. The Miniature Projection Head may be operated in one of three modes, AFM, DBM, and RTM. The Miniature Projection Head of the present invention projects an image of the veins of a patient, which aids the practitioner in pinpointing a vein for an intravenous drip, blood test, and the like. The Miniature projection head may have a cavity for a power source or it may have a power source located in a body portion of the Miniature Vein Enhancer. The Miniature Vein Enhancer may be attached to one of several improved needle protectors, or the Miniature Vein Enhancer may be attached to a body similar to a flashlight for hand held use. The Miniature Vein Enhancer of the present invention may also be attached to a magnifying glass, a flat panel display, and the like.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2007
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2013
    Inventors: Fred Wood, Ron Goldman, Stephen Conlon, Vincent Luciano
  • Patent number: 8366705
    Abstract: A cardiac ablation instrument capable of removing blood from a treatment area is provided. The instrument includes a catheter configured to deliver a distal end thereof to a patient's heart. The instrument can also include an expandable element coupled to the distal end of the catheter wherein the expandable member is configured to be positioned adjacent a target area thereby defining a treatment area between the expandable member and the target area. Further, the instrument can include an irrigation mechanism configured to dispense an irrigation fluid from the catheter thereby displacing blood from the treatment area. Additionally, the instrument includes an energy emitter configured to deliver energy to tissue within the treatment area. The instrument can also include a contact sensor configured to determine the presence of such blood within the treatment area. Methods for ablating tissue are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2013
    Assignee: Cardiofocus, Inc.
    Inventors: Jeffrey M. Arnold, Edward L. Sinofsky, Lincoln S. Baxter, Norman E. Farr
  • Patent number: 8358890
    Abstract: In one embodiment, an apparatus may include an optical fiber that may have a surface non-normal to a longitudinal axis of a distal end portion of the optical fiber. The surface may define a portion of an interface configured to redirect electromagnetic radiation propagated from within the optical fiber and incident on the interface to a direction offset from the longitudinal axis. The apparatus may also include a doped silica cap that may be fused to the optical fiber such that the surface of the optical fiber may be disposed within a cavity defined by the doped silica cap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2013
    Assignees: Boston Scientific Scimed, Inc., Coherent, Inc.
    Inventors: Jeffrey W. Zerfas, Richard P. Tumminelli
  • Publication number: 20120323230
    Abstract: A laser tissue fusion device is optimized for particular surgical applications to join tissue layers. The device has two opposed arms that engage and disengage to clamp and release layers of tissue therebetween. The distal end of the first arm is disposed opposite the distal end of the second arm. A laser energy source generates therapeutic laser energy is either integrated within the device is a separate unit. An energy pathway transmits the laser energy to the distal end of the first arm to deliver the laser energy to tissue layers clamped between the distal ends of the arms. An actuator decreases the separation distance between the distal ends of the arms to clamp the tissue layers. A switch activates the laser energy source upon engagement. The laser energy source delivers a burst of energy at a predetermined wavelength for a predetermined period of time sufficient to spot-weld the tissue.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 27, 2012
    Publication date: December 20, 2012
    Applicant: THE REGENTS OF THE UNIVERSITY OF COLORADO, A BODY CORPORATE
    Inventors: Michael Larson, Jesse McClure, Luke Hooper
  • Publication number: 20120232542
    Abstract: The disclosure relates to a laser beam aligning unit comprising an outer sleeve and an inner sleeve arranged inside the outer sleeve such that a laser beam may be guided through an inner chamber thereof in a direction of an area of material to be treated. A laser treatment device may comprise the laser beam aligning unit and/or a distribution device for distributing an ectoine solution.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 9, 2012
    Publication date: September 13, 2012
    Applicant: Lumera Laser GmbH
    Inventor: Anton Kasenbacher
  • Patent number: 8244333
    Abstract: The present invention is a Miniature Vein Enhancer that includes a Miniature Projection Head. The Miniature Projection Head may be operated in one of three modes, AFM, DBM, and RTM. The Miniature Projection Head of the present invention projects an image of the veins of a patient, which aids the practitioner in pinpointing a vein for an intravenous drip, blood test, and the like. The Miniature projection head may have a cavity for a power source or it may have a power source located in a body portion of the Miniature Vein Enhancer. The Miniature Vein Enhancer may be attached to one of several improved needle protectors, or the Miniature Vein Enhancer may be attached to a body similar to a flashlight for hand held use. The Miniature Vein Enhancer of the present invention may also be attached to a magnifying glass, a flat panel display, and the like.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2012
    Inventors: Fred Wood, Ron Goldman, Stephen Conlon, Vincent Luciano
  • Publication number: 20120165801
    Abstract: A monolithic, side pumped solid-state laser (1) comprising a laser resonator structure (3) comprised of a laser gain medium (2) having a longitudinal axis (L), wherein the laser resonator structure (3) comprises end faces (4) forming a linear optical path resonant cavity there between, at least one of the end faces (4) comprising at least partially reflecting laser mirrors (4a, 4b) in particular deposited thereon, the laser gain medium (2) comprising a side face (2a) for receiving pump light (5a) of a pump source (5), wherein the pump light (5a) is generated by a diode laser (5), and comprising a conductive cooler (6) comprising contact faces (6c) contacting the laser gain medium (2), and comprising a reflector (7) arranged opposite to the side face (2a) with respect to the longitudinal axis (L), wherein the laser gain medium (2) is a low gain material.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 15, 2010
    Publication date: June 28, 2012
    Applicant: PANTEC BIOSOLUTIONS AG
    Inventors: Thomas Bragagna, Arne Heinrich
  • Publication number: 20120150164
    Abstract: The invention provides systems and method for the removal of diseased cells during surgery.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 8, 2011
    Publication date: June 14, 2012
    Applicant: Lumicell Diagnostics, Inc.
    Inventors: W. D. Lee, Jorge M. Ferrer, Andrea Stamp
  • Patent number: 8162928
    Abstract: An eye surgical instrument, comprising at least one optical fiber for lighting of the interior of the eye, which at least one optical fiber, at a free end thereof, is provided with a light exit and with a stop situated at a distance from the free end, which stop defines an insertion part situated between the end and the stop, and at an other end is connectable to a light source, while the stop forms a separate element which is arranged so as to be slidable along the at least one fiber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2007
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2012
    Assignee: D.O.R.C. Dutch Ophthalmic Research Center (International) B.V.
    Inventors: Gerrit Jan Vijfvinkel, Claus Ferdinand Eckardt
  • Patent number: 8073297
    Abstract: A side fire optical device comprises a cap member, a sleeve and a fiber optic segment. The cap member comprises a closed end section, a tube section having a bore, and a transmitting surface. The sleeve is received within the bore of the tube section. The sleeve includes a bore and an exterior surface that is fused to a surface of the bore of the cap member. The fiber optic segment comprises an exterior surface that is fused to a surface of the bore of the sleeve, and a beveled end surface that is positioned adjacent the transmitting surface of the cap member. The beveled end surface is angled relative to a longitudinal axis of the fiber optic segment such that electromagnetic radiation propagating along the longitudinal axis of the fiber optic segment is reflected by the beveled end surface at an angle that is transverse to the longitudinal axis and through the transmitting surface of the cap member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2011
    Assignee: AMS Research Corporation
    Inventor: Stephen E. Griffin
  • Patent number: 7998136
    Abstract: A radiation emitting apparatus is disclosed that emits a substantially homogenous beam of radiation from an irregularly shaped output end. As described herein, a radiation emitting apparatus includes a bundled fiber guide coupled to an energy distribution tuner. The bundled fiber guide is coupled to the energy distribution tuner to receive a substantially uniform distribution of high power energy. The bundled fiber guide is configured to distribute the energy to emit a substantially uniform distribution of lower power energy toward a target surface, such as a body surface. The bundled fiber guide may include a plurality of fused optic fibers, a plurality of beam splitting mirror elements, or tapered waveguides.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2011
    Assignee: Biolase Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Jeffrey W. Jones, Dmitri Boutsoussov
  • Publication number: 20110112408
    Abstract: A system for direct imaging and diagnosing of abnormal cells in a target tissue includes a disposable optical speculum and an image acquisition system having the speculum assembled on and mechanically secured thereto. The image acquisition system is arranged to capture at least one of a single image or multiple images or video of cells within the target tissue using at least one of bright field or dark field ring illumination divided into independently operated segments to obtain a plurality of data sets. An image analysis and control unit in communication with the image acquisition system analyzes the data sets and applies algorithms to the data sets for diagnosing abnormal cells.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 10, 2010
    Publication date: May 12, 2011
    Inventors: Lior Greenstein, Gilad A. Davara, Gad Ganon, David Aviv
  • Patent number: 7909818
    Abstract: A jointed mirror arm includes at least two tubular pieces, connected to each other by a joint with a reflecting mirror, which, as a result of the joint, may be arranged in varying configurations and which form a beam path for the radiation, with a fixed inlet on a first tube piece for the introduction of radiation from a stationary optical source and a position different from the position of the inlet for the outlet from the intermediate joint arm on a final tube piece for emitting said radiation. The jointed mirror arm is characterized in that a scanner for the radiation is arranged before the inlet into the intermediate jointed arm and an optical imaging system is provided in the at least two tube pieces of the intermediate jointed arm, for imaging the scanner after the output from the intermediate jointed arm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2005
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2011
    Assignee: Linos Photonics GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventor: Michael Deyerler
  • Publication number: 20100249764
    Abstract: It is possible to provide a laser unit which can sting a skin with a small-diameter hole causing a small pain. The laser unit (1) includes: a laser rod (3) which applies a laser beam; a lens (7) which collects a laser beam applied from an irradiation unit; and a laser transmission plate (9) having a mirror portion on the side to which the laser beam comes in and a rough portion having an average surface roughness Ra on the side from which the laser beam goes out. With this configuration, the laser beam which has passed through the laser transmission plate (9) is scattered by the rough portion and the intensity of the laser beam applied to the skin is not concentrated to the center. Moreover, the laser beam generates an impulse wave when passing through the rough portion. That is, the energy is discharged in advance.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 2, 2008
    Publication date: September 30, 2010
    Applicant: PANASONIC CORPORATION
    Inventor: Takeshi Nishida
  • Patent number: 7799247
    Abstract: A therapeutic device has a first chamber that retains an oxalic ester solution, and a second chamber that retains a hydrogen peroxide and fluorescer solution. The therapeutic device is activated by causing the oxalic ester solution to mix with the hydrogen peroxide and fluorescer solution, which produces chemiluminescent light for treating a wound.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 21, 2010
    Inventor: Murray David Solsberg
  • Publication number: 20100234835
    Abstract: A laser perforation device that has a simple structure and with which pain to a person in skin perforation is reduced. In the device, a laser beam emitted from a laser emitting device (33) is branched into laser beam paths by splitters (170a, 170b, 170c) and mirrors (171a, 171b, 171c) and pierces skin (13) by applying the split beams to the same position (177) on the skin (13). Since the skin is pierced by a laser beam with a low output, pain to the person can be reduced.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 22, 2007
    Publication date: September 16, 2010
    Applicant: MATSUSHITA ELECTRIC INDUSTRIAL CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Kiyohiro Horikawa, Takeshi Nishida, Kenichi Hamanaka, Toshihiro Akiyama, Koji Miyoshi, Yoshinori Amano
  • Patent number: 7780655
    Abstract: A medical or cosmetic hand-held laser device with an optical waveguide device is subdivided into a first section and a second section arranged at an angle thereto for emitting laser radiation onto a treatment area. To deflect the laser beam from the first section into the second section as effectively as possible and in particular to launch the laser beam with the lowest possible loss into a waveguide that conducts the laser beam further, the hand-held device is provided with a reflector that is arranged between the two sections and has an essentially elliptical reflective surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 24, 2010
    Assignee: W&H Dentalwerk B├╝rmoos GmbH
    Inventors: Martin Strassl, Thomas Irran
  • Publication number: 20100160904
    Abstract: An apparatus and a method are provided for the treatment of soft tissue. The apparatus includes a light source and at least two optical assemblies. Each of the optical assemblies includes at least one optical element and a light-transmitting contact surface configured to transmit a substantially uniform distribution of light therethrough. The apparatus further includes at least two optical transmission devices each disposed between the light source and a corresponding one of the at least two optical assemblies. The apparatus also includes a handpiece to which the at least two optical assemblies are attached, and which is adapted to bring the light-transmitting contact surfaces of the at least two optical assemblies in contact with soft tissue disposed therebetween.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 24, 2009
    Publication date: June 24, 2010
    Applicant: Gradiant Research, LLC
    Inventors: Kathleen McMillan, Anurag Gupta, James Patrick McGuire, JR.
  • Publication number: 20100137852
    Abstract: A non-contact laser handpiece contains optical components modified to provide a high-density uniform laser beam at a distance from the handpiece that minimizes effects of back reflection.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 25, 2009
    Publication date: June 3, 2010
    Inventors: Dmitri Boutoussov, Manvel Andriasyan
  • Patent number: 7662147
    Abstract: A device and method for steering a laser beam to a focal point in target tissue requires generating a laser beam. Diversions of the laser beam from a central beam path are minimized by a sequential arrangement of optical steering components. In order, the beam is first directed to the center of a z-scanning apparatus which will move the focal point in the medium in a z-direction. The beam is then passed to the center of a first galvanometric mirror which introduces focal point movements in the x-direction. A second galvanometric mirror then compensates for the x-direction movement by redirecting the beam to the center of a third galvanometric mirror where focal point movements in the y-direction are introduced.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2010
    Assignee: Technolas PerfectVision GmbH
    Inventors: Ralf Kessler, Frieder Loesel, Thomas Sauter
  • Patent number: 7628939
    Abstract: A therapeutic device has a first chamber that retains an oxalic ester solution, and a second chamber that retains a hydrogen peroxide and fluorescer solution. The therapeutic device is activated by causing the oxalic ester solution to mix with the hydrogen peroxide and fluorescer solution, which produces chemiluminescent light for treating a wound.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2009
    Inventor: Murray David Solsberg
  • Patent number: 7618415
    Abstract: A device and method for steering a laser beam to a focal point in target tissue requires generating a laser beam. Diversions of the laser beam from a central beam path are minimized by a sequential arrangement of optical steering components. In order, the beam is first directed to the center of a z-scanning apparatus which will move the focal point in the medium in a z-direction. The beam is then passed to the center of a first galvanometric mirror which introduces focal point movements in the x-direction. A second galvanometric mirror then compensates for the x-direction movement by redirecting the beam to the center of a third galvanometric mirror where focal point movements in the y-direction are introduced.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 2004
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2009
    Assignee: Technolas Perfect Vision GmbH
    Inventors: Ralf Kessler, Frieder Loesel, Thomas Sauter
  • Publication number: 20090254073
    Abstract: A dermatological treatment device is disclosed for generating a matrix of two dimensional treatment spots on the tissue. A handpiece carrier a laser which generates a beam of laser pulses. The pulses are focused onto the tissue with a lens system. A diffractive element is positioned between the laser and the lens system for splitting the laser beam into a plurality of sub-beams. A scanner translates the beam over the diffractive element to generate the two dimensional spot pattern. The laser has a semi-monolithic resonator design with one integral end mirror defining the output coupler and a second, independent mirror for adjustment.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 16, 2009
    Publication date: October 8, 2009
    Applicant: Cutera, Inc.
    Inventors: Scott A. Davenport, David A. Gollnick, Kevin P. Connors
  • Patent number: 7563226
    Abstract: An illumination device for medical and dental procedures is described. The illumination device includes an elongate body configured to contain two or more optical fibers to transmit electromagnetic energy from a power source toward a target surface. The distal end of the illumination device is illustrated as a unitary structure, and the proximal end is illustrated as having multiple proximal end members. The illumination device includes two or more optical fibers for transmitting energy toward the distal end, and at least one optical fiber for transmitting energy from the distal end toward the proximal end of the device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 2005
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2009
    Assignee: Biolase Technology, Inc.
    Inventor: Dmitri Boutoussov
  • Publication number: 20080287941
    Abstract: A radiation emitting apparatus is disclosed that emits a substantially homogenous beam of radiation from an irregularly shaped output end. As described herein, a radiation emitting apparatus includes a bundled fiber guide coupled to an energy distribution tuner. The bundled fiber guide is coupled to the energy distribution tuner to receive a substantially uniform distribution of high power energy. The bundled fiber guide is configured to distribute the energy to emit a substantially uniform distribution of lower power energy toward a target surface, such as a body surface. The bundled fiber guide may include a plurality of fused optic fibers, a plurality of beam splitting mirror elements, or tapered waveguides.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 17, 2008
    Publication date: November 20, 2008
    Inventors: Jeffrey W. Jones, Dmitri Boutsoussov
  • Patent number: 7384419
    Abstract: A radiation emitting apparatus is disclosed that emits a substantially homogenous beam of radiation from an irregularly shaped output end. As described herein, a radiation emitting apparatus includes a bundled fiberguide coupled to an energy distribution tuner. The bundled fiber guide is coupled to the energy distribution tuner to receive a substantially uniform distribution of high power energy. The bundled fiber guide is configured to distribute the energy to emit a substantially uniform distribution of lower power energy toward a target surface, such as a body surface. The bundled fiber guide may include a plurality of fused optic fibers, a plurality of beam splitting mirror elements, or tapered waveguides.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2003
    Date of Patent: June 10, 2008
    Assignee: Biolase Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Jeffrey W. Jones, Dmitri Boutsoussov
  • Patent number: 7373254
    Abstract: The present invention relates to the process of selectively exposing matter to a specific wavelength of electromagnetic energy in sufficient flux density per wavelength to cause or promote a desired effect. The process includes, but is not limited to, destroying, disinfecting, denaturing, disinfesting, disrupting, or dehydration of one or more of the substances present. More specifically, present invention relates to subjecting matter, which may contain a mixture of substances, to electromagnetic energy, in concurrence with its spectral properties to exploit the spectral differences within the substance or within a mixture of substances. Energies are applied to cause wavelength-dependent reactions resulting from differential absorption; this additional applied energy manifests itself in changes, or quantum transitions, in the vibrational, rotational, magnetic, and electronic states of the molecules.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2002
    Date of Patent: May 13, 2008
    Assignee: Advanced Light Technology, LLC
    Inventor: Brian N. Pierce
  • Patent number: 7244253
    Abstract: A method for applying energy to biological tissue. An electromagnetic energy source is directed to apply the energy to a region of the tissue, so as to ablate a portion of the tissue in the region. Preferably, cooling of tissue in the region is initiated subsequent to the ablation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2002
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2007
    Inventor: Joseph Neev
  • Patent number: 7217267
    Abstract: A hair treatment device includes a generator of electromagnetic radiation and optical guide components operatively connected to the generator so as to direct electromagnetic radiation from the generator away from entering a skin surface and in a direction substantially parallel to the skin surface, to impinge on hair fibers protruding from the skin surface. A control unit is connected to the generator for controlling the generator to produce the electromagnetic radiation in bursts of light pulses each having a predetermined number of pulses of light for treating the hair fibers protruding from the skin surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2004
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2007
    Inventor: Harvey Jay
  • Patent number: 7201748
    Abstract: This invention is directed to an energy irradiation apparatus including an insertion portion (3) which includes a hollow cylindrical member (14) having a sealed distal end portion and is inserted into a living body, and an energy irradiation portion (20) which applies energy to living tissue through an irradiation window portion (17) which is provided on a side wall of the hollow cylindrical member (14) to extend in the longitudinal direction. This apparatus includes a driving unit which reciprocates with substantially a constant velocity the laser irradiation portion (20) in the direction indicated by an arrow D along the longitudinal direction of the irradiation window portion (17). With this structure, the energy irradiation apparatus can uniformly irradiate a lesion with energy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2004
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2007
    Assignee: Terumo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Wataru Karino, Akira Sakaguchi, Hiroshi Kizukuri
  • Patent number: 7192425
    Abstract: A laser treatment apparatus comprises: an optical guiding body which guides a treatment laser beam omitted from a laser source; an irradiation optical system for irradiating the treatment beam guided by the optical guiding body; a first beam splitter placed in the irradiation optical system to split the treatment beam guided thereto; a photo-detector which detects output of one of the split treatment beams; and a depolarizer placed in an optical path between the optical guiding body and the first beam splitter to spatially disturb a polarization state of the guided treatment beam.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2004
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2007
    Assignee: Nidek Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Katsuyasu Mizuno
  • Patent number: 7108692
    Abstract: An apparatus for applying light to a site to be treated on a wall of a vessel in the human or animal body, in particular for laser welding of two vessels to one another, has a light-feeding instrument that guides light generated by an extracorporeal light source to the site and radiates it onto the latter. The light-feeding instrument has an elongated optical conductor that can be inserted into the lumen of the vessel and can be displaced therein in the longitudinal direction of the vessel, and has light-deflecting means that direct the light fed through the optical conductor in a substantially radial fashion onto the site to be treated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2003
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2006
    Assignee: Storz-Endoskop GmbH
    Inventors: Martin Frenz, Beat Ott
  • Patent number: 7104983
    Abstract: A medical device is provided which comprises a suction conduit and an energy-transmitting conduit wherein at least some of the transmitted energy is directed to the distal region of the suction conduit. The device may include an optical apparatus for directing the energy. The device has applications in lithotripsy and tissue-removal in a patient.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2004
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2006
    Assignee: Boston Scientific Scimed, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael Grasso, III, Douglas Goodshall, Clifford Liu, Anthony Tremaglio, George Bourne
  • Patent number: 7022118
    Abstract: To provide a medical energy irradiation apparatus which permits easy and accurate establishment of a site of tissues of a living body targeted for irradiation with energy, when doctors use the medical energy irradiation apparatus to perform a cure for a prostatic hyperplasia or the like. The doctors insert an applicator 110 of the medical energy irradiation apparatus to an urinary bladder 161 and fix an endoscope 135 near to an entrance of an urethra. In this arrangement, when observing with the endoscope (135), a seminal colliculas 144 observed through a side-observation window 130 is observed toward a lower part of an observed image (schematic diagram) displayed on a display unit, and a positioning marker 140 in an interior of the applicator is observed toward an upper part of an observed image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2002
    Date of Patent: April 4, 2006
    Assignee: Terumo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Shigeki Ariura, Akira Sakaguchi, Shin Maki
  • Patent number: 6997924
    Abstract: A catheter introduction apparatus provides an optical assembly for emission of laser light energy. In one application, the catheter and the optical assembly are introduced percutaneously, and transseptally advanced to the ostium of a pulmonary vein. An anchoring balloon is expanded to position a mirror near the ostium of the pulmonary vein, such that light energy is reflected and directed circumferentially around the ostium of the pulmonary vein when a laser light source is energized. A circumferential ablation lesion is thereby produced, which effectively blocks electrical propagation between the pulmonary vein and the left atrium.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2002
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2006
    Assignee: Biosense Inc.
    Inventors: Yitzhack Schwartz, Assaf Govari, Shlomo Ben-Haim, Uri Yaron, Marcia Leatham