|| List of recent Endoscope-related patents
| Endoscopic surgical blade and method of use thereof|
An endoscopic surgical blade is disclosed. The blade is of a low-profile design, having a downward angled cutting surface that is radiused at its upper end.
| Delivery assembly for resilient tissue clamp|
A delivery assembly includes a ring sleeve that fits snugly over a main endoscope on the distal end of the endoscope. An extension tube projects distally away from the ring sleeve and may be made integrally with the sleeve.
| Endoscopy-guided deployment of vessel punch|
A robotic punch system employs a robot unit (70) and a control unit (80). The robot unit (70) includes a robot (71) and an endoscopic punch (72) mounted to the robot (71).
| Endoscope apparatus|
An endoscope apparatus includes: a light source device radiating at least one or more illumination lights having a predetermined wavelength band to a subject; a ccd picking up an image of a return light from the subject based on radiation of the illumination light from the light source device; an image processing section outputting a first image signal of a first wavelength band having a peak wavelength of spectral characteristic, between a wavelength band including a maximum value and a wavelength band at a minimum value with regard to an absorption characteristic of living tissue, after image pickup by the ccd; and an observation monitor performing image display on the basis of the first image signal.. .
| Three-dimensional retractor|
A retractor including an excluding portion having an obtuse distal end, an introduction portion extending from the excluding portion, and a handle portion provided at a proximal end of the introduction portion. The excluding portion and the introduction portion each have an outer diameter that allows insertion into a treatment instrument channel of an endoscope.
| Endoscope with adjustable illumination direction|
An endoscope having an adjustable illumination direction includes a reflective surface reflecting illumination light for the illumination of an object observed by means of the endoscope, the reflective surface being moveable in order to adjust the illumination direction.. .
| Endoscope with pivotable viewing direction|
An endoscope having a viewing direction which can be pivoted relative to the endoscope includes an illumination beam path for transmitting illumination light and a plurality of reflective surfaces for reflecting illumination light, the reflective surfaces being arranged at least partially next to one another in the illumination beam path relative to the intended light propagation direction of illumination light in the illumination beam path.. .
| Endoscope and endoscope system|
An endoscope has an illuminating-light exit portion that allows illuminating light for illuminating an object to exit, and an observing portion that captures an image of the object. The endoscope includes a changing unit configured to change a light quantity distribution of the illuminating light.
| Imaging system and method for use of same to determine metric scale of imaged bodily anatomy|
Repositionable imaging system and method for creating a 3d image of a closed cavity of a patient's anatomy containing the imaging system, estimating characteristics of motion of the system within the cavity, and determining a metric dimension characterizing the cavity without the use of mechanical measurement. The system may include tracking device located externally with respect to the cavity to determine a scale measurement of the system's motion and the structure of the cavity.
An endoscope apparatus for generating an image of a target site containing a fluorescent substance, including an image pickup section provided with pixels for generating image pickup signals corresponding to a red color region and a band closer to a long wavelength side than the red color region and pixels for generating an image pickup signal corresponding to a band closer to a short wavelength side than the red color region, a light source section emitting to the target site, excitation light for exciting the fluorescent substance and generating fluorescence and reference light for generating reflected light from the target site, and an image processing unit that acquires an image obtained by separating a signal component generated upon receiving the fluorescence from the image pickup signal generated by the image pickup section and an image obtained by separating a signal component generated upon receiving the reflected light.. .
|Device and method for the positioning of tissue during laparoscopic or endoscopic surgery|
A surgical device and method for the retracting, maneuvering, and re-positioning of tissue and/or a body organ during endoscopic and laparoscopic procedures. The surgical apparatus comprises at least one separable grasping device with a detachable head, and an exteriorly-operated handle mechanism, or puppet handle.
|Endoscope optical system and endoscope|
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|Optical trocar with scope holding assembly|
An optical access apparatus for receiving an endoscope to permit visualization during passage through tissue includes an access member dimensioned for insertion through body tissue. The access member defines a longitudinal axis and has a longitudinal opening for receiving an endoscope.
A capsule endoscope is disclosed. The capsule endoscope includes a shell, a plurality of image capturing units, a positioning unit, and a processing unit.
|Treatment system and endoscope system|
This treatment system includes: a supporting portion; a first grasping member and a second grasping member supported by the supporting portion so as to approach and separate from each other; a needle member including a distal end portion which has a sharp distal end and punctures a tissue, and a proximal end portion continuous with the distal end portion; a holding portion mounted on the first grasping member and releasably holding the proximal end portion of the needle member; and a locking portion mounted on the second grasping member and locking the distal end portion of the needle member such that the proximal end portion of the needle member is removed from the holding portion when the first grasping member and the second grasping member are separated from each other from a position at which the first grasping member and the second grasping member approach each other.. .
|Endoscope objective optical system|
|Image pickup unit and endoscope|
An image pickup unit includes an image pickup device, an objective lens, and a prism that has a reflective surface. The image pickup unit includes: a projecting portion that is an area at which the image pickup device projects to the rear from the prism; a terminal portion provided on the projecting portion; a flexible printed wiring board that extends along the prism and the projecting portion; an image pickup device connection terminal portion formed on a face that faces the projecting portion of the flexible printed wiring board; and a cable connection terminal portion formed at an area that extends over the projecting portion of the flexible printed wiring board.
A capsule endoscope includes: a light emitting unit; an imaging unit; an image signal processing unit; and a setting unit that controls the light emitting unit and the imaging unit to perform pre-exposure, measures at least one of a light emission time and a light emission intensity, sets the measured time or intensity for a main exposure process when the measured time or intensity is within a predetermined acceptable range, and sets at least one of the preset light emission time and light emission intensity for the main exposure process when the measured time or intensity is out of the acceptable range, wherein an acquisition process of an image is performed in accordance with the set light emission time or the set light emission intensity.. .
|Image pickup unit and endoscope|
The present invention provides an image pickup unit including an objective lens including a plurality of optical system members via which an object image is formed, the image pickup unit including: a fixed barrel that holds a fixed lens in the objective lens; a moving lens holding barrel that holds a moving lens and is disposed so as to be slidable along an optical axis inside the fixed barrel; and a voice coil motor section that generates a drive force for moving the moving lens holding barrel relative to the fixed barrel along the optical axis, and the voice coil motor section is disposed so that a center axis of action of a generated thrust force passes through a gravity center of a driven member to be driven by the voice coil motor section.. .
A treatment instrument that is inserted in a freely advancing and retracting manner into the a channel of an ultrasonic endoscope that includes an ultrasonic scanning mechanism emitting and receiving ultrasound waves, the first dimple includes a first area which has a reflecting surface that reflects the ultrasound waves emitted from the ultrasonic scanning mechanism to the ultrasonic scanning mechanism; and a second area which is arranged contiguously to the first area at a proximal end side of the first area and which includes a wall surface on which the ultrasound waves that is emitted toward the first area in a direction to travel directly from the ultrasonic scanning mechanism cannot be incident.. .
Provided is an endoscope including an imaging optical system 3 provided in insertion portion at a distal end thereof and for observing an object to be observed, and a plurality of illumination optical systems 2a, 2b provided in the insertion portion 1 and for distributing the illuminating light emitted from a light source to the object to be observed, the illumination optical systems being directed in the same direction each other to illuminate the same field of view, wherein at least one of the plurality of illumination optical systems is a first illumination optical system 2a having a convex lens, and at least one of the others is a second illumination optical system 2b having a concave lens.. .
|360 degree panning stereo endoscope|
An actuating mechanism carried by the shaft and adapted to (i) synchronously rotate the first and second optical channels about their respective axes, and (ii) synchronously, inversely piston the first and second optical channels along their respective axes.. .
|Method and device for flushing during endoscopic surgery|
A device and method are provided for flushing during endoscopic surgery to solve the problem of debris in the operating cavity. Included is the ability of reversing the inflow and outflow channels of the endoscope to make possible the beneficial cleaning of the ports of the endoscope from debris and e.g.
|Driving force transmission device for endoscope and auxiliary thrust device comprising thereof|
An auxiliary thrust device includes a membrane, a carrier tube, and a drive cylinder. First and second insertion holes into which first and second torque wires are inserted are formed in a wire sheath.
|Optical sensing for relative tracking of endoscopes|
A telescopic endoscope employing a primary endoscope (30, 50) having a instrument channel, a miniature secondary endoscope (40, 60) deployed within the instrument channel of the primary endoscope (30, 50), and an endoscope tracker including one or more sensors (32, 61) and one or markers (41, 52) for sensing any portion of the miniature secondary endoscope (40, 60) extending from a distal end of the instrument channel of the primary endoscope (30, 50).. .
An electronic endoscope includes a distal end portion of an insertion portion which incorporates an image pickup unit, a first metal frame which holds an observation window, a second metal frame which holds an objective optical system, a third metal frame which is made to fit with a rear portion of the second metal frame and holds an electronic component, an anti-fogging unit which prevents fogging of the observation window, and a thermal insulation member which thermally insulates the anti-fogging unit and the second metal frame from each other to inhibit transmission of heat generated in the anti-fogging unit to the third metal frame, an outer circumferential face of which fits with an inner circumferential face of the first metal frame, and an inner circumferential face of which fits with an outer circumferential face of the second metal frame.. .
|Flexible endoscope system and functionality|
An enhanced flexibility auxiliary endoscope assembly for use with an endoscope, the assembly including at least one flexible elongate element and a flexible sleeve having a first lumen for accommodating a distal portion of an endoscope capable of assuming at least a first curvature and a second lumen for accommodating the at least one flexible elongate element, the second lumen being configured to allow the at least one flexible elongate element to assume the at least first curvature as well as at least a second curvature about the first curvature, thereby to enhance flexibility of the auxiliary endoscope assembly.. .
|Flexible gastrointestinal videoendoscope|
The invention relates to a compact videoendoscope, which has additional movements on its tip, allowing better utilization of the movements performed in the distal segment of the device. The videoendoscope according to the invention also provides, in addition, an image processor and monitor incorporated to the handle, or proximal part of the device, with light originating from the device itself through leds placed at the distal tip..
|Medical robot system|
A medical robot system has a plurality of first robot arms supporting respective manipulators thereon; a second robot arm supporting an endoscope thereon; and a controller for controlling the first robot arms and the second robot arm. The manipulators and endoscope are inserted into a body cavity through a common trocar supporting member, wherein each of said manipulators includes a rod-shaped member for insertion through the trocar supporting member into the body cavity, a distal-end working unit mounted on a distal end of the rod-shaped member and having at least one joint, and at least one intermediate joint disposed in the rod-shaped member for bending said rod-shaped member..
|Method and apparatus for cleaning an endoscope|
An apparatus for cleaning an endoscope that may include a handle, a rod insertable into a channel of an endoscope, the rod including a first end and a second end, the first end of the rod being attachable to the handle, a wiping tip insertable into the endoscope channel and attachable to the second end of the rod, and a wiping surface attachable to the wiping tip.. .
|Robotic system for engaging a fastener with body tissue|
An improved apparatus and method of securing body tissue may be performed with a robotic mechanism. The robotic mechanism may be utilized to tension a suture with a predetermined force and urge a suture retainer toward body tissue with a predetermined force.
|Robotic guided endoscope|
Systems and methods for performing robotic endoscopic surgical procedures, according to a surgical plan prepared on a preoperative set of three dimensional images. The system comprises a surgical robot whose coordinate system is related to that of fluoroscope images generated intraoperatively, by using a three dimensional target having radio-opaque markers, attached in a predetermined manner to the robot or to another element to which the robot is attached, such as the spinal bridge or an attachment clamp.
An endoscope has a bending portion operation apparatus at an operation portion, the bending portion operation apparatus being for bending and operating a bending portion, and the bending portion operation apparatus includes a dial for bending operation which bends the bending portion by pivoting about a shaft, a portion of the dial for bending operation provided at the operation portion being protruded at a position where the dial for bending operation is operated with a thumb grasping the operation portion, and an auxiliary dial for bending operation which has a meshing portion meshing with the dial for bending operation and a protruding portion protruding at a position where the auxiliary dial for bending operation is operable with a finger other than the thumb, an operation input entered at the protruding portion with the finger other than the thumb being transmitted to the bending operation dial via the meshing portion.. .
An endoscope includes a flexible tube and a connection mouth ring. The flexible tube includes a helical tube, a braid tube disposed outside the helical tube, and an outer tube disposed outside the braid tube.
An electronic endoscope includes a distal end portion of an insertion portion which incorporates electronic components, a metal frame which holds an observation window, an earth member which is connected to a patient-side ground of an external device, and a static-protective member which is disposed in the distal end portion to have a predetermined clearance from the metal frame and is electrically connected to the earth member to let static electricity e applied to the distal end portion flow to the earth member. With the configuration, the electronic endoscope prevents occurrence of trouble, a fault, and the like in an electronic component incorporated in the distal end portion due to applied static electricity..
|Device for regulating pressure inside body cavity and endoscope system|
A body cavity internal pressure regulating device is connected to an endoscope including a suction channel used for suction under manual control and a forceps channel used to insert an instrument into a body cavity, and the body cavity internal pressure regulating device regulates a body cavity internal pressure. A gas supply unit performs a gas supply through the forceps channel.
|Surgical instrument with a via|
A surgical instrument, such as an endoscope, having a hermetically sealed housing for accommodating, optical and/or electrical devices therein. The housing having a wall with a via provided in the wall to electrically connect an electrical contact formed on the inside of the wall with an electrical contact formed on the outside of the wall, wherein the via has a penetration in the wall, and the penetration is filled with a filling material to form a hermetically sealed housing, wherein the electrical contacts are formed as at least one electrically conductive conductor path on the inside of the wall and on the outside of the wall, wherein one conductor path on the inside of the wall, and one conductor path on the outside of the housing are connected to each other by means of the via, and wherein the filling material of the via consists of metal or solder..
|Disposable air/water valve for an endoscope|
A disposable air/water valve may include a main stem providing an air passage through the center bore of the main stem. A method for manufacturing a disposable air/water valve may include several steps.
An endoscope system includes processors, and settings in the processors are at least partially in common and a setting content in a processor determined to have a higher priority is transmitted to a processor determined to have a lower priority, based on a predetermined operation, and the processor changes a setting content that is in common with a setting content in the processor among the received setting contents.. .
An endoscope system includes an illumination unit which includes a modulation section configured to control a visible light source so that visible light from the visible light source is subjected to intensity modulation in a predetermined pattern, and emits modulated visible light as illumination light, a detection section configured to detect the modulated visible light, and a determination section configured to determine whether an insertion portion of an endoscope is present in an object based on a detection result of the detection section. The illumination unit is arranged outside the object, and the detection section is arranged at the insertion portion..
|In vivo sensing device with a flexible circuit board|
A flexible circuit board for being inserted into an in-vivo imaging device is provided. The flexible circuit board may include a plurality of flexible installation units connected to one another through flexible connection units.
|Optical systems for multi-sensor endoscopes|
There is provided herein an optical system for a tip section of a multi-sensor endoscope, the system comprising: a front-pointing camera sensor; a front objective lens system; a side-pointing camera sensor; and a side objective lens system, wherein at least one of said front and side objective lens systems comprises a front and a rear sub-systems separated by a stop diaphragm, said front sub-system comprises, in order from the object side, a first front negative lens and a second front positive lens, said rear sub-system comprises, in order from the object side, a first rear positive lens, an achromatic sub-assembly comprising a second rear positive lens and a third rear negative lens, wherein the following condition is satisfied: f(first rear positive lens)≦1.8f, where f is the composite focal length of the total lens system and f(first rear positive lens) is the focal length of said first rear positive lens.. .