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600101000 - ENDOSCOPE

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20110201884ENDOSCOPE - An endoscope includes an operation portion, an optical image conducting member arranged in the inner space of the operation portion, a display portion coupled to the operation portion so as to be movable relative to the operation portion, an electric connecting member extending between the inner spaces of the operation portion and the display portion and connected to the display portion, and a restricting mechanism configured to restrict movement of a part forming a play in the electric connecting member toward the optical image conducting member, and the restricting mechanism includes a wound portion provided in the inner space, a winding portion being a part of the electric connecting member and wound around the wound portion to form the play, and a winding portion receiving portion provided in the inner space, arranged between the winding portion and the optical image conducting member and configured to support the winding portion.08-18-2011
20130030247In-Vivo Image Acquiring Apparatus, In-Vivo Image Receiving Apparatus, In-Vivo Image Displaying Apparatus, and Noise Eliminating Method - An in-vivo image acquiring apparatus includes an operation control unit which controls a black image acquiring operation, in which the operation control unit controls an imaging unit and an illuminating unit in such a manner the imaging unit conducts an image acquiring operation in a state the illuminating unit does not conduct an illuminating operation. The in-vivo image acquiring apparatus also includes an average calculating unit which calculates the average value of pixel value in a predetermined determining area, and a black image determining unit, which determines whether the image information acquired by the image acquiring operation is the black image by comparing the average value with a predetermined threshold value. The image information determined as the black image by the black image determining unit is transmitted, as the black image information, to an external apparatus by radio.01-31-2013
20130030246METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR LAPAROSCOPICALLY INDENTIFYING AND LOCATING STRUCTURES EMBEDDED IN FAT - A scanning laser laparoscope for laparoscopically locating and identifying anatomical structures embedded within fat during microinvasive surgery. In one example, such a scanning laser laparoscope is achieved using a combination of a light source and a scanner located outside the body and configured to generate a pattern of light, an optics relay configured to relay the pattern of light toward and through a tissue section located inside the body, and a photodetector configured to receive the light pattern transmitted through the tissue section and to generate an image of the tissue section.01-31-2013
20100160728ACTIVE MEDICAL APPARATUS SYSTEM AND DRIVE CONTROL METHOD - An active medical apparatus system includes: an active medical apparatus having a joint; an active medical apparatus driving section; an instruction input section; an instruction input section driving section to which information of a force acting on the active medical apparatus is fed back and inputted, and which drives the instruction input section according to the information of force, a determining section which determines whether or not a movement of the instruction input section in the acting direction of the driving force driving the instruction input section is generated in an amount of a threshold value or more; and a control section which, when the movement of the instruction input section is generated in the amount of the threshold value or more, suppresses at least one of the driving in the instruction input section driving section and the driving in the active medical apparatus driving section.06-24-2010
20090292167CAPSULE MEDICAL APPARATUS AND METHOD OF CHARGING CAPSULE MEDICAL APPARATUS - A capsule medical apparatus includes a function executing unit, a secondary battery, a power input unit, and a connecting circuit. The function executing unit performs a predetermined function. The secondary battery supplies electric power to the function executing unit. The power input unit receives electric power to charge the secondary battery. The connecting circuit releasably connects the secondary battery and the power input unit, and releases a connection between the secondary battery and the power input unit to inhibit charging the secondary battery.11-26-2009
20100010302ENDOSCOPIC REFLECTOR - A reflector for an endoscopic tool, which is made, for example of a framework or a balloon and reflects an image proximal to the tip to an imager at or near a tip of the endoscope. In some embodiments, the reflector distorts the image, which may be corrected using software.01-14-2010
20090192351CAPSULE ENDOSCOPE AND CAPSULE ENDOSCOPE SYSTEM - When a program is started upon turning on a power, a capsule endoscope (CE) is activated under a normal shooting mode and starts shooting images with light sources on. Using a remote controller for mode change, a mode change command is emitted to the CE. The image data thus obtained is input to a mode changer. The mode changer analyzes the image data and switches to a setting change mode when the image data is recognized as the mode change command. A two-dimensional code is displayed on a monitor of a command production device. The two-dimensional code is shot with a CCD. The image data thus obtained is input to a setting changer. The setting changer rewrites an argument in a setting value table to an argument designated by the setting change command.07-30-2009
20110196201IMAGE PROCESSING SYSTEM, EXTERNAL DEVICE, AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD - An image processing system includes an external device including an orientation specifying unit that specifies orientation of the body-insertable apparatus at the time of capturing the image data with respect to a reference direction, a rotation correcting unit that performs rotation correction on image data received by the input unit based on the orientation specified by the first orientation specifying unit, thereby aligning orientations of a plurality of pieces of image data, a screen generating unit that generates a screen displaying the image data subjected to the rotation correction, an average color bar generating unit that calculates an average color of the image data subjected to the rotation correction, generates an image of the calculated average color, and generates an average color bar in which images of the generated average colors are connected in accordance with order of the image data, and an organ image generating unit that generates an organ image, as an image of an organ in the subject, obtained by superimposing the images of the average colors generated by the average color bar generating unit. The screen generating unit generates the screen in which the average color bar generated by the average color bar generating unit is incorporated, and incorporates the organ image into the screen.08-11-2011
20110196200MULTI-VIEW ENDOSCOPIC IMAGING SYSTEM - Endoscopic illumination and imaging systems for enabling observation of both the forward and rearward directions in a lumen using only a single imaging device. According to one implementation, the system utilizes the effects of a partially reflective mirror to respectively transmit and reflect light from the different portions of the lumen or cavity, and uses separate groups of illumination sources to illuminate one or the other section of the lumen, such that the illuminated section is preferentially imaged by virtue of its increased light level. In a second implementation, electrically switched mirrors are used, having properties switched between a transmissive and a partially reflective state, such that the mirror can be switched between imaging the regions forward of the camera when in a transmissive state, and imaging the regions rearward of the camera when in a reflective state. A mechanically swiveled mirror is described for the same purpose.08-11-2011
20090306474IN VIVO CAMERA WITH MULTIPLE SOURCES TO ILLUMINATE TISSUE AT DIFFERENT DISTANCES - An in vivo endoscope illuminates tissue using multiple sources. Light from a short-range source exits a tubular wall of the endoscope through a first illumination region that overlaps an imaging region, and the light returns through the imaging region after reflection by tissue, to form an image in a camera. Light from a long-range source exits the tubular wall through a second illumination region that does not overlap the imaging region. The endoscope of some embodiments includes a mirror, and light from an emitter for the short-range source is split and reaches the first illumination region from both sides of an optical axis of the camera. Illuminating the first illumination region with split fractions of light results in greater uniformity of illumination, than illuminating directly with an un-split beam. The energy generated by each source is changed depending on distance of the tissue to be imaged.12-10-2009
20100113874TELEOPERATED ENDOSCOPIC CAPSULE - Teleoperated endoscopic capsule for diagnostic and/or therapeutic purposes inside a cavity in a human body, comprising a body (05-06-2010
20100076263ENDOSCOPE SYSTEM, IMAGE PICKUP SYSTEM AND IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS - An endoscope system includes: an endoscope for picking up an image in a body cavity by an image pickup apparatus provided in a distal end of an insertion portion; a position detecting apparatus for detecting, based on luminal information acquired by the image pickup apparatus, position information used for inserting the distal end of the insertion portion; a recording apparatus for recording, in a time-sequential manner, the position information detected by the position detecting apparatus; a determining apparatus for determining whether or not the detecting operation of the position information performed by the position detecting apparatus satisfies a set condition; and a direction calculating apparatus for, when the determination result shows that the set condition is not satisfied, reading out the position information recorded in the recording apparatus and outputting information on a direction in which the distal end of the insertion portion is to be inserted.03-25-2010
20100076262ENDOSCOPE INSPECTION SYSTEM - An endoscope inspection system. An image-capturing device is disposed on an endoscope probe and is electrically connected to a signal conditioning unit. A differential electrode set includes an annular detecting electrode and a reference electrode. The annular detecting electrode surrounds the endoscope probe. The annular detecting electrode, reference electrode, and display are electrically connected to the signal conditioning unit.03-25-2010
20100076261EXAMINATION DEVICE - A device for imaging a bladder, comprising an image sensor, an illumination source and a device orientation actuator.03-25-2010
20090240108CAPSULE ENDOSCOPY SYSTEM AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING OPERATION OF CAPSULE ENDOSCOPE - A capsule endoscope captures an image from an imaging field as it travels through a tract of a patient and, at the same time, measures subject distances to multiple points in the imaging field. The capsule endoscope sends the captured image and information on the multi-point distances wirelessly to a data transceiver that the patient carries about. With reference to the multi-point distance information, a check zone of a limited distance range is determined in the imaging field, and the check zone is divided into small blocks. Image characteristic values are extracted from image data of each individual small block, and compared with the image characteristic values of other small blocks, to examine similarity between the small blocks. Those small blocks which are less similar to other small blocks are considered to constitute an area of concern, such as a lesion.09-24-2009
20130079594INDUSTRIAL ENDOSCOPE APPARATUS - This endoscope apparatus includes: an insertion portion configured to include a bend portion; an image pickup portion configured to capture an image of an object to be inspected; an operation portion configured to perform a bending operation of the bend portion; a storage portion configured to store at least an image of the objected to be inspected as a recorded image; a display portion configured to display the image, and a display control portion configured to: determine a display orientation of a superimposition information,; display the image captured by the image pickup portion without rotating the image; and display the superimposition information, the display control portion being further configured to: determine a display orientation of at least one of the recorded image and a Graphical User Interface; and display the at least one of the recorded image and the Graphical User Interface.03-28-2013
20130035546ENDOSCOPE WITH A FLEXIBLE CIRCUIT BOARD - An endoscope with a flexible circuit board comprises: a base mounting frame, a flexible circuit, a photosensitive element, a plurality of light emitting elements and a camera. The flexible circuit board, the photosensitive element, the light emitting elements and the camera can be mounted on the mounting frame, and then the mounting frame can be assembled in a pipe to form the endoscope, which greatly improves the ease of assembly, and consequently reducing the labor cost required for assembly. Furthermore, the flexibility of the circuit board reduces the volume of the endoscope and improves applicability.02-07-2013
20130035547IMAGE SENSOR FOR CAPSULE ENDOSCOPE ENABLING DUAL MODE OPERATION - The present invention relates to an image sensor for a capsule endoscope which enables a dual mode operation, and more particularly, to an image sensor for a capsule endoscope wherein two image sensors identically designed and manufactured for photographing the inside of a human body are used and set as a master and a slave, respectively so as to enable a dual mode operation in which two chips are linkage-operated.02-07-2013
20130035545ELECTRONIC ENDOSCOPE APPARATUS - An electronic endoscope apparatus includes: a CCD; a temperature sensor that detects a temperature of a distal end portion; a correlated double sampling section provided in a body portion, the correlated double sampling section extracting a signal component from an image signal outputted from the CCD; a timing generator that generates a sample-and-hold signal for making the correlated double sampling section operate and a drive pulse signal for driving the CCD; and a CPU that adjusts a timing of the sample-and-hold signal or the drive pulse signal generated by the timing generator, based on the temperature detected by the temperature sensor.02-07-2013
20130041218ENDOSCOPIC DEVICE - An endoscopic device that irradiates a plurality of illuminating light having different spectrums from each other onto a subject at a front edge of an endoscope inserting module and captures the subject to obtain an observation image The endoscopic device includes an illuminating module, an imaging module, a light intensity ratio control module, and a color tone correcting module. The illuminating module generates the plurality of illuminating light. The imaging module captures the subject and output an image signal of the observation image. The light intensity ratio control module controls the illuminating module to irradiate the plurality of illuminating light onto the subject with a set light intensity ratio by setting the light intensity ratio of the plurality of illuminating light. The color tone correcting module corrects the color tone to obtain the observation image with substantially the same color tone even though the light intensity ratio is changed.02-14-2013
20130041220ENDOSCOPE SYSTEM - An endoscope system is an endoscope system including a first endoscope and a second endoscope, the first endoscope including a first frequency correction section, and the second endoscope not including the first frequency correction section, and a video processor, wherein the video processor includes a frequency correction information storage section which stores third frequency correction information based on the endoscope information of the second endoscope, a correction amount acquiring section which acquires second frequency correction information for performing frequency correction in concert with frequency correction processing by the first frequency correction section when the first endoscope is connected and acquires the third frequency correction information from the frequency correction information storage section when the second endoscope is connected, and a second frequency correction section which performs frequency correction on the video signal from the endoscopes on the basis of the correction information acquired by the correction amount acquiring section.02-14-2013
20130041216INCREASED RESOLUTION AND DYNAMIC RANGE IMAGE CAPTURE UNIT IN A SURGICAL INSTRUMENT AND METHOD - In a minimally invasive surgical system, an image capture unit includes a prism assembly and sensor assembly. The prism assembly includes a beam splitter, while the sensor assembly includes coplanar image capture sensors. Each of the coplanar image capture sensors has a common front end optical structure, e.g., the optical structure distal to the image capture unit is the same for each of the sensors. A controller enhances images acquired by the coplanar image capture sensors. The enhanced images may include (a) visible images with enhanced feature definition, in which a particular feature in the scene is emphasized to the operator of minimally invasive surgical system; (b) images having increased image apparent resolution; (c) images having increased dynamic range; (d) images displayed in a way based on a pixel color component vector having three or more color components; and (e) images having extended depth of field.02-14-2013
20130041219MEDICAL MANIPULATOR AND SURGICAL SUPPORT APPARATUS - A medical manipulator includes: a holding portion whose proximal end portion is fixed to a base; a positioning portion that has a fixing portion that is fixed to a distal end portion of the holding portion, and that is formed such that a treatment portion of a surgical instrument is able to move relative to the fixing portion; a reference orientation detecting portion that detects an orientation of a reference position on the positioning portion; a drive section that is used to move the treatment portion relative to the fixing portion; and a displacement detecting section that detects an amount of movement, including angular displacement, of the treatment portion relative to the reference position, and that calculates as the orientation on the treatment portion an orientation that is different by an amount of angular displacement that it has itself detected from the orientation on the reference position detected by the reference orientation detecting portion.02-14-2013
20130041217CAPSULE MEDICAL DEVICE GUIDING SYSTEM AND MAGNETIC FIELD GENERATING DEVICE - A guiding system includes a capsule medical device including a permanent magnet; a magnetic field generating unit to generate a magnetic field to the magnet to guide the capsule, and change a direction of the magnetic field in a three-dimensional space; and a control unit to control the magnetic field generated by the generating unit. Where the capsule is located on a liquid surface, the control unit generates a first magnetic field such that a plane, which is parallel to a vertical axis and in which a magnetic field including a rotating magnetic field where a magnetic field is rotated on the plane is generated, pivots about the vertical axis at a predetermined period and a second magnetic field for generating a magnetic attracting force for moving the magnet vertically downward to submerge the capsule in the liquid, the first and second magnetic fields being applied at a same time.02-14-2013
20100145145CAPSULE ENDOSCOPE - A capsule endoscope includes an enclosure with a transparent section, a illumination unit arranged to illuminate an object to be observed via the transparent section, an image unit disposed in the enclosure, a reflecting unit disposed in the enclosure and arranged to direct light from the object to the image unit to form an image of the object, and a driving unit comprising a piezoelectric motor arranged to rotate the reflecting unit relative to the enclosure.06-10-2010
20130041215FEATURE DIFFERENTIATION IMAGE CAPTURE UNIT AND METHOD IN A SURGICAL INSTRUMENT - In a minimally invasive surgical system, an image capture unit includes a prism assembly and sensor assembly. The prism assembly includes a beam splitter, while the sensor assembly includes coplanar image capture sensors. Each of the coplanar image capture sensors has a common front end optical structure, e.g., the optical structure distal to the image capture unit is the same for each of the sensors. A controller enhances images acquired by the coplanar image capture sensors. The enhanced images may include (a) visible images with enhanced feature definition, in which a particular feature in the scene is emphasized to the operator of minimally invasive surgical system; (b) images having increased image apparent resolution; (c) images having increased dynamic range; (d) images displayed in a way based on a pixel color component vector having three or more color components; and (e) images having extended depth of field.02-14-2013
20100041950MEDICAL-INFORMATION MANAGEMENT NETWORK SYSTEM - A medical-information management network system, including a medical-information management server to which a server-identification information is individually given, the medical-information management server configured to manage patient information, examination information, and a diagnosis result; a receiving device that stores an in-vivo image, which is captured by a body-insertable apparatus inserted into a subject, and information received from the body-insertable apparatus; and an image display device that is connected with the medical-information management server via a network and obtains the in-vivo image and the information received from the body-insertable apparatus that are stored in the receiving device.02-18-2010
20100041949DEVICES AND METHODS FOR PERFORMING MEDICAL PROCEDURES IN TREE-LIKE LUMINAL STRUCTURES - Apparatus is described for use with an imaging device (02-18-2010
20100041948OPTICAL PROBE AND THREE-DIMENSIONAL IMAGE ACQUISITION APPARATUS - An optical probe to be inserted from a forceps port of an endoscope into a body as an object to be measured, includes: a sheath whose distal end portion at least is optically transparent to signal light; an optical fiber for guiding the signal light, the optical fiber being arranged inside the sheath; a lens for emitting the signal light from a side surface of the distal end portion of the sheath and into which returning light from a living body enters, the lens being coupled to a distal end of the optical fiber; and a flexible shaft for transmitting driving power to move the optical fiber and the lens back and forth, the flexible shaft being arranged inside the sheath, wherein first markers are provided at predetermined intervals on the distal end portion of the sheath along a longitudinal direction of the sheath.02-18-2010
20100041947Endoscopic vision system - The present invention relates to an endoscopic visioning system and related method for both forward and backward viewing of a body lumen. According to an embodiment, the system includes an endoscope, a vision head including a light source and a vision chip on both a proximal and a distal side of the vision head, and an extension arm for moving the vision head away from and back toward the endoscope. Alternatively, the light source and vision chip may be contained in a distal end of the endoscope. In such an alternative embodiment, the vision head is a parabolic mirror mounted on the extension arm for reflecting images, for example, from behind the distal end of the endoscope to the vision chip in the distal end of the endoscope to permit, for example, a retrograde view of the surgical site entrance.02-18-2010
20100041946ARC-SHAPED FLEXIBLE PRINTED CIRCUIT FILM TYPE ENDOSCOPE USING IMAGING DEVICE - Disclosed herein is an arc-shaped flexible printed circuit film type endoscope using an imaging device. The endoscope includes an image photographing means and an object insertion means. The image photographing means includes a head housing to which an imaging device and an illumination means are mounted, and functions to photograph an image. The object insertion means includes an arc-shaped flexible thin foil, an insulating adhesive film, a circuit film and an insulating protective film which are layered and inserted into an interior of an object to be inspected. The object insertion means is connected at one end thereof to the image photographing means and connected at the other end to a transmission cable via a connector.02-18-2010
20130046142MINIATURE ENDOSCOPE SYSTEM - The present invention relates to a small diameter imaging probe or endoscope, a solid state imaging device, and a light transmitting path that collects light at a distal end of the probe and directs the light along the length of the probe to the imaging device. The invention also relates to a small diameter endoscope having a light transmitting path with a light absorbing layer and a super clad layer defining the image aperture.02-21-2013
20090124855ENDOSCOPIC SYSTEM - An endoscopic system of the present invention includes an endoscope having an input portion, a monitor which displays an image taken with the endoscope, and an observation apparatus which is detachably attached to the endoscope, and which, when connected to the endoscope, automatically displays on the monitor a setting view on which a setting can be made through the input portion.05-14-2009
20090124854IMAGE CAPTURING DEVICE AND IMAGE CAPTURING SYSTEM - Provided is an image capturing system comprising an image capturing device. The image capturing device includes a plurality of first light receiving elements that receive light in a first wavelength region and a plurality of second light receiving elements that receive light in a wavelength region having a penetration depth in relation to a subject that is less than the penetration depth of light in the first wavelength region. The number of second light receiving elements is greater than the number of first light receiving elements. The ratio of the number of second light receiving elements to the number of first light receiving elements may be set according to a ratio of the penetration depth of light in the first wavelength region to the penetration depth of light in a second wavelength region, which is the light in the wavelength region received by the second light receiving elements.05-14-2009
20120184812ENDOSCOPE SYSTEM - In an endoscope system having the function of capturing autofluorescence from a living body irradiated with excitation light and the function of capturing normal light observation images using white light as observation light, the normal light observation images are processed with a G fluorescence signal and an R fluorescence signal from the biological autofluorescence. The endoscope system produces bright images on which a lesion area can be easily identified in the endoscopic diagnosis using autofluorescence images.07-19-2012
20120184814ENDOSCOPE SYSTEM - An endoscope system according to the invention includes a display device including a first connector, plural apparatuses having different functions in which placing sections, on which the display device can be detachably set from a common direction, are respectively provided, and a second connector disposed in common in each of the placing sections and electrically connected to the first connector of the display device to form a pair in a state in which the display device is set on the placing sections.07-19-2012
20120184813ENDOSCOPE SYSTEM - An endoscope system is provided which generates autofluorescence images on which a lesion area can be easily identified in the endoscopic diagnosis using the autofluorescence images. G fluorescence signals and R fluorescence signals obtained by capturing autofluorescence from the living body irradiated with excitation light are used to process the autofluorescence images captured by irradiation with the excitation light.07-19-2012
20120184811ENDOSCOPIC IMAGE PICKUP DEVICE WITH MULTIPLE ILLUMINATION DIRECTIONS - An endoscopic image pickup device includes a tubing, an image pickup module consisting of a lens and an image sensor and installed in one end of the tubing, a first light source installed in the same end of the tubing relative to the image pickup module and having an illumination range directly intersected with the image pickup range of the image pickup module, a second light source installed in the tubing and having an illumination range deviated from the illumination range of the first light source a predetermined angle and intersected with the illumination range of the first light source directly or indirectly, and a light source control means adapted for controlling on and/or off of said first light source and/or said second light source. Subject to the design that the illumination direction of the second light source is deviated from that of the first light source, the invention provides an extra illumination range, enhancing image clarity.07-19-2012
20090043157IMAGE DISPLAY APPARATUS - An image display apparatus includes a display unit that displays images contained in a plurality of image groups inside a subject picked up by a plurality of imaging devices, and a control unit that extracts a related image related to a currently displayed image currently displayed in the display unit from the plurality of image groups to make the display unit display the related image extracted.02-12-2009
20090043156MEDICAL APPARATUS OBTAINING INFORMATION INDICATIVE OF INTERNAL STATE OF AN OBJECT BASED ON INTERACTION BETWEEN ULTRASOUND WAVES AND LIGHT - A biological observation system is provided, which is mounted in en endoscope so as to acquire information indicating the internal state of a body tissue of an object using the interaction between ultrasound waves and light. The endoscope is equipped with an ultrasound generating member, a light transmitting/receiving member, and a moving member. The ultrasound generating member generates ultrasound waves toward a region to be examined of an object. The light transmitting/receiving member radiates light from a light source toward the region to be examined and receives light reflected by a region of the ultrasound waves within the region to be examined. The moving member spatially moves both the ultrasound generating member and the light transmitting/receiving member together as a unitary member.02-12-2009
20100137682ENDOSCOPE - There is provided an endoscope capable of observing cells at a desired position existing in the depth direction with a simple structure as compared to the conventional configuration. The endoscope includes an insert unit to be inserted into a biological body, a low-scaling observation system for observing an observation position in a biological body with a low scaling, and a high-scaling observation system for observing a target position of the aforementioned observation position as a local position with a high scaling. The high-scaling observation system includes a plurality of illumination units for applying illumination light for high-scaling observation of the target position. The illumination units are arranged at predetermined positions of the end face of the insert unit.06-03-2010
20090326321Miniaturized Imaging Device Including Multiple GRIN Lenses Optically Coupled to Multiple SSIDs - A miniaturized imaging device and method of viewing small luminal cavities are described. The imaging device can be used as part of a catheter, and can include at least one solid state imaging device (SSID) including multiple imaging arrays respectively, and multiple graduated refractive index (GRIN) lenses optically coupled to the multiple imaging arrays.12-31-2009
20100130820RECEIVING DEVICE - A receiving device includes a receiving unit that receives, via a receiving antenna, an image signal including an in-vivo image of a subject that is captured by an in-vivo-image acquiring device introduced into the subject; a transmitting unit that wirelessly transmits the image signal to a real-time display device that displays the in-vivo image in real time; a detecting unit that detects a non-receiving period in which the receiving unit does not receive the image signal; and a control unit that performs a control to wirelessly transmit the image signal to the real-time display device during the non-receiving period immediately after receipt of the image signal by the receiving unit.05-27-2010
20100130819ENDOSCOPE APPARATUS AND ITS CONTROL METHOD - An imaging mode is automatically switched based on the kind of a subject. The spatial frequency of an endoscopic image obtained by imaging the subject is detected. Further, judgment is made, based on the distribution of the spatial frequency, as to whether the endoscopic image was obtained by performing close-up imaging on the subject. The condition of imaging is switched based on the result of judgment as to whether the image was obtained by close-up imaging or distant-view imaging.05-27-2010
20090192350WIRELESS VIDEO STYLET WITH DISPLAY MOUNTED TO LARYNGOSCOPE BLADE AND METHOD FOR USING THE SAME - A scope adapted for insertion and manipulation in a difficult pathway is disclosed. The scope comprises at least one module for manipulating the scope. The scope may further comprise an illumination source, an image sensor, a power source, and a viewing member for viewing images of a cavity or other anatomical member of a patient. In one embodiment the scope is intended to facilitate insertion of an intubating device, which comprises an elongated semi-rigid stylet including first and second ends and at least one inner lumen connected to a module. Additionally, a flexible tip is provided for manipulating one end of the scope and allowing greater flexibility when maneuvering a difficult pathway. A method for navigating a difficult pathway and for using the apparatus described herein is also disclosed.07-30-2009
20120220826ENDOSCOPE APPARATUS - In an endoscope apparatus in which an imaging element and a circuit board to which the imaging element is connected are provided inside a distal end of an insertion part, disconnection between the circuit board and a signal wiring line is prevented. In an endoscope apparatus including an insertion part to be inserted into the body, an imaging element, a circuit board electrically connected to the imaging element and arranged parallel to the longitudinal direction of the insertion part, and a signal wiring line electrically connected to the circuit board and extending in the longitudinal direction are provided within the insertion part, and a connecting portion between the circuit board and the signal wiring line is provided with a easing member that eases a force applied to the connecting portion.08-30-2012
20130072754RIGID ENDOSCOPE - A rigid endoscope includes a first insertion section extending along longitudinal directions, a first needle defining an outer edge of a first opening, and a first functional section provided in a vicinity of the first opening of a first lumen, and configured to perform some part of functions. The rigid endoscope includes a second insertion section extending along the longitudinal directions, and located apart from the first insertion section in directions perpendicular to the longitudinal directions, a second needle defining an outer edge of a second opening, and a second functional section provided in a vicinity of the second opening of a second lumen, and configured to perform some part of the functions different from the functions performed by the first functional section.03-21-2013
20130072755NASAL AEROSOL DELIVERY SYSTEM - A nasal delivery device can include a nasal prong and an activation member. The nasal prong can comprises an opening at a top and bottom portion of the prong to allow for the passage of an aerosolized treatment agent through the nasal prong. The activation member can be positioned on the nasal delivery device at a location that is spaced apart from the subject's oral cavity when the nasal prong is received into the nostril of the subject. The activation member can be configured to detect a desired exhalation state of the subject and upon detection of the desired exhalation state, the activation member activates the delivery of the aerosolized treatment agent.03-21-2013
20130060085ENDOSCOPE CAPSULE FOR DETECTING THE THREE-DIMENSIONAL STRUCTURE OF THE INNER SURFACE OF A BODY CAVITY - In a method and a device to detect information about the three-dimensional structure of the inner surface of a body cavity (03-07-2013
20110015486ENDOSCOPE SYSTEM AND ENDOSCOPIC OPERATION TRAINING SYSTEM - An endoscope system or an endoscopic operation training system includes: projectors which project video light indicating a video taken by an endoscope device that allows at least a part thereof to be inserted into patient's body cavity; and a dome type screen having a shape of a projection surface that directs a concave surface toward an operator and assistants, in which the video light is projected onto the projection surface. In a case where an axis that passes through a center of an opening surface thereof and is perpendicular to the opening surface is defined as a first axis, a point where the first axis and the projection surface intersect each other is defined as a projection surface center, and an axis that connects the projection surface center and an edge portion of the projection surface to each other is defined as a second axis, and a tangential line of the edge portion of the projection surface is defined as a third axis, then an angle made by the first axis and the third axis is an angle at which it is possible to observe a whole of the video from the first viewpoint position, and an angle made by the first axis and the second axis is an axis at which it is possible to observe the projection surface center from the second viewpoint position.01-20-2011
20110015485Endoscopic Device and Image Processing Method Thereof - An endoscopic device and its image processing method include a casing, a sensing module for reflecting a light from a target object through a reflecting unit, capturing an optical image, and converting the optical image into an electric signal, a switching unit installed on a side of the casing, an image processing unit installed in the casing and electrically coupled to the switching unit, for encoding the electric signal into an image signal and a display unit installed on another side of the casing. If the switching unit is triggered, the switching unit outputs a switch signal, and the image processing unit mirrors the image signal according to the switch signal to obtain a mirrored image signal, and the display unit receives the mirrored image signal and outputs a mirrored image. If the switching unit is not triggered, the display unit receives the image signal and outputs an image.01-20-2011
20090281383APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR EXTERNAL FLUORESCENCE IMAGING OF INTERNAL REGIONS OF INTEREST IN A SMALL ANIMAL USING AN ENDOSCOPE FOR INTERNAL ILLUMINATION - An apparatus for capturing an optical molecular image of one or more internal regions of interest of a small animal having a cranio-caudal axis. The apparatus may include a support member for the animal in an immobilized state; an endoscope for insertion into and withdrawal from the body of the animal to allow the endoscope to be positioned selectively proximate the internal regions of interest within the body; a light source connected to the endoscope to provide illumination within the body at the regions of interest; a mechanism for rotating the animal about its cranio-caudal axis to enable image capture from different angles; and a device for capturing images of the one or more internal regions of interest from the different angles, due to light emitted from the one or more internal regions of interest through an external surface of the body in response to illumination from the light source. A corresponding method is disclosed.11-12-2009
20090270678AUGMENTED STEREOSCOPIC VISUALIZATION FOR A SURGICAL ROBOT USING TIME DUPLEXING - An endoscope with a stereoscopic optical channel is again held and positioned by a robotic surgical system. A capture unit captures (1) at a first time, a first image from light from the channel; and (2) at a second time different from the first time, a second image from the light. Only one of the first image and the second image includes a combination of a fluorescence image and a visible image. The other of the first image and the second image is a visible image. An intelligent image processing system generates an artificial fluorescence image using the captured fluorescence image. An augmented stereoscopic display system outputs an augmented stereoscopic image of at least a portion of the tissue comprising the artificial fluorescence image.10-29-2009
20120226102IMAGE OBTAINMENT METHOD AND APPARATUS - In an image-obtainment-apparatus that obtains an image of an observation-region by imaging, by an imaging-device, light output from the observation-region illuminated with illumination-light, when the light-amount of the illumination-light illuminated the observation-region is less than or equal to first-threshold-value, the electronic-shutter-speed is controlled at first-constant-speed, and the light-amount of the illumination-light is controlled based on the light-amount of the illumination-light illuminated the observation-region. When the light-amount of the illumination-light illuminated the observation-region is greater than first-threshold-value and less than or equal to second-threshold-value, the electronic-shutter-speed is controlled at a speed based on the light-amount of the illumination-light illuminated the observation-region, and the light-amount of the illumination-light is controlled at a predetermined constant light-amount. When the light-amount of the illumination-light illuminated the observation-region is greater than second-threshold-value, the electronic-shutter-speed is controlled at second-constant-speed, and the light-amount of the illumination-light is controlled based on the light-amount of the illumination-light illuminated the observation-region.09-06-2012
20090253956CAPSULE ENDOSCOPE AND INTRA-STOMACH OBSERVING METHOD - A capsule endoscope includes a capsule casing which contains therein contents including an imaging unit and is inserted into an inside of a subject body; and a hollow volume changing unit which is connected to the capsule casing in an air-tight state, and changes a connection position with the capsule casing to change a volume of the capsule casing. The capsule endoscope also includes an actuator which is connected to the capsule casing and changes the connection position.10-08-2009
20120116159LIGHTING DEVICE FOR ENDOSCOPE AND ENDOSCOPE DEVICE - A lighting device includes first and second light sources, a wavelength converting member and a light quantity ratio changing unit. A first light source uses a semiconductor light emitting device as an emission source. A second light source uses, as an emission source, a semiconductor light emitting device of a different emission wavelength from the first light source. A wavelength converting member is excited for light emission by light emitted from at least one of the first light source and the second light source. The light quantity ratio changing unit changing a light quantity ratio between the light emitted from the first light source and the light emitted from the second light source.05-10-2012
20120116158Wide Angle Flexible Endoscope - A flexible endoscope having a wide-angle lens that has an optical axis that is angularly offset from a longitudinal axis of the endoscope, such that the optical axis resides at an angle greater than zero degrees to the longitudinal axis. The wide-angle lens system simultaneously gathers an endoscopic image field at least spanning the longitudinal axis and an angle greater than ninety degrees to the longitudinal axis. The endoscope includes an imager comprising an imaging surface area that receives at least a portion of endoscopic image transmitted by the wide-angle lens system and produces output signals corresponding to the endoscopic image field and image forming circuitry that receives the output signal and produces an image signal. The wide-angle lens endoscope has a flexible distal end or tip.05-10-2012
20120116157ENDOSCOPIC APPARATUS - An endoscopic apparatus includes a semiconductor light source for generating illumination light and a light source control unit for generating driving pulses to drive and light the semiconductor light source. The light source control unit performs first, second and third pulse modulation controls in descending order of a target light quantity. In the first pulse modulation control, the number of the driving pulses is reduced so that a lighting time of the semiconductor light source is shortened to a predetermined lighting time for an exposure time of an electronic shutter within one frame. In the second pulse modulation control, the driving pulses are thinned at predetermined intervals so that pulse density is reduced in the lighting time. In the third pulse modulation control, pulse width of each of the driving pulses whose number is minimized in a region where the second pulse modulation control is performed is reduced.05-10-2012
20120116156METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR AUTOMATIC VERIFICATION OF ENDOTRACHEAL INTUBATION - A medical device includes a tube, at least one imaging sensor coupled to an endoscope in the tube, and a monitor application to monitor positioning of the tube in a medical patient by identifying expected anatomical features in images provided by the at least one sensor. A method for endotracheal intubation includes receiving imaging frames from a sensor located in an endotracheal tube inserted through a patient's mouth, and processing the imaging frames to identify a progression of anatomical features consistent with a proper placement of the endotracheal tube.05-10-2012
20120116155LIGHT-BASED, TRANSCUTANEOUS VIDEO SIGNAL TRANSMISSION - A surgical device is disclosed which includes an optical source for wirelessly transmitting a light based signal transcutaneously and a receiver for receiving the light based signals. The wireless coupling of signals between the optical source and the receiver wirelessly transmits video images from an internal site in a patient to a video monitor or other viewer outside the patient, and may wirelessly transmit control signals from a controller outside of the patient to an instrument inside the patient during a therapeutic or diagnostic surgical procedure.05-10-2012
20090012357In-Vivo Image Acquiring System and Body-Insertable Apparatus - A capsule endoscope 01-08-2009
20130165753IMAGE PROCESSING DEVICE, ENDOSCOPE APPARATUS, INFORMATION STORAGE DEVICE, AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD - An image processing device processes an image acquired by an imaging section that enables magnifying observation. The image processing device includes a motion information acquisition section that acquires motion information that indicates a relative motion of the imaging section with respect to an object, an imaging magnification calculation section that calculates an imaging magnification of the imaging section, and an image extraction section that extracts an image within a specific area from a captured image acquired by the imaging section as an extracted image. The image extraction section sets the position of the specific area within the captured image based on the motion information, and sets the size of a margin area based on the imaging magnification and the motion information, the margin area being an area except the specific area in the captured image.06-27-2013
20130165749ENDOSCOPE CAPABLE OF CAPTURING 3D IMAGE - An endoscope including a tube and a distal section is provided. The distal section, coupled to a distal end of the tube, includes a left wafer-level image sensor, disposed to capture at least one left image, and a right wafer-level image sensor, disposed to capture at least one right image. Wherein, the captured left image and right image are processed as a 3D image.06-27-2013
20130165750ENDOSCOPE CAPABLE OF CHANGING DIRECTION - The invention is directed to an endoscope having a distal section coupled to a distal end of a tube, and a wire disposed in the tube, wherein a distal end of the wire is fixed at a distal point of the tube. The endoscope also includes a handling section coupled to a proximal end of the tube. The wire slidingly passes through a sliding point that is situated between the distal point and the proximal end of the wire, such that the wire is constrained at the sliding point. A proximal end of the wire is capable of being pulled to bend the tube.06-27-2013
20130165751WATERPROOF ENDOSCOPE AND A METHOD OF MANUFACTURING THE SAME - The invention is directed to a waterproof endoscope having a wafer-level imaging module (WLM) bonded on a substrate. The endoscope also includes a holder, which has a groove formed into an inner surface of the holder. First glue is filled in the groove, and second glue is applied at a junction between the holder and the tube.06-27-2013
20130165752ENDOSCOPE INTEGRATED WITH A LIGHT SOURCE - The invention is directed to an endoscope having a wafer-level imaging module (WLM) and a light source bonded on a substrate. The endoscope also includes a holder, to which the substrate with the bonded WLM and the bonded light source is attached.06-27-2013
20100081874MEDICAL TREATMENT ENDOSCOPE - Provided is a medical treatment endoscope including: an endoscope main body which includes an elongated insertion portion having a lumen and an image capturing mechanism disposed in a distal end of the insertion portion; an arm which is able to be inserted into or extracted from the lumen and has a treatment tool lumen for allowing an endoscope treatment tool to be inserted therethrough; and a positioning mechanism which positions a part of the arm inserted through the lumen with respect to the endoscope main body.04-01-2010
20100081873SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR OPTICAL VIEWING AND THERAPEUTIC INTERVENTION IN BLOOD VESSELS - An angioscope comprises a tubular sheath and a central member. The central member carries a lateral reflector for receiving images circumscribing the central member. The tubular sheath includes a light source for axially illuminating a vascular region as it is being optically imaged using the lateral reflector of the central member. The central member can be axially translated through the field illuminated by the light source on the tubular sheath. The angioscope may be combined in a catheter a catheter capable of delivering a therapeutic intervention while viewing a delivery site within a body passageway.04-01-2010
20120238811CAPSULE-MEDICAL-DEVICE DEDICATED POWER SOURCE STARTER - A capsule-medical-device dedicated power source starter that allows switching, by an application of a magnetic field to a magnetic switch that is provided in an inside of a capsule medical device and has a particular sensitivity direction in the magnetic field, a driving of the capsule medical device from an OFF state to an ON state, includes: an insertion part that is formed in a central axis direction and to which the capsule medical device is inserted so that a longitudinal axis direction of the capsule medical device is along the central axis direction; and a magnetic circuit that generates magnetic force lines which are substantially symmetric about the central axis as an axis of symmetry in any planar surfaces including the central axis of the insertion part.09-20-2012
20120238810IMAGE DISPLAY APPARATUS AND CAPSULE ENDOSCOPE SYSTEM - An image display apparatus includes: a storage unit storing in-vivo image data and information associated with the in-vivo image data and related to a position of a capsule endoscope in a subject; an image processing unit performing image processing on the in-vivo image data stored in the storage unit; a display unit displaying an in-vivo image based on the in-vivo image data image-processed in the image processing unit; a position estimating unit estimating an intra-subject position in which an in-vivo image is captured, based on the position-related information; a control unit performing image processing in the image processing unit and position estimation processing in the position estimating unit in parallel; and a reporting unit reporting information indicating that a radiogram interpretation is possible, when image processing in the image processing unit for all the in-vivo image data is completed while processing in the position estimating unit is not completed.09-20-2012
20120238809IMAGE PROCESSING SYSTEM, EXTERNAL DEVICE, AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD - An image processing system includes an external device including an orientation specifying unit that specifies orientation of the body-insertable apparatus, a rotation correcting unit that aligns orientations of a plurality of pieces of image data, a screen generating unit that generates a screen displaying the image data, an average color bar generating unit that calculates an average color of the image data, generates an image of the calculated average color, and generates an average color bar in which images of the generated average colors are connected, and an organ image generating unit that generates an organ image, obtained by superimposing the images of the average colors generated by the average color bar generating unit. The screen generating unit generates the screen in which the average color bar generated by the average color bar generating unit is incorporated, and incorporates the organ image into the screen.09-20-2012
20120238808MEDICAL INSTRUMENT - A medical instrument includes a handle, on which at least one electric switch is arranged. The switch has an annular mechanical actuation unit whose outer side forms a grip surface running peripherally of the handle.09-20-2012
20120238807ENDOSCOPY SYSTEM - An endoscopy system includes a self-propelling endoscope attached with a self-propelling device, a drive source device for providing drive force to the self-propelling device, a controller connected to the drive source device and for controlling moving direction and speed of the self-propelling device, and a monitor for displaying a captured image. The drive source device transmits drive information such as forward movement, backward movement, stop, speed, load torque of the self-propelling device to a processing device. The processing device displays the drive information on the monitor with the captured image.09-20-2012
20080294002ENDOSCOPE APPARATUS AND ENDOSCOPE PROBE - An endoscope apparatus of the invention is provided with an endoscope insertion portion to be inserted into a body cavity and is capable of performing fluorescence observation. The endoscope apparatus includes: a transferring portion, which is provided to the endoscope insertion portion, for transferring information on an image of a region to be examined to a proximal end side of the endoscope insertion portion; a light deflecting portion for directing fluorescence entered from a side surface of a distal end portion of the endoscope insertion portion to one end side of the transferring portion; and an image forming optical system for image-forming fluorescence from the light deflecting portion at one end of the transferring portion.11-27-2008
20100094084CAPSULE ENDOSCOPE - A capsule endoscope includes a housing, a lens module, a light source, an imaging module, a memory, a radio frequency transmitter, a power source, and a chamber. The lens module is received in the housing. The light source is configured for illuminating an interior of a body. The imaging module is configured for capturing images of the interior of the body. The memory is configured for storing the captured images. The radio frequency transmitter is configured for wirelessly transmitting the stored images. The power source is electrically connected to the imaging module, the memory and the radio frequency transmitter. The chamber is received in the housing. The lens module and the housing are made of a biodegradable material, and the chamber, the light sources, the imaging module, the memory, the power source, and the radio frequency transmitter are made of a non-biodegradable material.04-15-2010
20100168516CAPSULE GUIDING SYSTEM AND CAPSULE GUIDING METHOD - A capsule guiding system includes a capsule medical device having an imaging device that takes an in-vivo image of a subject and a magnet with a magnetization direction that is relatively fixed with respect to the imaging device; a magnetic guiding device that applies a magnetic field to the magnet in the subject and guides the capsule medical device; a display unit that displays the in-vivo image of the subject; and a control unit that causes the magnetic guiding device to apply a magnetic field in a reference direction to the magnet, initializes a rotation angle of an image taken by the imaging device when the magnetization direction of the magnet is oriented to the reference direction following the magnetic field in the reference direction, performs, referring to the image, rotation correction on subsequent in-vivo images, and causes the display unit to sequentially display the corrected in-vivo images.07-01-2010
20130018224Capsule EndoscopeAANM Kim; SungwanAACI SeoulAACO KRAAGP Kim; Sungwan Seoul KRAANM Kim; YoudanAACI SeoulAACO KRAAGP Kim; Youdan Seoul KRAANM Lee; ChiwonAACI Gyeonggi-doAACO KRAAGP Lee; Chiwon Gyeonggi-do KR - Disclosed herein is a maneuverable capsule endoscope. A capsule body is input into an internal organ to take images of the inside of the internal organ. A fan unit is mounted on the body. A fan position-changing device changes a direction in which the fan unit discharges fluid. The fan unit is mounted inside a duct without damaging the inner wall of the internal organ. When input into the internal organ, the capsule endoscope can concentrically take images of a specific portion inside the internal organ, and can freely take images of a portion that is intended to be photographed.01-17-2013
20110282147CAPSULE ENDOSCOPE APPARATUS - A signal processing circuit of an external device includes a CPU and a memory which are not shown. A program for estimating at least one of the position and orientation of a capsule endoscope on the basis of strength signals received through respective antennas is installed in the signal processing circuit. A single-core coil to generate a magnetic field is arranged in the capsule endoscope. The generated magnetic field is detected by a plurality of coils arranged outside a body, whereby a distance that the capsule endoscope has traveled can be obtained with accuracy. This arrangement controls image-capture timing to reliably capture images necessary for a diagnosis and prevent unnecessary image capture.11-17-2011
20110282139Laser Video Endoscope - A laser video endoscope has a laser guide, an illumination guide and an image guide. These are fiber optical guides which extend through the optical probe and through a hand piece that supports the probe. The hand piece is connected by a first relatively long flexible optical fiber cable to a laser energy source and a source of illumination. By contrast, the image is transmitted from the hand piece to an image presentation site by a camera assembly that is mounted to a hand piece and a relatively long electrical cable. The camera and its electrical cable can be uncoupled from the hand piece and used in a plurality of endoscopic routines. The rest of the product, including the probe and the hand piece, can be disposed of after each medical routine thereby providing assurance of an antiseptic procedure.11-17-2011
20110282140METHOD AND SYSTEM OF HAND SEGMENTATION AND OVERLAY USING DEPTH DATA - In a minimally invasive surgical system, a plurality of video images is acquired. Each image includes a hand pose image. Depth data for the hand pose image is also acquired or synthesized. The hand pose image is segmented from the image using the depth data. The segmented image is combined with an acquired surgical site image using the depth data. The combined image is displayed to a person at a surgeon's console of the minimally invasive surgical system. Processing each of the video images in the plurality video images in this way reproduces the hand gesture overlaid on the video of the surgical site in the display.11-17-2011
20110282146CAPSULE ENDOSCOPE APPARATUS - A signal processing circuit of an external device includes a CPU and a memory which are not shown. A program for estimating at least one of the position and orientation of a capsule endoscope on the basis of strength signals received through respective antennas is installed in the signal processing circuit. A single-core coil to generate a magnetic field is arranged in the capsule endoscope. The generated magnetic field is detected by a plurality of coils arranged outside a body, whereby a distance that the capsule endoscope has traveled can be obtained with accuracy. This arrangement controls image-capture timing to reliably capture images necessary for a diagnosis and prevent unnecessary image capture.11-17-2011
20110282144DIAGNOSTIC CAPSULES, DELIVERY/RETRIEVAL SYSTEMS, KITS AND METHODS - Diagnostic capsules, a variety of diagnostic capsule delivery systems for delivering a diagnostic capsule into an animal or human body cavity (e.g., into an animal or human bladder through a urethra), a variety of diagnostic capsule retrieval systems, a variety of kits that include diagnostic capsule delivery and retrieval systems and diagnostic capsules, and methods of using the same are described herein.11-17-2011
20110282143FLUORESCENT ENDOSCOPE APPARATUS - A fluorescent endoscope apparatus according to the present invention comprises an excitation light irradiation means which irradiates excitation light to a living body, a wavelength selection and transmission means which selects and transmits light from the living body, a photo detector means by which the selected and transmitted light is photoelectrically converted, a wavelength selection control means which controls the wavelength selection and transmission means so that the wavelength selection and transmission means selects and transmits light in a plurality of fluorescence detection wavelength regions and light in spectrum acquisition wavelength regions in a predetermined wavelength range that includes at least one fluorescence detection wavelength region, a fluorescent image compounding means in the fluorescence detection wavelength regions, a display means for displaying the synthesized image, and an intensity distribution obtaining means which acquires the intensity distribution of light in the predetermined wavelength range.11-17-2011
20110282142Encapsulated Medical Imaging Device and Method - The present invention relates to an encapsulated medical imaging device and a method for imaging the gastrointestinal tract in patients using optical scanning technologies11-17-2011
20110282141METHOD AND SYSTEM OF SEE-THROUGH CONSOLE OVERLAY - In a minimally invasive surgical system, a plurality of video images is acquired. Each video image includes images of the surgeon's hand(s), and of a master manipulator. The images of the surgeon's hand(s) and the master manipulator are segmented from the video image. The segmented images are combined with an acquired surgical site image. The combined image is displayed to the person at the surgeon's console so that the console functions as a see-through console.11-17-2011
20080214891SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR BIOFILM REMOVAL, INCLUDING A BIOFILM REMOVAL ENDOSCOPE FOR USE THEREWITH - Systems and methods of removing bacterial biofilm from a target site using a biofilm removal endoscope. The endoscope has an insertion portion including an imaging channel terminating at a viewing window and an irrigation channel terminating at a nozzle. The imaging and irrigation channels are permanently affixed relative to one another. The insertion portion is inserted into the patient, with a working end thereof being disposed proximate the target site. The target site is imaged and a flow of fluid is dispensed via the nozzle to mechanically remove bacterial biofilm from the target site.09-04-2008
20100268025APPARATUS AND METHODS FOR CAPSULE ENDOSCOPY OF THE ESOPHAGUS - Apparatus and methods for capsule endoscopy are described for locating, positioning, steering, aiming and tracking of an endoscopy capsule within a patient's esophagus and stomach. The apparatus includes an endoscopy capsule with a magnetic element an external capsule positioning system including at least one magnet movable along a track for positioning the endoscopy capsule within a patient. Also described are apparatus and methods for performing endoscopic spectroscopy using different wavelengths of light and other imaging technologies to diagnose various disease conditions, such as premalignant or inflammatory changes and internal bleeding.10-21-2010
20100268026CAPSULE ENDOSCOPE SYSTEM - A capsule endoscope system includes a contact detector that detects contact with an inner wall of a lumen in the subject; a magnet which is equipped in the capsule endoscope; a magnetic field generating device that is provided at a position, which is fixed with respect to the magnet, and generates a guidance magnetic field to apply to the magnet from the outside of the subject; and a magnetic field generation controller that performs control for guidance in a direction in which the capsule endoscope moves, which is the direction of the axis of the lumen, and performs guidance control for separating the capsule endoscope from the inner wall of the lumen based on a result of detection by the contact detector.10-21-2010
20100191053Portable Endoscope For Diverse Medical Disciplines - Disclosed herein is a portable endoscope and kit for performing multiple medical procedures. The portable endoscope comprises a detachable operator control section assembly and one of multiple detachable and interchangeable flexible insertion shaft assemblies with a flexible distal end. The proximal end of a detachable and interchangeable flexible insertion shaft assembly is detachably connected to the detachable operator control section assembly. The detachable and interchangeable flexible insertion shaft assembly accommodates principal cable wires, proxy cable wires, an optical imaging system, and an illumination system. An internal cable wire control system integrated with the detachable operator control section assembly utilizes an adaptable drive transmission system for controlling the orientation and angular position of the flexible distal end using the principal cable wires or the proxy cable wires. The proxy cable wires may be engaged in an event of failure of the principal cable wires.07-29-2010
20090149706ENDOSCOPE APPARATUS AND SIGNAL PROCESSING METHOD THEREOF - A respective band signal conversion section of the present invention generates WLI-R, WL-G, and WLI-B for generating a normal observation light image and NBI-R, NBI-G, and NBI-B for generating a narrow-band light image from an RGB image signal obtained by irradiation with frame sequential light of a set of a rotary filter, and a synthesis circuit synthesizes frame sequential color signals of WLI-R, WLI-G, and WLI-B and frame sequential color signals of NBI-R, NBI-G, and NBI-B. Thus it is possible to simultaneously observe a same living tissue in real time in the normal light observation image and narrow-band light observation with a simple configuration.06-11-2009
20090292168WAVELENGTH MULTIPLEXING ENDOSCOPE - Various embodiments for providing solid state illumination in conjunction with wavelength multiplexing imaging schemes for mono and stereo endoscopy or borescopy are provided. In one embodiment, the current disclosure provides a device configured for insertion into a body cavity. The device can include a tubular portion having a proximal end and a distal end. The distal end of the tubular portion can be configured to be at least partially inserted into the body cavity. The device can also include a solid state electro-optic element located on the tubular portion. Furthermore, the device can include a power source electrically coupled to the solid state electro-optic element.11-26-2009
20110034768ENDOSCOPE HAVING OPTICAL FIBERS - An endoscope for imaging of an object in a body cavity by receiving image light on an image sensor is provided. In an elongated tube for entry in the body cavity, an objective lens system is incorporated for receiving the image light from the object. A fiber optic image guide includes plural bundled optical fibers and a distal tip, is inserted in the elongated tube, for transmitting the image light focused on the distal tip by the objective lens system. A piezoelectric actuator is positioned on the distal tip, for displacing the distal tip periodically. The image sensor detects the image light from the fiber optic image guide for plural times in synchronism with the displacement for forming a synthesized image. An anchoring device anchors the elongated tube partially on a wall of the body cavity, to stabilize the elongated tube relative to the image light.02-10-2011
20120289777MEDICAL SYSTEM PROVIDING DYNAMIC REGISTRATION OF A MODEL OF AN ANATOMICAL STRUCTURE FOR IMAGE-GUIDED SURGERY - A medical system provides navigation assistance to a surgeon so that the surgeon may navigate a flexible medical device through linked passages of an anatomical structure to a target in or adjacent to the anatomical structure. As the medical device moves through the linked passages, images are captured by an image capturing element at its distal end and pose and shape information for the medical device are received from sensors disposed in the medical device. A 4-D computer model of the anatomical structure is registered to the medical device using one or both of 4-D shape registration and virtual camera registration so that the captured image and a virtual image generated from the perspective of a virtual camera are registered to each other and displayed while providing an indication of a navigational path to the target.11-15-2012
20120108901MIRRORED ARTHROSCOPE - A surgical instrument includes an elongated tubular member defining a longitudinal axis and having a lumen extending therethrough. A light source is disposed within the elongated tubular member. The light source is configured to emit light from a distal end of the elongated tubular member. A mirror assembly is coupled to a distal end of the elongated tubular member. The mirror assembly is moveable between a retracted position and an extended position. In the retracted position, the mirror assembly is positioned adjacent an outer surface of the elongated tubular member. In the extended position, the mirror assembly extends distally from the elongated tubular member to re-direct light emitted by the light source.05-03-2012
20110288372ENDOSCOPE HAVING A CAMERA HOUSING AND METHOD FOR MAKING A CAMERA HOUSING - The current invention relates to an endoscope having a distal end being arranged to be inserted into a body cavity of a patient to be examined and a proximal end which is arranged to be held by the user of the endoscope. The endoscope further comprises a control handle arranged at the proximal end of the endoscope and an insertion portion arranged at the distal end of the control handle. The insertion portion comprises a camera housing arranged at the distal end of the insertion portion, said camera housing being a moulded component comprising an outer surface, a camera device embedded in the material of the camera housing, a light source embedded in the material of the camera housing, an opening at the distal end of the camera housing, and a channel in fluid communication with said opening and where the outer surface of the camera housing and the inner surface of the channel are two surfaces of the moulded camera housing. The endoscope further comprises a tube which provides fluid communication between the proximal end of the channel in the camera housing and a fluid inlet at the proximal end of the endoscope and where the distal end of said tube is arranged at a point between the distal and the proximal end of the camera housing and in that the inner surface of the tube at the distal end of the tube is arranged flush with the inner surface of the channel of the camera housing. The endoscope further comprises a bending portion arranged at the distal end of the insertion portion and at the proximal end of the camera housing and where the most distal portion of the bending portion is embedded in the material of the camera housing. A method for making a camera housing is also presented.11-24-2011
20120190923ENDOSCOPE - An endoscope measures the topography of a surface. The endoscope contains a projection unit and an imaging unit. The projection unit and the imaging unit are arranged successively in relation to an axis of the endoscope. The configuration of the projection unit and the imaging unit arranged axially behind one another on the axis permits a significantly smaller endoscope configuration.07-26-2012
20120190922ENDOSCOPE SYSTEM - An endoscope system is provided in which blood vessels (pits) are extracted from an image captured by an endoscope to perform pattern matching with vascular patterns (pit patterns) associated with the cancer invasion depth and operations such as enhanced display of blood vessels, suggestion of preferred imaging conditions and display for diagnosis support are performed based on the matching result. The endoscope system enables even a less-experienced doctor to correctly diagnose the cancer invasion depth.07-26-2012
20110295063MEDICAL SYSTEM AND CONTROL METHOD - A medical system includes a movable portion configured to allow an angle to be changed within a predetermined angular range, an actuator configured to drive the movable portion so as to change the angle of the movable portion when a wire is pulled, a control unit configured to perform drive control of the actuator, a slack detection unit configured to detect a driving condition as to whether or not the wire is slack, a slack adjustment unit configured to adjust slack of the wire based on a detection result produced by the slack detection unit; and a slack adjustment command input unit used to input a command to adjust the slack of the wire, wherein the slack adjustment unit adjusts the slack of the wire to a predetermined state of adjustment in response to the command to adjust the slack of the wire.12-01-2011
20110071353METHOD OF CONTROLLING ENDOSCOPE AND ENDOSCOPE - An endoscope 03-24-2011
20110201883Entry Guide for Multiple Instruments in a Single Port Surgical System - An access port for use in single port surgery includes a cannula to provide minimally invasive access to a surgical site and an instrument guide that fits closely within the cannula. The instrument guide includes guide channels that are open to the outside surface of the instrument guide. Each of the guide channels is configured to support a single surgical instrument at a defined position within the cannula. The guide channels may be smoothly enlarged at the end that receives surgical instruments. The access port may further include a seal that couples the instrument guide to the cannula such that the seal retains a pressurized insufflation fluid within the surgical site. The instrument guide may include one or more insufflation channels for introducing an insufflation fluid to the surgical site. The access port may include a flexible section. The surgical instruments may be controlled robotically by servo actuators.08-18-2011
20100249504In-vivo information acquiring system - An in-vivo observation system provided with a capsule endoscope including an in-vivo observation section, a battery, a magnetic field detection section, a power supply switch that controls a power supply and a power supply control section that causes the power supply switch to operate according to an internal signal from the magnetic field detection section, and a magnetic field generating apparatus including a magnetic field generating section, an operation section that outputs an operation signal according to an operation by a user and a masking section that masks an operation signal inputted to the magnetic field generating section for a predetermined period.09-30-2010
20100249503MEDICAL INSTRUMENT - By including a camera body introduced into a body, an image pickup section incorporated in the camera body for picking up an image of an object, a transparent cover member movably disposed at the camera body that always covers an image taking side of the image pickup section irrespective of a moving position, a moving section that causes the cover member to move and a cleaning section disposed outside an image pickup range of the image pickup section that performs cleaning by jetting a fluid over the opposed surface part of the cover member moved to outside the image pickup range of the image pickup section, it is possible to always obtain a clear observation image without interfering with observation even when removing fogging, deposits such as dirt.09-30-2010
20100249502MEDICAL INSTRUMENT - A medical instrument includes an image pickup section incorporated in a medical instrument body and movably provided in the medical instrument body that picks up an image of the object to be examined from an observation window, a covering section movably provided at the medical instrument body so as to cover the observation window and in which an opening portion is formed, a drive section that drives the covering section or the image pickup section, and a control section that controls the drive section so as to drive the covering section or the image pickup section by synchronizing a timing for the image pickup section to pick up the object image with a timing at which the opening portion and the observation window match, and can thereby prevent sticking of deposits to the observation window and obtain a clear observation image.09-30-2010
20100249501ENDOSCOPE APPARATUS - The endoscope apparatus comprises an endoscope which has an imaging element and a monitor which displays an image imaged by the imaging element. The endoscope is provided with an internal insertion portion which is movably arrangeable inside a body cavity, and an operation unit for changing the position of the internal insertion portion, which is arrangeable outside the body. The internal insertion portion and the operation unit are arranged on a common axis so as to interpose a body wall therebetween.09-30-2010
20100036199MEDICAL APPARATUS - A medical apparatus according to the present invention includes: an image pickup section including an observation window, the image pickup section being led into a body; a holding section that holds the image pickup section inside the body; a covering section that is connected to the holding section and covers the observation window to set the image pickup section in a non-photographable state; and a field-of-view control section that variably controls the covering of the observation window by the covering section and sets the image pickup section in a photographable state to allow the image pickup section to photograph a subject inside the body.02-11-2010
20090292166MEDICAL DEVICE - A medical device for examination or treatment based on a reference point A11-26-2009
20090287047ENDOSCOPE APPARATUS - To facilitate a connection operation between a signal processing device and an endoscope apparatus in which a processing system that performs signal processing of image pickup signals of an electronic endoscope and a processing system that calculates an insertion shape of the endoscope are integrated, a scope connector 11-19-2009
20090099416CAPSULE ENDOSCOPE - A capsule endoscope is disclosed that includes a capsule and a transparent cover having a central axis and that is located in front of an objective optical system within the capsule. The objective optical system has a depth of field, a field of view, and an image surface that has curvature of field, and is arranged on the central axis of the transparent cover and the capsule. The field of view of the objective optical system includes a spherical surface that is tangent to the transparent cover at a periphery of the field of view, and the near point of the depth of field on the optical axis of the objective optical system is positioned farther from the objective optical system than is the transparent cover. Various conditions are satisfied so as to provide high quality imaging.04-16-2009
20090275799AXIAL VISUALIZATION SYSTEMS - Axial visualization systems which utilize axially aligned imaging instruments for visualizing through an imaging hood purged of blood via a transparent fluid are described where an imaging element extending from a support shaft may be aligned within a working lumen defined through a deployment catheter. The imaging element may be positioned distal to the hood in its collapsed state and within the hood in its expanded state. The imaging element may be configured to seat itself securely within the catheter or to angle itself to adjust the viewing angle. Additionally, a disposable visualization sheath having a transparent lens may also be utilized to house an imaging instrument therein.11-05-2009
20110263936DEVICES AND METHODS FOR PREDICTING AND PREVENTING RESTENOSIS - The present invention relates to methods and devices for predicting restenosis, and for treating atherosclerosis to prevent or reduce the incidence of restenosis. Methods of predicting restenosis in a stenosed peripheral artery may include quantitative histology of the vessel. For example, a method of treating a stenosed artery (and particularly a peripheral artery) may include the steps of determining a level of hypercellularity and one or more of the lipid-richness and extent of inflammatory cell inclusion in the tissue. An index of restenosis based on the hypercellularity and lipid richness and/or extent of inflammatory cell inclusion in the tissue may be determined. Systems for treating or preventing restenosis may include one or more imaging modalities for imaging tissue regions and determining the level of hypercellularity and one or more of the degree of lipid-richness and the extent of inflammatory cell inclusion in the tissue region.10-27-2011
20100268027ENDOSCOPE INSERTION PORTION - An endoscope insertion portion includes an imaging unit including a distal end optical member arranged at a distal end portion of the imaging unit and a movable optical member configured to be moved relative to the distal end optical member, an actuator unit arranged in a position relative to the distal end optical member, configured to drive the movable optical member and including a shape memory member configured to deform according to temperature, and a heater unit including a heating member configured to heat the distal end optical member wherein the heater unit is arranged on one side opposite to other side on which the actuator unit is arranged and the heating member is configured to heat the distal end optical member from the one side to the other side, relative to the optical axis of the imaging unit, when viewing in the axial direction of the insertion portion.10-21-2010
20090149705IMAGING-DEVICE DRIVING UNIT, ELECTRONIC ENDOSCOPE, AND ENDOSCOPE SYSTEM - An imaging-device driving unit comprising a detector and an exposure controller is provided. The imaging-device driving unit controls a CMOS imaging device amounted in an endoscope. The detector detects the pattern of emitted illumination light. The illumination light is emitted by a light source. The illumination light is shone on a subject. The CMOS imaging device is ordered to capture an optical image of the subject. The exposure controller orders the CMOS imaging device to perform the global exposure and the line exposure when the patterns of emitted illumination light detected by the detector are the first and second patterns, respectively.06-11-2009
20090149704IN-VIVO INFORMATION ACQUIRING SYSTEM AND BODY-INSERTABLE APPARATUS - A body-insertable apparatus includes an imaging unit that captures an in-vivo image of a subject; a signal processing unit that writes the in-vivo image in a memory, reads the in-vivo image from the memory on a pixel basis and converts the in-vivo image to serial information to transfer the serial information; and a rate converter that converts a transfer processing rate to a rate higher than a writing processing rate. The transfer processing rate is at which the signal processing unit reads the in-vivo image from the memory and converts the in-vivo image to the serial information to transfer the serial information. The writing processing rate is at which the signal processing unit writes the in-vivo image in the memory. The apparatus also includes a transmitting unit that wirelessly transmits the serial information transferred from the signal processing unit at a transmission rate corresponding to the transfer processing rate.06-11-2009
20100210903CAPSULE MEDICAL DEVICE AND CAPSULE MEDICAL SYSTEM - Radiation is captured without fail, and a sharp image of a region where radiation is generated is acquired. A capsule medical device (08-19-2010
20080262298IN-VIVO IMAGE DISPLAY APPARATUS AND RECEIVING SYSTEM - A viewer includes a display unit. The display unit has a first display area for displaying an in-vivo image obtained by a first capsule endoscope received from a first receiver, and second display areas for displaying in-vivo images obtained by second capsule endoscopes received from second receivers. The viewer displays the in-vivo images in the first and second display areas, respectively.10-23-2008
20130217965Endoscope Apparatus - An endoscope apparatus includes an objective optical system mounted at a distal end portion of an endoscope, which is inserted into a tube cavity, and configured to form an image of an object, the objective optical system including a focusing lens movable in an optical axis direction, a solid-state image pickup device for color image pickup configured to pick up the image formed by the objective optical system, a color separation filter being arranged for each pixel in the solid-state image pickup device, a focus adjusting mechanism configured to move the focusing lens and automatically adjust the objective optical system to a focus position in a focused state, a moving range switching section configured to perform switching of a moving range of the focusing lens, a moving range limiting section configured to limit the moving range in association with the switching by the moving range switching section, and the like.08-22-2013
20110152612SELECTIVELY POSITIONABLE CAMERA FOR SURGICAL GUIDE TUBE ASSEMBLY - A selectively positionable camera assembly for use in connection with a guide tube assembly that has a guide tube handle portion and at least one guide tube protruding therefrom. In various embodiments, the camera includes an elongated flexible camera portion that is sized to operably extend through at least one of the guide tubes of the guide tube assembly. A camera handle is operably coupled to the elongated flexible camera portion such that the handle is movably supported by at least a portion of the guide tube handle portion. At least one retainer is provided on the guide tube handle and/or the camera handle for releasably retaining the camera handle in any one of a plurality of orientations relative to the portion of the guide tube handle.06-23-2011
20090093676SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR DISPLAYING AN IMAGE STREAM - A system and method may allow displaying a plurality of image streams, where the image streams may be divided, for example into a number of selected subset couplet images which follow predetermined criteria. According to some embodiments, each couplet may be displayed simultaneously or substantially simultaneously. A workstation may accept the images acquired by, for example a capsule and may display the images on a monitor as a moving image.04-09-2009
20120277528MOTHER-BABY ENDOSCOPE SYSTEM CONSISTING OF HARD MOTHER- HYSTEROSCOPE AND FLEXIBLE BABY-FALLOPOSCOPE - The present invention relates to a medical apparatus, in particular, a mother-baby endoscope system consisting of hard mother-hysteroscope and flexible baby-falloposcope which comprises a hard mother-hysteroscope system and a flexible baby-falloposcope system. The hard mother-hysteroscope system comprises a hard hysteroscope and a sheathing canal of the hysteroscope. The flexible baby-falloposcope system is a flexible falloposcope which comprises a flexible front end and a liquid channel. At least one instrument channel is provided in the endoscope body of the hard hysteroscope such that the flexible front end of the flexible falloposcope can be place thereinto. The mother-baby endoscope system not only can be used to treat the lesions in uterine cavity, but also observe the lesions in oviduct, thereby it extends the using scope of hysteroscope in gynecological surgery and improves the accuracy of examination and treatment.11-01-2012
20100324366ENDOSCOPE SYSTEM, ENDOSCOPE, AND METHOD FOR MEASURING DISTANCE AND ILLUMINATION ANGLE - An endoscope has a first light guide for transmitting measurement light from a light source, a second light guide for transmitting IR light from an IR light source, and a CCD for capturing a projected shape of the measurement light. An image processing circuit extracts the projected shape from an image obtained from the CCD, and calculates the size of the extracted projected shape to calculate a distance between an end surface of the endoscope and an object of interest and an illumination angle of the IR light on a surface of the object of interest. A CPU controls the operation of the IR light source in accordance with the calculated distance and the illumination angle.12-23-2010
20120108900MOUNTABLE CAMERA FOR LAPAROSCOPIC SURGERY - A laparoscopic surgical system comprising a camera and a base supporting the camera, and a camera insertion tool for inserting the camera into the body cavity. The camera is mountable to a surgical instrument inside the body cavity and releasable from the insertion tool after mounting to the surgical instrument.05-03-2012
20100099948IN-VIVO INFORMATION DISPLAY DEVICE, IN-VIVO INFORMATION DISPLAY SYSTEM, AND IN-VIVO INFORMATION DISPLAY METHOD - An in-vivo information display device includes a communication unit that communicates with a receiving device that receives in-vivo information transmitted, at a predetermined time interval, from a body-insertable device that is introduced into a subject and acquires the in-vivo information regarding an inside of the subject; a transmission requesting unit that transmits a transmission request for the in-vivo information to the receiving device via the communication unit; and a display unit that displays the in-vivo information received via the communication unit from the receiving device in response to the transmission request. The transmission requesting unit transmits the transmission request to the receiving device at a first time interval smaller than the predetermined time interval, and the transmission requesting unit transmits the transmission request to the receiving device at a second time interval larger than the first time interval when one or more the in-vivo information is received.04-22-2010
20100125167SCANNING ENDOSCOPE, SCANNING ENDOSCOPE PROCESSOR, AND SCANNING ENDOSCOPE APPARATUS - A scanning endoscope, comprising a first transmitter, an actuator, and a mirror, is provided. The first transmitter emits a beam of radiant light from an emission end. The actuator moves the emission end in a direction perpendicular to an emission direction. The mirror is arranged from the emission end in the emission direction when the emission end is on a predetermined standard point. The mirror comprises a reflection surface around a first straight line. The distance between a first position on the first straight line to any second position on the reflection surface increases as the first position is moved in the first direction. The reflection surface reflects the radiant light emitted from the first transmitter toward the observation area around the first straight line.05-20-2010
20090270679WIRELESSLY POWERED MEDICAL DEVICES AND INSTRUMENTS - A medical device that is wirelessly powered by a resonant magnetic field, the device automatically coupling to a power transmitter in a control unit when brought within a threshold radius. In one embodiment, the control unit automatically identifies the medical device and automatically adjusts its settings to control the medical device.10-29-2009
20090259096BODY-CAVITY IMAGE OBESERVATION APPARATUS - An object of the present invention is to enable clearly identifying whether a body-cavity image displayed on a display unit is based on data which is directly received by a viewer itself, or whether the body-cavity image displayed on the display unit is based on data received by another receiving device. An identification notifying unit presents different identification modes such as a capsule mark and a cable mark 10-15-2009
20090005640METHOD AND DEVICE FOR GENERATING A COMPLETE IMAGE OF AN INNER SURFACE OF A BODY CAVITY FROM MULTIPLE INDIVIDUAL ENDOSCOPIC IMAGES - In a method and a device for generation of a complete image composed from a number of individual endoscopic images of the inner surface of a body cavity of a patient, the alignment of an optical axis of an endoscope introduced into the body cavity is controlled by evaluation and comparison of the individual images acquired from different directions.01-01-2009
20090124853Capsule Blood Detection System and Method - A capsule for determining the blood content of living tissue in vivo in a patient to detect tumors. The capsule includes a light source and a light detector for directing light onto the tissue and for receiving interacted light therefrom. By analyzing the interacted lights a determination can be made of the blood content of that tissue. There are various ways of positioning the capsule so that it contacts the tissue in the desired orientation of the light source and light detector. There is also a system for determining the actual contact between the capsule and the tissue. A calibration system is also used that allows a self calibration that can be carried out easily and accurately just prior to the use of the capsule.05-14-2009
20080312500ENDOSCOPE SYSTEM - An endoscope system includes a camera for picking up an image inside a body cavity, a camera side magnet connected to the camera and a fixing magnet, for fixing the camera inside the body cavity by holding an abdominal wall from different surfaces of the abdominal wall, and a second CCU for controlling the camera.12-18-2008
20090043155BODY-INSERTABLE APPARATUS, IN-VIVO INFORMATION ACQUIRING SYSTEM, AND BODY-INSERTABLE APPARATUS MANUFACTURING METHOD - An object of the present invention is to make it possible to closely examine a specific region by making most use of an advantage of a compound-eye capsule endoscope that picks up images of an interior of a body cavity forward and backward in a movement direction of a capsule casing. By disposing imaging devices (02-12-2009
20090281382CAPSULE MEDICAL APPARATUS - A capsule medical apparatus is a capsule medical apparatus which floats on a liquid surface of liquid introduced into a subject and includes at least one in-vivo information obtaining unit, a transmitting unit, and a capsule-type casing. The at least one in-vivo information obtaining unit obtains the in-vivo information of the subject. The transmitting unit wirelessly transmits an electric wave including the in-vivo information obtained by the at least one in-vivo information obtaining unit to outside through the transmitting antenna. The capsule-type casing has the at least one in-vivo information obtaining unit, the transmitting antenna, and the transmitting unit, fixedly arranged therein. The transmitting antenna is arranged on a liquid surface position of the liquid when a part of the capsule-type casing floats on the liquid surface of the liquid.11-12-2009
20090281381ANTENNA FOR CAPSULE TYPE MEDICAL DEVICE AND CAPSULE TYPE MEDICAL DEVICE - An antenna to be embedded in a capsule type medical device. The antenna includes an antenna conductor, and a sheet-like antenna substrate which at least partly electrically contacts with the antenna conductor. The antenna is formed by closely attaching the antenna conductor and the sheet-like antenna substrate.11-12-2009
20090281380System and method for assembling a swallowable sensing device - A system and method of assembling a swallowable sensor, including attaching a first piece of a shell of the sensor to a second piece of the shell of the sensor, where the attaching may include for example screwing the first piece to the second piece, welding or gluing the first piece to the second piece, snapping the first piece to the second piece or for example applying laser energy to a pigment in the first piece.11-12-2009
20090287048Method and apparatus for imaging within a living body - A method and apparatus for imaging within a living body is described. The method includes directing a micro-guidewire along a primary path of the living body, the micro-guidewire having an imaging device including a SSID with an imaging array and a GRIN lens optically coupled to the imaging array. A secondary path can be identified, laterally branching from the primary path, the secondary path being of much smaller dimensions than the primary path. The distal end of the micro-guidewire can be turned and advanced into the secondary path by applied pressure at a proximal end of the micro-guidewire.11-19-2009
20090299137ABDOMINAL OBSERVATION DEVICE - A medical imaging device enables observation within the abdominal and pelvic cavity at a wide field of view and enables medical procedures to be carried out within the wide field of view. The medical imaging device includes a central assembly and a sterile disposable cover, which is slipped over the central assembly. The central assembly has a proximal portion, which remains outside of the abdominal cavity of the patient, and a distal portion, which is inserted into the abdominal cavity through a slit made in the abdominal wall by the surgeon. A first plurality of light emitting diodes is circumferentially distributed around the outer surface of the central assembly near the top of the distal portion and a reversibly inflatable balloon is circumferentially attached to the cover at the location of the first plurality of diodes. When the balloon is inflated and the first array of light emitting diodes is activated to produce light, then the light enters the interior of the balloon, is repeatedly reflected from the inner walls of the balloon until it eventually passes through the wall of the balloon at random angles thereby illuminating the entire interior of the abdominal and pelvic cavities. Also, a system includes the medical imaging device, an observation unit comprising a controller, a processor, and display; and a communicator between the medical imaging device and the observation unit.12-03-2009
20090299138IMAGING APPARATUS AND IN-VIVO IMAGE OBTAINING APPARATUS - An imaging apparatus includes a noise reduction circuit which eliminates a random noise generated in an analogue signal processing by equalizing, via an averaging processing, image data of correlated multiple images within one frame period which is captured by an image sensor and to which the analogue signal processing is performed in an AFE block, and the imaging apparatus in itself deals with the image data of the correlated multiple images within the one frame period and outputs the data to a wireless module after eliminating the random noise generated in the analogue signal processing.12-03-2009
20110201885ENVIRONMENT PROPERTY ESTIMATON AND GRAPHICAL DISPLAY - A surgical robot including an imaging system comprising at least one camera, a processor in communication with the imaging system, a manipulation system in communication with the processor, and a visual display in communication with the processor. The processor is operable to calculate a stiffness estimate for an area of an environment based on an environment model of tool-environment interaction data, create a composite image comprising a stiffness map of the stiffness estimate overlaid on an environment image from the at least one camera, and output the composite image on the visual display.08-18-2011
20110201882Endotracheal tube exchanger and detachable stylet assembly therefor - An endotracheal tube exchanger with a detachable stylet, comprising a support housing and a detachable stylet assembly removably interconnected with the support housing. The stylet assembly includes an elongated stylet tube having a distal end and a proximal end, the distal end having provided therein a camera and at least one LED, and the proximal end terminating in an end cap electrically connected with the camera and at least one LED. The end cap receivable in the support housing and adapted for electrical interconnection therewith.08-18-2011
20120296162Method for Positioning a Disposable Sterile Endotracheal Tube, and Corresponding System for Intubation - The system for intubation comprises: 11-22-2012
20120296163INTEGRATED VISUALIZATION APPARATUS, SYSTEMS AND METHODS THEREOF - Surgical visualization devices are provided which include a fixation device having at least one camera coupled to the fixation device wherein the camera includes at least one lens that is directed outwardly from the upper surface of the fixation device such that when the fixation device is inserted in tissue the at least one lens is oriented away from the tissue for capturing images of the anatomical site. Systems and methods utilizing the surgical visualization apparatus are also provided.11-22-2012
20120296164MONITOR APPARATUS FOR LAPAROSCOPIC SURGERY AND DISPLAYING METHOD THEREOF - A monitor apparatus for a laparoscopic surgery rotates images captured by a laparoscope as an endoscope and displayed on monitors for the laparoscopic surgery clockwise or counterclockwise according to commands for rotating the images by surgeons who use image rotation manipulation parts such that the images of surgical devices displayed on the monitors are arranged in the direction where the surgeons can actually manipulate the laparoscopic surgical devices most conveniently.11-22-2012
20080242927COOLING APPARATUS FOR ENDOSCOPE AND ENDOSCOPE SYSTEM - The endoscope cooling device is to cool an insertion portion having an observation portion at the distal end. The device is provided with an inner sheath into which the distal end portion of the insertion portion including the observation portion is inserted to form a first flow path of a cooling fluid between the outer circumferential face of the insertion portion and the inner circumferential face of the inner sheath, an outer sheath into which the inner sheath is inserted to form a second flow path of the cooling fluid between the outer circumferential face of the inner sheath and the inner circumferential face of the outer sheath, a regulating means for regulating the distal end portion in moving at least either through the inner sheath or the outer sheath, and a fluid supply means for supplying the cooling fluid to the first flow path and the second flow path.10-02-2008
20080242926CAPSULE ENDOSCOPE, CAPSULE ENDOSCOPIC SYSTEM, AND ENDOSCOPE CONTROL METHOOD - A capsule endoscope system includes a capsule endoscope and a receiver. The capsule endoscope has plural image pickup units for endoscopic imaging by passing a gastrointestinal tract in a body. The receiver for wireless communication with the capsule endoscope receives and stores image data from the capsule endoscope. The receiver includes a data analyzer for retrieving position relationship data expressing a position relationship of the image pickup units to a target region in the gastrointestinal tract. A CPU of the receiver produces a command signal according to the position relationship data for determining a number of frames of imaging per unit time for respectively the plural image pickup units. The capsule endoscope includes a CPU for controlling operation of the plural image pickup units according to the command signal from the receiver.10-02-2008
20080275298Dual View Endoscope - The present invention relates to endoscope system having means to provide simultaneous forward and rear views of a hollow organ. It comprises of first image assembly comprising of forward image lens and forward illumination source disposed at distal end of the endoscope and; second image assembly comprising of rear image lens and rear illumination source disposed on rear view module operatively engaged with the endoscope. Upon deployment of rear view module, rear image lens and rear illumination source face backwards with respect to the endoscope; and in some embodiments of the invention; face towards forward image lens and illumination source disposed at the distal end of the endoscope. According one aspect of the invention, means is provided to prevent interference between the forward image lens of the endoscope and rear illumination source of the rear view module; and between rear image lens of the rear view module and forward illumination source of the endoscope.11-06-2008
20100137684ENDOSCOPE SYSTEM WITH SCANNING FUNCTION - An endoscope system has an optical fiber configured to transmit illumination light emitted from a light source to the tip portion of a scope; a scanner configured to spirally scan a target area with illumination light by vibrating the tip portion of said optical fiber; and an image generator configured to generate image data from image-pixel signals obtained from the light reflected from the target area. Then, the scanner scans the illumination light in a circular motion midway through a spiral scanning procedure.06-03-2010
20090118581METHOD FOR ACTIVATING AN IMAGE COLLECTING PROCESS - A method and system may activate an in-vivo capsule to perform image collection while the capsule is outside a body and held in a cup, the cup having a mark on its inner wall. A processor may attempt to identify the mark, and terminate the image collection if the mark is not identified05-07-2009
20090118578ENDOSCOPE APPARATUS AND IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS - A normal light CCD 05-07-2009
20120296165CAPSULE MEDICAL APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING THE SAME - A capsule medical apparatus includes: a casing having a capsule shape; first and second boards in at least one of which an imaging element is provided and which are connected by a flexible board; a first board retaining member that retains the first board; a second board retaining member that retains the second board; and a battery arranged between the first and the second board retaining members. The first and the second board retaining members and the battery are housed in an inside of the casing in a state where the battery is put between the first and the second board retaining members which retain the first and the second boards, respectively. A groove part in which the flexible board is arranged is formed on an inner wall of the casing.11-22-2012
20120035418IMAGING SENSOR WITH THERMAL PAD FOR USE IN A SURGICAL APPLICATION - A system, apparatus and methods for providing a single use imaging device having thermal and electrical safeguards for sterile environments is disclosed and described. A single use high definition camera used for general purpose surgical procedures including, but not limited to: arthroscopic, laparoscopic, gynecologic, and urologic procedures, may comprise an imaging device that is a sterile and designed to ensure single use. The imaging device may further include a thermal pad that is thermally conductive, but relatively electrically insulating.02-09-2012
20110009695BENDING SECTION FOR ENDOSCOPE - A bending device for an endoscope having a camera mounted on one end for photographing the inside of a human body, a machine, a pipe and the like is provided. For flexible bending with the smallest external diameter and the largest extended internal diameter, a plurality of bending plates each having an internal hole (01-13-2011
20120296166INTRADURAL ENDOSCOPE - A method for treating a patient includes inserting an endoscope into an intradural space of the patient via an interspace of a vertebral column of the patient; steering the endoscope along the intradural space to a location; and performing a medical procedure at the location using a working lumen of the endoscope.11-22-2012
20100137683CAPSULE-TYPE ENDOSCOPE HAVING SENSOR AND COMMUNICATION METHOD THEREOF - Disclosed is a capsule-type endoscope, including: a lens for obtaining an image inside the body, one or more sensors for obtaining information related to the inside of the body, a controller for interleaving the information detected by the one or more sensors with the image captured by the lens and encoding the image interleaved with the sensor data for signal output, and a transmitter for transmitting a signal from the controller.06-03-2010
20090030275Imaging System - A monoscopic imaging system, for example a minimally invasive surgery imaging system, is provided which includes an image capture device for capturing images of a monoscopic, for example endoscopic, field of view, an auxiliary light source operable such that an object within the field of view casts a shadow, an image processor operatively connected to the image capture device and operable to detect shadow pixels in the images corresponding to the shadow and to enhance the shadow in the images. The system is of particular, although not exclusive, application to laparoscopic surgery.01-29-2009
20100274083HUMAN BODY COMMUNICATION SYSTEM AND METHOD - There is provided a human body communication system including: a wireless capsule injected into the body to acquire image information of the interior of the body and transmitting a signal with respect to the acquired information to the outside of the body from the inside of the body by using an electrode; and a portable data recorder performing, from the outside of the body, RF communication with the wireless capsule by the medium of the body, receiving the signal transmitted from the wireless capsule through an electrode in contact with the human body, processing the received signal into RF data, and storing the RF data.10-28-2010
20090177032METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR MAGNETICALLY CONTROLLING ENDOSCOPES IN BODY LUMENS AND CAVITIES - A magnetically navigable endoscope system includes an endoscope having a proximal end and a distal end, the distal end having a magnetic body; a component which transmits an image, associated with the distal end; a display component for displaying the image; a magnetic field generating apparatus for generating a magnetic field to orient the magnetic body and thus the distal end of the endoscope; and a controller coordinated with the display for controlling the magnetic field generating apparatus to selectively change the magnetic field to change the orientation of the magnetic body and thus the distal end of the endoscope.07-09-2009
20090187071CAPSULE ENDOSCOPE SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR IMPLEMENTING TIME SHIFT FUNCTION THEREIN - A capsule endoscope system and related method for capturing an image of the inside of a human body using a capsule endoscope and storing or displaying the captured image in real time to implement a time shift function. The endoscopy capsule captures an image of an inside of a human body. The captured image is transmitted to an image processing unit and is displayed in real time. The image is stored in a storage unit within a predetermined storage range for the time shift function. When the time shift function is requested by a user, a progress bar is displayed, showing a progress state of the storage of the transmitted image in real time by means of an indicator. When the user moves the indicator to a past time using a user interface, a time-shifted image is displayed on the display beginning with the past time.07-23-2009
20090005641IMAGING METHOD FOR MEDICAL DIAGNOSTICS AND DEVICE OPERATING ACCORDING TO THIS METHOD - In an imaging method for medical diagnostics and a device operating according to this method, during an endoscopic examination of a body region of a patient with an endoscope, an image is generated with a non-endoscopic imaging method and the image field of the endoscope is determined and rendered in the image (01-01-2009
20090177033CAPSULE CAMERA WITH VARIABLE ILLUMINATION OF THE SURROUNDING TISSUE - The application relates to an ingestible capsule and method for in vivo imaging and/or treatment of one or more diseased areas of interest within the gastrointestinal tract of an animal or human being. The capsule comprises an image sensor; a lens system for focusing images onto the image sensor; at least one light source for illumination of the tissue area of interest, the at least one light source optionally being capable of providing optical therapeutic treatment to the diseased areas; a variable lens system located in front of the at least one light source, wherein the variable lens system comprises beam steering means and focusing means for directing and focusing the light beams from the at least one light source onto the diseased tissue areas, a control unit in communication with the image sensor, the at least one light source, and variable lens system, a power source for powering the image sensor, the at least one light source and the control unit; and a non-digestible, transparent outer protective shell configured to pass through the gastrointestinal tract, housing within the image sensor, the lens system, the at least one light source, the variable lens system, the control unit and the power source.07-09-2009
20110144431SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING USE OF CAPSULE ENDOSCOPES - In a method or system for limiting use of capsule endoscopes by a capsule endoscope maagnetic steering system used by a customer, the capsule endoscope is provided with a use code stored with the capsule. The use code is read and analyzed to determine whether or not the customer's capsule endoscope magnetic steering system will be enabled or disabled for use with the capsule endoscope from which the use code was read.06-16-2011
20110144432DEVICE AND METHOD FOR COMPUTER SIMULATED MARKING TARGETING BIOPSY - A device for Computer Simulated Marking Targeting Biopsy (CSMTB) has at least a space locator, and a main control module, including a surface model sub-module, a positioning sub-module, a tracking sub-module, a virtual endoscope sub-module, and a marking targeting biopsy sub-module. The device accurately detects minimal gastric lesions, and reduces pain to patients and thus decreases the workload of a doctor.06-16-2011
20090187072ENDOSCOPE AND SYSTEM AND METHOD OF OPERATION THEREOF - An endoscope including a rigid section having opposed first and second ends and an opening situated between the first and second ends, the rigid section defining a longitudinal axis; a handle portion coupled to a first end of the rigid section and having first and second scissor-type handles suitable for grasping by a user; and a base part situated at the second end of the rigid section and coupled to the first handle of the scissor-type handles such that displacement of the first handle causes a rotation of the base part.07-23-2009
20090005639Capsule medical apparatus - A capsule medical apparatus includes a capsule housing 01-01-2009
20110224488ENDOSCOPE APPARATUS - An endoscope apparatus includes an endoscope that includes an endoscope tip member at a rigid unit of a tip of the endoscope, and a cooling mechanism for cooling the endoscope tip member. The endoscope tip member includes at least an imaging element unit, an illuminating unit, and a cooling mechanism fitting unit. The cooling mechanism is fit into the cooling mechanism fitting unit.09-15-2011
20090023991BIOLOGICAL OBSERVATION APPARATUS - A biological observation apparatus comprises a color image signal creating section that performs signal processing on either a first image pickup signal for which a subject to be examined illuminated by white illumination light is picked up by a color filter having a transmitting characteristic of a plurality of broadband wavelengths or a second image pickup signal for which a subject to be examined is picked up under illumination of frame sequential illumination lights which cover a visible range, and creates a color image signal. The biological observation apparatus comprises a spectral image signal creating section that creates a spectral image signal corresponding to a narrowband image signal through signal processing on a color image signal based on the first or second image pickup signal. The biological observation apparatus comprises one of a characteristic changing/setting section for a display color converting section that performs conversion of display colors when causing the spectral image signal to be displayed or the like, an interface section for performing an instruction operation for switching and/or confirming information including an image to be displayed, or the like.01-22-2009
20090023992DEVICE AND METHOD FOR VIEWING A BODY LUMEN - A device and method for viewing a body lumen are provided. An assembly of a capsule endoscope and an endoscope is inserted into a body lumen. The capsule endoscope is positioned within the body lumen at a predetermined distance from the endoscope, and images are obtained from opposite sides of a desired location in the body lumen. In vivo procedures may be performed, while images of the procedure are obtained from opposite sides of the procedure location.01-22-2009
20080306338LIVING BODY OBSERVATION APPARATUS - A white light from a lamp passes through R, G, and B filters of a rotating filter and turns into broadband R, G, and B frame sequential illumination lights. The lights are applied to a living mucous membrane in a body cavity through an electronic endoscope, and sequential image pickup is performed by a CCD. Output signals from the CCD are sequentially switched by a selector in a filter circuit. An R signal, a G signal, and a B signal pass through the filter circuit 12-11-2008
20080306337Characterization of a Near-Infrared Laparoscopic Hyperspectral Imaging System for Minimally Invasive Surgery - The present invention includes an apparatus and methods for use of a hyperspectral surgical laparoscope that includes an illuminated laparoscope; a liquid crystal tunable filter generally center-mounted on the laparoscope and positioned to collect back-reflected light from a target; a relay lens generally center-mounted on the laparoscope to focus light from the liquid crystal tunable filter; and a focal plane array generally center-mounted on the laparoscope, wherein light that is reflected from the target is imaged on the focal plane array and captured as a digital data cube.12-11-2008
20090198099In vivo imaging system - An in vivo imaging system for viewing the interior of an organism includes a camera mounted to a sled body that is placed in the interior of the organism. The camera includes a lens, and a dome covers the lens. An image display device is provided to display images received from the camera. A cable communicates images to the image display device according to a viewing angle of the lens. A magnetic source body placed on the exterior of the organism magnetically attracts the sled body to hold the sled body in place in the interior of the organism.08-06-2009
20090198100STEREOVIDEOSCOPE AND METHOD OF USING THE SAME - A system and method for acquiring measurements of a portion of a patient's anatomy are provided. For example, the system includes a stereovideoscope including a scope coupled to a flexible tubing and configured to be positioned within the patient's body. The scope includes a plurality of stereoscopic lenses configured to capture data indicative of the portion of the patient's anatomy, and the flexible tubing includes a biocompatible material. In addition, the system includes a processing element that is in communication with the stereovideoscope and that is configured to generate an image based on the captured data in order to acquire at least one geometrical measurement indicative of the portion of the patient's anatomy.08-06-2009
20090082625ENDOSCOPE AND ENDOSCOPE APPARATUS - An endoscope includes an elongated insertion portion having a distal end portion provided with an illumination window and an observation window. A single solid-state image sensing device whose image pickup face is provided at an image forming position of an objective optical system mounted on the observation window. In the vicinity of the image pickup face of the solid-state image sensing device, a filter portion that has a first filter having a wideband wavelength transmission characteristic in a visible band and a second filter having a narrowband wavelength transmission characteristic in the visible band two-dimensionally arranged is disposed.03-26-2009
20090082624ENDOSCOPE, ENDOSCOPE SYSTEM, AND SWITCHING CIRCUIT MEMBER FOR ENDOSCOPE - The present invention relates to an endoscope to perform observation using a plurality of image pick up units and an endoscope system including such an endoscope, and its object is to provide an endoscope and an endoscope system having a simplified structure and a reduced cost. There is provided an endoscope including a plurality of image pick up units (03-26-2009
20090082626ENDOSCOPE AND ENDOSCOPE SYSTEM - An endoscope has an insertion portion, an abutment portion, an increasing device and an observation portion. The insertion portion is an insertion portion which can be inserted into a subject. The abutment portion is provided at a distal end portion of the insertion portion. The abutment portion provided at the distal end portion can contact with the subject. The increasing device increases the abutment area of the abutment portion. The observation portion performs observation of the subject on the abutment portion provided at the distal end portion and having been increased by the increasing device, or performs observation of the subject spaced by a predetermined distance by the increased abutment portion.03-26-2009
20090082623Visualization and treatment via percutaneous methods and devices - Visualization and treatment of tissue regions via percutaneous access methods and devices are described herein. The system may include a deployment catheter and an expandable imaging hood. In use, the hood may be introduced from outside the patient body through a percutaneous incision and advanced through a subxiphoid pathway, for example, to the heart where entry may be accomplished via an incision through the left atrial appendage. Once within the heart, the hood can be advanced to any chamber to visualize and/or treat tissue by placing the hood against the tissue to be imaged and pumping translucent fluids into the hood until the fluid displaces any blood, thereby leaving a clear region of tissue to be imaged via an imaging element in the deployment catheter. Additionally, any number of therapeutic tools can also be passed through the deployment catheter and into the imaging hood for treating the tissue of interest.03-26-2009
20090192349Common bile duct surgical imaging system - A method and apparatus for imaging features of a CBD in a patient introduces a fluorescent contrast agent into the CBD. A light source transmits both a visible light and a fluorescent light into a patient's abdominal cavity via the laparoscope. Cameras attached to or integrated into the laparoscope detect visible light images and fluorescent emission light images. The visible light image and fluorescent image signals are processed to combine the fluorescent emission light image signals and visible image signals into a single display signal. The system adjusts the display characteristics, such as color, of the fluorescent emission light image so it contrasts well with the visual light image so the surgeon can easily distinguish between the two images. The display signal is sent to a video monitor where the surgeon views the visible light image and the fluorescent image as a single overlaid image.07-30-2009
20110230715 ELECTRONIC ENDOSCOPE SYSTEM, AN ELECTRONIC ENDOSCOPE PROCESSOR, AND A METHOD OF ACQUIRING BLOOD VESSEL INFORMATION - The system includes an illuminating unit, an electronic endoscope, a unit for outputting first image data having different wavelength bands from the imaging signal, a unit for producing blood vessel information from the first image data, a unit for setting a given region in an image as reference value region, a unit for calculating a reference value for the blood vessel information based on second image data for a region within a reference value region, a unit for calculating relative value blood vessel information from the difference between the blood vessel information and the reference value blood vessel information, a unit for producing a simulated-color relative value blood vessel information image from the relative value blood vessel information, and a monitor for displaying a relative value blood vessel information image.09-22-2011
20080262297System and Method for Image-Based Alignment of an Endoscope - Systems and methods for endoscopic procedures employ a first technique to ensure initial correct alignment of an endoscope (10-23-2008
20120078046ENDOSCOPIC IMAGE DISPLAY APPARATUS - An endoscopic image display apparatus reads taken image data in which a taken image outputted from an endoscope is recorded, and reproduces and displays the taken image. The taken image data includes intensity information about a plurality of fundamental color components. The endoscopic image display apparatus includes an intensity changing unit which selectively reduces intensity of a specific color component in the taken image data by using the intensity information.03-29-2012
20120078044ENDOSCOPE DEVICE - The endoscope device includes an imaging section that captures an image of a subject using light returned from a living body after a narrow band light and a wide band light are simultaneously emitted from a first and second light source sections to the subject, and outputs captured image information, an image processing section that performs a predetermined image processing on the captured image information and an imaging information detecting section that detects as imaging information an automatic exposure value or an imaging magnification for capturing the subject, or subject information related to a structure and a component of the living body of the subject. Light emission conditions of the first and second light source sections and an image processing condition of the image processing section are changed based on the imaging information.03-29-2012
20120078043ENDOSCOPE APPARATUS - An endoscope apparatus includes an image processing portion for performing image processing on a signal of an image pickup picked up by an image pickup device installed in a distal end portion of an endoscope insertion portion to generate an endoscope image, a gravity direction detecting portion for detecting information about a gravity direction of the distal end portion, a gravity signal processing portion for performing predetermined signal processing on a signal of the information about the detected gravity direction to generate gravity information, a graphics generating portion for generating an indicator indicating the gravity direction based on the gravity information, and an image combining portion for combining the endoscope image and the indicator and outputting combined image information to a display apparatus. The graphics generating portion changes a display form of the indicator indicating the gravity direction according to the gravity direction.03-29-2012
20090118579MEDICAL CAPSULE - A medical capsule having a capsule configuration of size permitting introduction in a body, adapted to be at least partially dissolved over time by remaining in the intestines for a predetermined time or more. The medical capsule includes an inner casing provided at both ends with a discharge outlet and, surrounding the periphery thereof, an outer casing with a substantially uniform thickness. The inner casing and the outer casing are made of a material dissolved in the digestive secretion of the intestines. When the medical capsule remains in the intestines by, for example, entering a narrow area of the intestines, the wall of the outer casing begins to be dissolved. By this dissolution, the inner space of the inner casing communicates through the discharge outlet with the outside of the medical capsule. Consequently, a filling, such as a dye, medicine, etc., of the inner casing flows into the intestines.05-07-2009
20090118576Portable medical apparatus storage holder and capsule endoscope medical care system - An object of the invention is to eliminate unstable behavior of a drawn cable connected to a portable medical apparatus, which is of a storage target, to prevent cable jam or looseness and cable disconnection. A bundling member (05-07-2009
20090118580Image-type intubation-aiding device - An image-type intubation-aiding device comprises a small-size image sensor and a light source module both placed into an endotracheal tube to help doctors with quick intubation. Light from light emission devices in the light source module passes through a transparent housing and is reflected by a target and then focused. The optical signal is converted into a digital or analog electric signal by the image sensor for displaying on a display device after processing. Doctors can thus be helped to quickly find the position of trachea, keep an appropriate distance from a patient for reducing the possibility of infection, and lower the medical treatment cost. Disposable products are available to avoid the problem of infection. The intubation-aiding device can be used as an electronic surgical image examination instrument for penetration into a body. Moreover, a light source with tunable wavelengths can be used to increase the spot ratio of nidus.05-07-2009
20090198101CAPSULE ENDOSCOPE - A capsule endoscope includes a capsule body to be introduced into a subject; and a center-of-gravity setting unit for setting a center of gravity so as to maintain a posture of the capsule body relative to a direction of gravity constant. The capsule endoscope also includes an imaging unit arranged in the capsule body such that an imaging field having an optical axis in an oblique direction pointing upward from a horizontal direction is formed with a posture of the capsule body maintained constant relative to the direction of gravity, for imaging a body cavity image.08-06-2009
20090105537Device, System and Method for In-Vivo Examination - A device, a system and a method for in-vivo examination. A method for in-vivo examination includes substantially emptying a subject's colon from content, and inserting an autonomous in-vivo imaging device into the subject's gastrointestinal tract. An in-vivo examination kit includes an autonomous in-vivo imaging device, a wireless receiver, an antenna set, a laxative, and optionally a stimulant and an instructions leaflet.04-23-2009
20090209811PROCESSOR FOR ENDOSCOPE AND ENDOSCOPE SYSTEM - An electronic endoscope is detachably connected to a processor via a first control connector and a second control connector. Contacts provided at side ends of the flat-shaped second control connector are connected to a CPU. The CPU detects start of removal of the first control connector in response to a change in voltage of one of ports, to which the contacts are connected, from low to high. When the CPU detects the start of the removal, drive signals from a CCD driver to a CCD is stopped. Then, power supply from a power supply section to the CCD is stopped.08-20-2009
20090203964CAPSULE ENDOSCOPE SYSTEM AND ENDOSCOPIC IMAGE FILING METHOD - A capsule endoscope system includes a capsule endoscope, swallowable in a body, for forming an image. A receiver is positioned on the body, for wirelessly receiving the image from the capsule endoscope, to store the image. A workstation as information manager operates for image filing of the image from the receiver. A first wireless interface is incorporated in the receiver, for wirelessly transmitting the image during imaging with the capsule endoscope. A second wireless interface is positioned on the workstation, for wirelessly receiving the image from the first wireless interface. Furthermore, an image selector selects the image for image filing in the workstation among plural images received by the receiver. The first wireless interface transmits the selected image to the workstation. The receiver includes an image compressor for reducing a data size of the image received from the capsule endoscope before transmission in the first wireless interface.08-13-2009
20090203963REIMAGING OPTICAL SYSTEM AND ENDOSCOPE USING THE SAME - The invention relates to an reimaging optical system that has a sufficiently enhanced magnification and better performance, and an endoscope using the same. The reimaging optical system 08-13-2009
20090203962STENT DELIVERY UNDER DIRECT VISUALIZATION - Stent delivery under direct visualization utilizing an imaging hood is described herein. A stent may be delivered and placed in or around lesions, e.g., ostial lesions, through a delivery catheter while being directly visualized via an imaging hood. A pre-delivery assessment probe may also be advanced to the desired site for accurate placement of the stent.08-13-2009
20090209810ENDOSCOPE ASSEMBLY - An endoscope assembly communicates with a data processing unit by radio waves. The endoscope assembly includes operation switches, which is configured to be operated by an operator, and a control unit. The control unit is configured to enable the operation switches to function as switches for setting wireless communication when connection for wireless communication with the data processing unit is not established. Further, the control unit is configured to enable the operation switches to function as switches for inherent operations including at least an image acquisition operation when connection for wireless communication with the data processing unit is established.08-20-2009
20120197080ELECTRONIC ENDOSCOPE SYSTEM - In an electronic endoscope, an insert section has a beam splitter, a CCD, and an EMCCD at its distal end portion. When white light being normal light is applied to an internal body portion, the reflected white light is incident on the CCD through the beam splitter, and a normal image is produced. When the internal body portion is irradiated with special light being excitation light, weak autofluorescence is emitted from specific tissue of the internal body portion. The weak autofluorescence is incident on the EMCCD through the beam splitter. The EMCCD uses an avalanche multiplication effect in its electron multiplier. The EMCCD multiplies signal charge produced from the weak autofluorescence by the electron multiplier, and outputs a high level signal.08-02-2012
20120197078INSUFFLATION NEEDLE WITH INTEGRATED IMAGE SENSOR - An insufflation apparatus includes a housing defining a port for receipt of insufflation gases and an elongated sleeve defining a longitudinal axis. The elongated sleeve has a proximal end and a distal end and defines a sharpened tip. A stylet is disposed within the elongated sleeve. The stylet is movable between an extended position, wherein the stylet extends beyond the tip of the sleeve, and a retracted position, to expose the sharpened tip for penetration through body tissue. At least one of the elongated sleeve and the stylet defines a passageway in fluid communication with the port to direct the insufflation gases into a body cavity. An image sensor is positioned on the elongated sleeve. The image sensor is adapted to receive an optical image of an area adjacent the distal end of the elongated sleeve and is configured to transmit the optical image for viewing by a clinician.08-02-2012
20120197077ELECTRONIC ENDOSCOPE SYSTEM - An electronic endoscope system includes a light source apparatus, a CCD, and a processor apparatus. The light source apparatus applies illumination light to a target portion. The target portion includes a surface blood vessel and a subsurface blood vessel. The CCD captures light reflected from the target portion. The processor apparatus generates an image based on an imaging signal from the CCD. The processor apparatus has a suppression processor. Out of the surface blood vessel and the subsurface blood vessel in an image, the suppression processor reduces contrast of a non-target blood vessel relative to that of a target blood vessel to suppress or reduce display of the non-target blood vessel relative to that of the target blood vessel.08-02-2012
20090240107APPARATUS FOR INTRODUCTION INTO TEST BODY - An apparatus for introduction into a test body includes a functional portion for obtaining information on an inside of a test body; a power source for supplying power for driving the functional portion; and an enclosed container for accommodating the functional portion and the power source. A cross-sectional shape orthogonal to a longitudinal direction of the enclosed container is an elliptical shape to make an outer shape small to alleviate a burden on a test subject during introduction into a body by swallowing or the like for test.09-24-2009
20090253957ENDOSCOPE APPARATUS - An endoscope apparatus of the present invention includes a scope portion having a rigid portion in which, at least an image pickup module is disposed, a circulation passage which is at an interior of the scope portion, and which is extended rearward from the rigid portion, such that a cooling medium filled inside is capable of carrying out a heat exchange with the rigid portion, and a pump which is at the interior of the scope portion, and which circulates the cooling medium inside the circulation passage.10-08-2009
20090253955ELECTRONIC ENDOSCOPE - The present invention provides an electronic endoscope which enables the image pickup apparatus of the electronic endoscope to be easily replaced with image pickup apparatuses of different specifications. The electronic endoscope according to the present invention is configured by including a distal end member which is provided at a distal end portion of an insertion portion of the electronic endoscope, and which includes an image pickup apparatus mounting hole as a housing portion for housing an image pickup apparatus; and an outer shape adjusting member as an adjusting member which is provided between the image pickup apparatus and the image pickup apparatus mounting hole, and which fixes the image pickup apparatus in the image pickup apparatus mounting hole.10-08-2009
20100274082ENDOSCOPE SYSTEM, ENDOSCOPE, AND DRIVING METHOD - An endoscope includes an elongated tube. An objective lens system is disposed in the elongated tube, for passing image light from an object. A fiber optic image guide includes plural optical fibers bundled together, has a distal tip, is inserted through the elongated tube, for transmitting the image light focused on the distal tip by the objective lens system in a proximal direction. A displacing device displaces the distal tip laterally and periodically upon receiving entry of the image light being focused by use of a piezoelectric actuator positioned outside the distal tip. Plural shifted images are created by the fine displacement, and registered together by image registration, and combined as a synthesized image of up-sampling. Preferably, an evaluator retrieves information of relative position, which is used for error correction of the shifted images.10-28-2010
20090259099IMAGE-BASED CONTROL SYSTEMS - Image-based control systems and methods automate the adjustment of medical devices. An image based-control system for an endoscope can include, in addition to the endoscope, a processing system and an actuator. The processing system can receive an image from an image capture device of the endoscope. Based on coordinates of a lumen in the image, the processing system can instruct the actuator to reorient the capture device to direct the capture device toward the lumen. The actuator can be coupled to a manual controller of the endoscope, such that the actuator can reorient the capture device via the manual controller. An image-based control method can include receiving an image from the capture device of the endoscope; identifying coordinates of a lumen in the image; mapping such coordinates to a physical position of the lumen relative to the capture device; and instructing an actuator to adjust an orientation of the endoscope.10-15-2009
20090259097Cannula visualization arrangement - The device described is a minimally-invasive surgical cannula that houses a miniature camera initially positioned at the inferior aspect of the distal cannula. Once indwelling in the operative space, the distal cannula ring is rotated 180° via a longitudinal pivot to reposition the camera superiorly. Repositioned, the camera is at a distance of twice the OD (OD) of the cannula. The manipulable cannula camera allows both minimally invasive operative instrumentation and superior operative vision via a single operative cannula.10-15-2009
20080312499ENDOSCOPE SYSTEM - An endoscope system according to the present invention includes at least one first photographing device that can photograph an object, at least one second photographing device different from the first photographing device, a retaining member for retaining the second photographing device in a body cavity, a signal processing device that processes signals photographed by the first photographing device and the second photographing device, and a display device that displays an image signal outputted from the signal processing device.12-18-2008
20090318757Flexible visually directed medical intubation instrument and method - A flexible medical intubation instrument provided for placement into an animal or human patient comprises a catheter with at least a pair of longitudinally extending lumens or channels including a sensor and/or actuator channel and a working channel. In the sensor/actuator channel is provided a fixed or slideably removable sensor cable having a sensor for sensing a characteristic or condition including any of the following: a visual sensor for optical viewing, a chemical sensor, a pH sensor, a pressure sensor, an infection sensor, an audio sensor, or a temperature sensor. The sensors are coupled by the sensor/actuator cable through light transmission, electric current, or radio transmission to a viewing instrument or other output device such as a meter or video screen for displaying the condition that is sensed within the body of the patient while the flexibility of the composite structure comprising the catheter and cable enable the entire instrument to flex laterally as it moves through curved passages or around obstructions during insertion or removal. While making observations through the sensor channel, the working channel simultaneously functions as a drain or an irrigation duct, a feeding tube, or to provide a passage for the insertion of one or a succession of surgical devices such that the catheter serves as a protective artificial tract or liner as surgical devices are inserted and removed through it in succession so as to minimize tissue trauma, infection, and pain experienced by the patient. The instrument can be used in urology, as well as a visually directed nasogastric tube, as a visually directed external gastrostomy tube, or as a visually directed internal gastric tube or percutaneous endoscopic gastrostomy tube and in other applications.12-24-2009
20120245416SWING-OUT SURGICAL CAMERA - A surgical camera assembly includes an elongated tubular member and a surgical camera. The elongated tubular member includes a lumen extending therethrough that is configured to permit passage of a surgical instrument. The surgical camera is rotatably coupled to the elongated tubular member towards the distal end thereof and is rotatable relative thereto between a closed position and an open position. The surgical camera is rotated from the closed position to the open position upon passage of the surgical instrument through the lumen of the elongated tubular member and includes a proximal surface configured to facilitate translation of the surgical camera from the closed position to the open position upon contact of the surgical instrument with the proximal surface of the surgical camera within the lumen of the elongated tubular member.09-27-2012
20100261959In-vivo observation system and method for driving in-vivo observation system - An in-vivo observation system of the present invention is provided with an in-vivo observation apparatus including: a living-body information acquiring section that acquires living-body information; a transmission section that transmits the living-body information to outside the living body; a power source section that supplies driving power to the living-body information acquiring section and the transmission section; a magnetic field detection section that detects an AC magnetic field from outside and outputs a detection result as an electric signal; and a power supply control section that controls the supply state of the driving power that is supplied to the living-body information acquiring section and the transmission section, based on the electric signal; and a power source starter of the in-vivo observation apparatus in which a magnetic field generating section that generates an AC magnetic field and a display section are integrally formed.10-14-2010
20100185051ENDOSCOPE, ENDOSCOPE SYSTEM HAVING THE SAME AND ENDOSCOPE CONTROL METHOD - An endoscope, an endoscope system having an endoscope, and an endoscope control method are disclosed. The endoscope includes: a main body and a buoyancy control device. The main body may be configured in the form of a capsule and include an image capturing unit for capturing image information. The buoyancy control device may control buoyancy by changing the volume of the main body. Images of various types of internal organs can be precisely captured.07-22-2010
20100152534CAPSULE ENDOSCOPY SYSTEM, MEDICAL SYSTEM, AND OPERATION METHOD OF MEDICAL SYSTEM - Provided are a capsule endoscopy system, a medical system, and an operation method of the medical system. A control device outside a human body and two or more implantable medical devices (e.g. capsule endoscopes) form a network with each other, and the two or more implantable medical devices divisionally perform investigation, identification, and treatment while cooperating with each other, by controlling the control device outside the human body.06-17-2010
20100179385ENDOSCOPE SYSTEM - An endoscope system includes, in order to automatically detect a type of optical adapter and to generate to display an excellent image according to an intended purpose by performing an image signal processing control corresponding to the type of the optical adapter, a signal processing circuit for performing various image signal processings on an image signal from an image-pickup element, a plurality of optical adapters each including an image-formation optical system, adapter discriminating section, and LED, the optical adapters being detachably and selectively provided to the distal end of the endoscope section, and an apparatus main body including an image processing section for performing predetermined signal processing on the image signal from the signal processing circuit, an adapter detection section for detecting the adapter discrimination section, and a controller for controlling the whole endoscope system. At least driving control of the LED and various signal processing controls on the image signal obtained by the image-pickup element are performed based on the detection result of the adapter discrimination section by the adapter detection section.07-15-2010
20120197079CONTROL DEVICE, ENDOSCOPE APPARATUS, APERTURE CONTROL METHOD, AND INFORMATION STORAGE MEDIUM - A control device includes an image acquisition section that acquires an image of an object captured by an imaging optical system of an endoscope apparatus, a determination section that determines whether or not an observation area is in focus based on a pixel value of each pixel within the image of the object, the observation area being an observation target area within the image of the object, and an aperture control section that controls an aperture of the imaging optical system based on a result of the determination.08-02-2012
20100240953ENDOSCOPE SYSTEM, ENDOSCOPE VIDEO PROCESSOR AND METHOD OF DRIVING ENDOSCOPE SYSTEM - A light source device emits normal illumination light and special illumination light interchangeably at a charge-storage time of an imaging device. A DRP is reconfigurable between a normal image producing circuit and a special image producing circuit. A CPU instructs the reconfiguration of the DRP when detecting that a vertical synchronization signal from a drive circuit falls to zero level. The DRP gains an access to a configuration memory to load circuit information of the normal or special image producing circuit. According to the circuit information loaded, the DRP changes functions and interconnection of processor elements.09-23-2010
20100228087System For Use In Surgical Procedures - The present disclosure relates to a system for use in surgical procedures. The system includes an endoscope; an imaging device coupled to the endoscope; an imaging processor coupled to the imaging device; and at least one management system coupled to the imaging processor, wherein a function of the management system is automatically adjusted upon receipt of a communication from the imaging processor. A method of adjusting an image of a surgical site during a surgical procedure is also disclosed.09-09-2010
20100217077LIVING BODY OBSERVING APPARATUS - There is provided a living body observing apparatus capable of reducing time period to be spent on observation of a subject in a living body. The living body observing apparatus of the invention includes: illumination means including one or a plurality of semiconductor light emitting elements for emitting illumination light to illuminate a subject; image pickup means for picking up an image of the subject illuminated by the illumination light emitted from the illumination means, and outputting the picked-up image as an image pickup signal; color separation means for separating the image of the subject into red, green, and blue components; and image processing means for performing a predetermined processing on the image pickup signal outputted from the image pickup means, and outputting the processed image pickup signal as a video signal to display the image of the subject on display means. The image processing means performs, as the predetermined processing, color conversion processing to convert the blue component in the image pickup signal into a green component in the video signal, and convert the green component in the image pickup signal into a red component in the video signal.08-26-2010
20120130166LIGHT-EMITTING APPARATUS AND ENDOSCOPE HAVING LIGHT-EMITTING APPARATUS - A light-emitting apparatus includes a blue color LED, a fluorescent substance mixed transparent resin that covers the blue color LED and generates yellow light, a red LED disposed on the fluorescent substance mixed transparent resin and a transparent resin that covers the red LED.05-24-2012
20090076320Intra-subject information acquiring system03-19-2009
20100210902Virtual Penetrating Mirror Device and Method for Visualizing Virtual Objects in Endoscopic Applications - A virtual penetrating mirror device for visualizing virtual objects in endoscopic applications, having an interactive virtual mirror (08-19-2010
20100179384Wirelessly Powered Medical Devices And Instruments - A medical device that is wirelessly powered by a resonant magnetic field, the device automatically coupling to a power transmitter in a control unit when brought within a threshold radius. In one embodiment, the control unit automatically identifies the medical device and automatically adjusts its settings to control the medical device, where the device and power transceivers may be provided detachable from either or both the endoscope/camera and camera control unit or may be provide integral to either one or both.07-15-2010
20120197076ENDOSCOPE SYSTEM, PROCESSING UNIT THEREFOR, AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD - Broadband light and narrowband light are simultaneously projected toward a subject. The subject is imaged by a color CCD to obtain a blue signal, a green signal, and a green signal. A base image is generated from the signals of three colors. Based on a luminance ratio B/G between the blue signal and the red signal, a B/G image is generated. A high frequency component is extracted from the B/G image to obtain a superficial-blood-vessel extracted image, and a medium frequency component is extracted from the B/G image to obtain a middle-deep-blood-vessel extracted image. Based on the base image and one of the superficial-blood-vessel extracted image and the middle-deep-blood-vessel extracted image, a blood vessel emphasized/de-emphasized image, in which the superficial blood vessels or the middle-deep blood vessels are emphasized or de-emphasized, is generated. The blood vessel emphasized/de-emphasized image is displayed on a monitor.08-02-2012
20110112362ELECTRONIC ENDOSCOPE SYSTEM, PROCESSING APPARATUS FOR ELECTRONIC ENDOSCOPE, AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD - An image of a tissue site including a blood vessel is captured while broadband light and narrow band light are emitted to a body cavity. Thereby, broadband image data corresponding to the broadband light and narrow band image data corresponding to the narrow band light are obtained. Picture elements in the same positions are identified between the broadband image and the narrow band image to obtain a brightness ratio LM therebetween. Based on depth correlation information between the brightness ratio and blood vessel depth, a blood vessel depth D corresponding to the brightness ratio is obtained to determine whether each picture element includes a blood vessel and whether the blood vessel depth D is at the surface. Based on the determination, a surface blood vessel region is extracted. A broadband image having the surface blood vessel region with the reduced contrast is generated.05-12-2011
20100137685DEVIATED VIEWING RIGID VIDEOENDOSCOPE WITH ADJUSTABLE FOCUSING - The disclosure relates to a deviated viewing rigid videoendoscopic probe with adjustable focusing, comprising a rigid inspection tube and a control handle attached to the inspection tube, the inspection tube having a longitudinal axis and a distal part comprising an image capture device having a viewing axis different from the longitudinal axis, the control handle comprising a rotation control device for making the viewing axis turn around the longitudinal axis, and a focusing control device of the image capture device for longitudinally moving in the inspection tube a part of the image capture device, the rotation control device and the focusing control device being respectively configured to make the viewing axis turn and focus the image capture device, independently from one another.06-03-2010
20130217966ENCAPSULATED ENDOSCOPE SYSTEM IN WHICH ENDOSCOPE MOVES IN LUMEN BY ITSELF AND ROTATION OF IMAGE OF REGION TO BE OBSERVED IS CEASED - An encapsulated endoscope system in accordance with the present invention comprises: an encapsulated endoscope that rotates to develop a thrust; a controller that moves the encapsulated endoscope in an intended direction of advancement; an imaging unit incorporated in the encapsulated endoscope; and an image processing unit that receives image data sent from the imaging unit, and produces an image, which results from rotation of the received image data, according to the rotational phase of the encapsulated endoscope.08-22-2013
20130217967METHOD OF USER INTERFACES FOR ELECTROSURGICAL TOOLS IN ROBOTIC SURGICAL SYSTEMS - A method for a minimally invasive surgical system is disclosed including capturing camera images of a surgical site; generating a graphical user interface (GUI) including a first colored border portion in a first side and a second colored border in a second side opposite the first side; and overlaying the GUI onto the captured camera images of the surgical site for display on a display device of a surgeon console. The GUI provides information to a user regarding the first electrosurgical tool and the second tool in the surgical site that is concurrently displayed by the captured camera images. The first colored border portion in the GUI indicates that the first electrosurgical tool is controlled by a first master grip of the surgeon console and the second colored border portion indicates the tool type of the second tool controlled by a second master grip of the surgeon console.08-22-2013
20090076321DIGITAL CAMERA FOR TAKING IMAGE INSIDE ORAL CAVITY - To provide a digital camera for taking an image inside the oral cavity without causing a sanitary problem and enabling a dentist to easily monitor an object in the oral cavity of a patient on a screen and the patient to easily view the object on the screen when the camera is used.03-19-2009
20100210904COMPACT FLUORESCENCE ENDOSCOPY VIDEO SYSTEM - A fluorescence endoscopy video system includes a multimode light source that produces light for color and fluorescence imaging modes. Light from the light source is transmitted through an endoscope to the tissue under observation. The system also includes a compact camera for color and fluorescence imaging. Images obtained through the endoscope are optically divided and projected onto one or more image sensors by a fixed beam splitter in the camera. The fixed beam splitter eliminates the need for inserting a movable mirror into the light path between the endoscope and the image sensors. Image signals from the camera are processed in the system processor/controller where a contrast enhancement function can be applied. The contrast enhancement function increases the color contrast between normal tissue and tissue suspicious for early cancer. Finally, the system also includes a calibration feature whereby the system performance can be maintained when used with different endoscopes.08-19-2010
20090247824WIRELESS IMAGE ACQUISITION SYSTEM - A wireless image acquisition system includes an image acquisition apparatus configured to transmit acquired image information by radio waves, and an image receiving unit configured to receive and display the image information transmitted from the image acquisition apparatus. A display unit of the image receiving unit displays wireless communication setting information. An image acquisition unit of the image acquisition apparatus captures the wireless communication setting information, and a communication setting unit makes wireless communication setting of the image acquisition apparatus based on the captured wireless communication setting information. One of the image acquisition apparatus and image receiving unit further includes a detection unit configured to detect that the distance from the image acquisition unit to the display unit is within a predetermined value when the wireless communication setting information is captured, and a warning unit configured to give a warning when the detected distance is within the predetermined value.10-01-2009
20110130627Visualization Instrument - A visualization instrument comprising a display support component removably coupled to a component insertable into a target space. The insertable component includes a camera providing images of the target space. The images are presented in a display device supported by the display support component. The insertable component may be discarded after a permitted number of uses.06-02-2011
20110028786CAPSULE-TYPE ENDOSCOPE - A capsule-type endoscope includes a capsule, an objective optical system, an image pickup element, and at least one illumination light source having a light-emitting surface, and a transparent cover. In several embodiments of the capsule-type endoscope according to the present invention, an inner surface of the transparent cover is spherical within a field of view of the objective optical system so as to have a center of curvature, the center of curvature is offset from the optical axis of the objective optical system, and a specified condition is satisfied so as to avoid flare in the objective optical system caused when light from the one (or more) illumination light source(s) enters the entrance pupil of the objective optical system. In another embodiment, the inner surface of the transparent cover has the shape of an ellipsoid. Observation methods using the capsule-type endoscope are also disclosed.02-03-2011
20110028785Endoscope with adjustable viewing angle - An endoscope with adjustable viewing angle has a viewing angle adjusting mechanism mounted on a handheld body and a control module mounted inside the handheld body. The viewing angle adjusting mechanism has a cable seat pivotally mounted on the handheld body, an adjustable knob mounted on the cable seat, a flexible tube, a hollow flexible cable joined with one end of a flexible tube, and two pull strings between the other end of the flexible tube and the adjusting knob. Given that, while the cable seat is rotated, the image acquisition module on one end of the flexible cable can be controlled to rotate synchronously. The relative pulling and releasing movement of the two pull strings driven by turning the adjusting knob makes the flexible tube bend correspondingly so as to further adjust the viewing angle of the image acquisition module.02-03-2011
20100198009DISPOSABLE ENDOSCOPE AND PORTABLE DISPLAY - Various embodiments for providing removable, pluggable and disposable opto-electronic modules for illumination and imaging for endoscopy or borescopy are provided for use with portable display devices. Generally, various medical or industrial devices can include one or more solid state or other compact electro-optic illuminating elements located thereon. Additionally, such opto-electronic modules may include illuminating optics, imaging optics, and/or image capture devices. The illuminating elements may have different wavelengths and can be time-synchronized with an image sensor to illuminate an object for imaging or detecting purpose or other conditioning purpose. The removable opto-electronic modules may be plugged onto the exterior surface of another medical device, deployably coupled to the distal end of the device, or otherwise disposed on the device.08-05-2010
20100198010COMPACT FLUORESCENCE ENDOSCOPY VIDEO SYSTEM - A fluorescence endoscopy video system includes a multimode light source that produces light for color and fluorescence imaging modes. Light from the light source is transmitted through an endoscope to the tissue under observation. The system also includes a compact camera for color and fluorescence imaging. Images obtained through the endoscope are optically divided and projected onto one or more image sensors by a fixed beam splitter in the camera. The fixed beam splitter eliminates the need for inserting a movable mirror into the light path between the endoscope and the image sensors. Image signals from the camera are processed in the system processor/controller where a contrast enhancement function can be applied. The contrast enhancement function increases the color contrast between normal tissue and tissue suspicious for early cancer. Finally, the system also includes a calibration feature whereby the system performance can be maintained when used with different endoscopes.08-05-2010
20100198008IV-VIVO OBSERVING SYSTEM AND IN-VIVO OBSERVING METHOD - An in-vivo observing system for observing inside of a subject includes an illuminating unit configured to illuminate inside of the subject by illumination light; an imaging unit configured to sequentially capture in-vivo images of the subject illuminated by the illumination light; a direction change unit configured to change an image capturing direction of the imaging unit; and a control unit configured to control the direction change unit to set an angular difference in the imaging capturing direction less than an angle of view of the imaging unit when the imaging unit captures two continuous in-vivo images while causing the direction change unit to change the image capturing direction.08-05-2010
20090326320SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR VISUALIZING TISSUE DURING ABLATION PROCEDURES - Systems for visualizing cardiac tissue during an ablation procedure are provided. In general, the systems include an imaging module configured to measure absorbance data at first and second wavelengths wherein the ratio of these absorbance values identifies the nature of the tissue (e.g., lesion, de novo tissue, etc.). The imaging module can also include a video system having at least two chips with corresponding bandpass filters centered at the first and second target wavelengths. The system can also include a processor and/or video monitor for combining the images produced by the various chips, determining treated and non-treated tissue based on the ratio of absorbance values at the target wavelengths, and displaying images of the treatment area. Methods of visualizing cardiac treatment areas during ablation procedures are also provided herein.12-31-2009
20090318756System And Method For Overlaying Ultrasound Imagery On A Laparoscopic Camera Display - The present disclosure relates to a system for overlaying ultrasound imagery on a laparoscopic camera display. The system may include a laparoscope configured to capture a laparoscopic image of a surgical field and a laparoscopic ultrasound probe configured to capture an ultrasonic image of a structure in the surgical field. The system may further include a tracking system configured to detect a position and orientation of the laparoscope and a position and orientation of the laparoscopic ultrasound probe. The system may further include data associated with the laparoscope wherein the data indicates a distortion in the laparoscopic image. The system may further include a computer configured to receive the laparoscopic image, the ultrasonic image and the distortion data associated with the laparoscope. The computer may be configured to position and orient the ultrasonic image relative to the laparoscopic image, adjust the ultrasonic image based upon the distortion data, combine the adjusted ultrasonic image with the laparoscopic image, and output the combined images.12-24-2009
20090177034ENDOSCOPE SYSTEM - An endoscope system of the invention includes an elongated insertion portion; an image pickup portion provided with an objective optical system having an optical axis diagonal to a longitudinal axis direction of the insertion portion and that picks up an image of a subject present in a field of view of the objective optical system and can rotate around the longitudinal axis of the insertion portion; a rotation angle detection portion that detects a rotation angle of the image pickup portion; an image pickup control portion that can have images of a plurality of subjects picked up while the image pickup portion makes one rotation by controlling the image pickup portion on the basis of the rotation angle detected by the rotation angle detection portion; and a signal processing portion that carries out signal processing for having each image of the plurality of subjects displayed on one display portion.07-09-2009
20110237886IMAGING UNIT AND ENDOSCOPE - An imaging unit includes an objective optical system, an image sensor, a cover glass, a prism, and a heat conduction portion. The objective optical system imports light of an image of a subject. The image sensor forms an image of the light and outputs an imaging signal. The cover glass is provided on an imaging surface of the image sensor and seals the image sensor air-tightly. The prism is disposed between the objective optical system and the cover glass so as to guide the light from the objective optical system to the imaging surface. The heat conduction portion touches the prism and extends from the prism towards the image sensor so as to transmit heat of the image sensor to the prism.09-29-2011
20080281154ENDOSCOPE DEVICE - An endoscope device obtains tissue information of a desired depth near the tissue surface. A xenon lamp (11-13-2008
20090112061Endoscope capable of varying field of vision - An endoscope system capable of observing a front view and a side view simultaneously is provided by employing a beam splitter, a first shutter and a second shutter. A front view in a longitudinal direction can be observed when the first shutter is open such that light beams pass through the beam splitter. A side view in a perpendicular direction can be observed when the second shutter is open such that light beams through the open shutter are reflected by the beam splitter in the longitudinal direction. The front view and the side view can be observed simultaneously, when the first shutter and the second shutter are alternatively operated such that the first shutter is open while the second shutter is closed and vise versa.04-30-2009
20120035419ELECTRONIC ENDOSCOPE SYSTEM - An electronic endoscope system is composed of an electronic endoscope, a light source apparatus, and a temperature converter. The electronic endoscope has a CMOS sensor in a distal portion of an insert section to be inserted into a patient's body cavity. Illumination light from the light source apparatus is applied to the body cavity through the distal portion. The temperature converter obtains an average pixel value of an optical black (OB) region out of an imaging signal from the CMOS sensor, and converts the average OB pixel value into a temperature of the CMOS sensor on a frame-by-frame basis with the use of data in a temperature conversion table. The table represents a relationship between the average OB pixel value and the temperature of the CMOS sensor. Light quantity of the illumination light is adjusted in accordance with the temperature of the CMOS sensor to prevent deterioration of image quality.02-09-2012
20100130818CAPSULE-TYPE ENDOSCOPE CAPABLE OF CONTROLLING FRAME RATE OF IMAGE - A capsule-type endoscope is disclosed. Information related to position and movement of the capsule-type endoscope inserted into a body are checked and a frame rate is controlled according to a digestive organ in which the capsule-type endoscope is located based upon the information, so as to capture every digestive organ inside the body by using one capsule-type endoscope. Also, the frame rate can be controlled according to a moving velocity in each digestive organ, thus to reduce unnecessary power consumption, resulting in a decrease of an operation time of the capsule-type endoscope having a limited battery capacity. In addition, an amount of captured images can be reduced by effectively obtaining images according to the moving velocity in each digestive organ and a time taken by a doctor for a medical examination can be shortened.05-27-2010
20130131447ENDOSCOPIC SYSTEM FOR OPTIMIZED VISUALIZATION - This invention may be directed to an endoscopic device. The endoscopic device comprising an elongate member having a distal end, and a cap positioned at the distal end. The cap may have a proximal end and a distal end. The proximal end may define at least one recess that does not extend through the cap to the distal end of the cap. The endoscopic device may further include at least one illumination device disposed in the at least one recess.05-23-2013
20130131448FLOW REDUCTION HOOD SYSTEMS - Flow reduction hood systems are described which facilitate the visualization of tissue regions through a clear fluid. Such a system may include an imaging hood having one or more layers covering the distal opening and defines one or more apertures which control the infusion and controlled retention of the clearing fluid into the hood. In this manner, the amount of clearing fluid may be limited and the clarity of the imaging of the underlying tissue through the fluid within the hood may be maintained for relatively longer periods of time by inhibiting, delaying, or preventing the infusion of surrounding blood into the viewing field. The aperture size may be controlled to decrease or increase through selective inflation of the membrane or other mechanisms.05-23-2013
20110112363ENDOSCOPE - On a head section connected to a distal end of an inserter of an endoscope, an air/water nozzle, an observation window and a ring projection are provided. On the ring projection, a first inclined plane and a vertical plane are formed. The first inclined plane inclines such that the outer diameter thereof gradually decreases from the top surface of the observation window toward a flat surface. The vertical plane is positioned at the counter side from the air/water nozzle across the observation window. Fluid injected from the air/water nozzle hits the first inclined plane and spreads to pass over the observation window. The vertical plane stops backflow of a water drop on the flat surface toward the observation window, so as to prevent that the water drop reaches on the top surface of the observation window.05-12-2011
20130137923Endoscope and illumination apparatus for endoscope - An illumination apparatus for an endoscope guiding externally-entering light to a transparent light-guiding body including an annular-shaped annular portion, the annular portion including an inner circumferential face and an outer circumferential face, and making the light exit from the annular portion as illuminating light, wherein the light-guiding body includes: a notch portion formed by cutting out a part of the annular portion so as to form a line extending perpendicularly from the outer circumferential face toward the inner circumference side of the annular portion from a line extending from a point on an outer circumference of a circle in a cross section of the annular portion; and an incident portion that allows the light to enter in a direction along the line extending from the point on the outer circumference, the direction being a direction perpendicular to a cutout surface of the notch portion provided in the annular portion.05-30-2013
20130137925ENDOSCOPE APPARATUS - A distal end barrel that holds a light guide bundle and an electronic image pickup unit inside a distal end portion is formed in such a manner that the distal end barrel is divided in a first distal end barrel arranged on the distal end side of the distal end portion and a second distal end barrel supported via the first distal end barrel so as not to be exposed at an outer surface of the distal end portion, the second distal end barrel holding the light guide bundle and the electronic image pickup unit, and the second distal end barrel includes a member having a thermal conductivity higher than the thermal conductivity of the first distal end barrel, thereby protecting the image pickup device from thermal damage without an increase in temperature of the outer surface of the distal end portion.05-30-2013
20130144121LIGHT SOURCE POWER BASED ON PREDETERMINED SENSED CONDITION - A medical instrument having a lighting system for illumination a target area, the system comprising a light source and associated power controller, the system being configured to move from a first illumination mode to a second illumination mode based on a sensed or determined changed condition, such as predetermined temperature and/or change in a scene or brightness signal, or lack of change, from an image sensor that may be associated with the instrument.06-06-2013
20090137868ENDOSCOPE SYSTEM - An endoscope system of the invention includes: a first endoscope capable of picking up an image of a subject; a first illuminating section capable of emitting first illuminating light; a second endoscope capable of picking up an image of the subject illuminated by the first light from a direction different from the first endoscope; a second illuminating section capable of emitting second illuminating light; a video signal processing section for generating a video signal based on a signal picked-up by the second endoscope; a display section for displaying an image of the subject obtained by the video signal processing section; an emphasis instructing section for instructing an emphasis on an image obtained based on the first light; and an emphasis control section for controlling to emphasize the subject image obtained based on the first light according to an operation of the emphasis instructing section.05-28-2009
20110009694HAND-HELD MINIMALLY DIMENSIONED DIAGNOSTIC DEVICE HAVING INTEGRATED DISTAL END VISUALIZATION - Hand-held minimally dimensioned diagnostic devices having integrated distal end visualization are provided. Also provided are systems that include the devices, as well as methods of using the devices, e.g., to visualize internal tissue of a subject.01-13-2011
20110213203IN-VIVO IMAGING SYSTEM AND BODY-INSERTABLE APPARATUS - A body-insertable apparatus includes a light-receiving unit that includes light-receiving elements each having a receiving wavelength spectrum; light-emitting units including a near ultraviolet light source whose peak of the emission intensity is near ultraviolet light with a wavelength deviated, from a receiving wavelength spectrum associated with the receiving wavelength spectrum, by a predetermined wavelength and including a yellow light source whose peak of the emission intensity is yellow; a selection unit that can select, from among the light-emitting units, light-emitting units corresponding respectively to the near ultraviolet and the yellow light sources; an image creating unit creating a normal-light image in accordance with a combined flat-shaped wavelength spectrum combined using the light-receiving unit or creating a special-light image in accordance with a combined sharp wavelength spectrum combined using a pixel that receives blue-color-component light of the light-receiving unit and a pixel that receives green-color-component light of the light-receiving unit, the light being obtained at the emission of light when the near ultraviolet light source and the yellow light source are selected using the selection unit; a transmitting unit transmitting the normal-light image or the created special-light image; and a control unit controlling driving of the light-receiving elements in accordance with selection performed by the selection unit.09-01-2011
20110213204ENDOSCOPE SYSTEM AND IMAGING DEVICE THEREOF - An imaging device for an endoscope includes an image pickup lens, a spectral characteristics variable optical element, and a CCD. The spectral characteristics variable optical element passes only light of a specific wavelength in accordance with the distance between first and second plates, and reflects light of the other wavelengths. The CCD converts the light reflected from the variable optical element into an image signal. In fluorescence endoscopy, a fluorescent labeling agent is administered on an internal body part to be examined. Application of excitation light to the body part causes the fluorescent labeling agent to emit fluorescence. The variable optical element removes the excitation light from the fluorescence by regulation of the distance between the first and second plates.09-01-2011
20090023993SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR COMBINED DISPLAY OF MEDICAL DEVICES - A method and system to display combined information about an in-vivo lumen using several in vivo devices as data sources. A method is provided for interfacing different in vivo devices and viewing integrated results, on a combined display, by receiving in vivo data of at least two in vivo sensing procedures and analyzing the in vivo data to produce the combined representation. The combined representation may be displayed to a user during the course of an in vivo sensing procedure, and the in vivo data of an in vivo sensing procedure may be received and/or analyzed to produce a combined representation in real time.01-22-2009
20110178368METHOD FOR DETERMINING MEASURED DATA FROM THE STOMACH OF A PATIENT - In a method to obtain measurement data from the stomach of a patient using an endoscope, a degassed aqueous drink solution is administered to the stomach of the patient and the measurement data are acquired with the degassed aqueous drink solution present in the stomach.07-21-2011
20110118548ARC-SHAPED FLEXIBLE PRINTED CIRCUIT FILM TYPE ENDOSCOPE USING IMAGING DEVICE WITH DRIVING HOLES - Disclosed herein is an arc-shaped flexible printed circuit film type endoscope using an imaging device with driving holes. The endoscope has an image photographing means and an object insertion means. The endoscope includes a plurality of driving holes which are formed at regular intervals in a longitudinal direction of the object insertion means, and a driving means which rotates while being sequentially inserted into the driving holes, thus moving the object insertion means. The endoscope precisely controls a movement into a small space, makes it easy to inspect a narrow heat transfer tube or gaps formed between heat transfer tubes, achieves high economic efficiency, increases the reliability of endoscopy, and increases a life-span.05-19-2011
20110245608ENDOSCOPIC IMAGING DEVICE AND ENDOSCOPE APPARATUS - An endoscopic imaging device includes an objective optical system, an imaging element, a transmissive protective substrate, an optical member, and a circuit board. The objective optical system imports observation light from a subject. The imaging element captures an image of the observation light. The transmissive protective substrate is disposed on an imaging surface of the imaging element with an air gap interposed therebetween. The optical member is disposed between the objective optical system and the transmissive protective substrate to guide light from the objective optical system to the imaging surface. The circuit board is disposed so that an area where an electronic component is mounted faces the optical member and the electronic component is brought into contact with an outer surface of the optical member.10-06-2011
20110245609VIDEO ADAPTER FOR LARYNGOSCOPE - A portable, low power, low cost, video adapter for a common laryngoscope, having a slim self-illuminating CMOS camera, attachable with a disposable bracket to the laryngoscope blade and connected via flexible wire to the miniature battery powered color LCD monitor that is detachably mounted either on the wrist band or on top of laryngoscope handle.10-06-2011
20110245604CAPSULE ENDOSCOPE AND CAPSULE ENDOSCOPY SYSTEM - The present invention provides a capsule endoscope and a capsule endoscopy system. The capsule endoscope includes a power supply module, an image function module and a power control module. The image function module is configured to capture the image outside the capsule endoscope. The power control module is electrically connected to the power supply module and includes an electronic switch. The power control module controls the electronic switch according to a predetermined condition to control the electric power provided from the power supply module to the image function module. By this configuration, the power control module is able to suspend the power supply until the capsule endoscope reaches the specific location in the digestive tract, and then starts the power supplying to enable the successive image inspection of the capsule endoscope. Therefore, the electric power is conserved to enable the inspection of the end portion of digestive system of the capsule endoscope.10-06-2011
20110137117Miniaturized Imaging Device Including GRIN Lens Optically Coupled to SSID - A miniaturized imaging device and method of viewing small luminal cavities are described. The imaging device can be used as part of a catheter, and can include a solid state imaging device (SSID) including an imaging array, and a graduated refractive index (GRIN) lens optically coupled to the imaging array of the SSID.06-09-2011
20110245605Needle Delivered Imaging Device - A hollow elongated cylinder is disclosed having a distal end and a proximal end, the proximal end configured to be removably connectable to a distal end of a syringe. An umbilical is removably inserted within said cylinder and configured for detachable connection to a data processor and a display device having a solid state imaging device disposed on a distal end of the umbilical. A lens system is disposed on a distal end of the solid state imaging device. The umbilical is inserted within the cylinder such that the distal end of the lens system is disposed at approximately the distal end of the cylinder.10-06-2011
20100261960LIVING-BODY OBSERVATION SYSTEM AND DRIVING METHOD OF THE LIVING-BODY OBSERVATION SYSTEM - A living-body observation system of the present invention is provided with: an in-vivo observation apparatus including: an in-vivo information acquiring section; a power source section; a magnetic field detection section that detects a magnetic field from outside and outputs a detected result as an electric signal; and a power supply section that controls a supply state of driving power supplied to the in-vivo information acquiring section, and the operation of the in-vivo information acquiring section, based on the electric signal; and a magnetic field generating section that is disposed outside the in-vivo observation apparatus and generates the magnetic field, wherein the power supply section includes a control section that controls the operation of the in-vivo information acquiring section of the in-vivo observation apparatus.10-14-2010
20110245607ENDOSCOPIC GASEOUS MATERIAL FEED SYSTEM - An endoscopic gaseous material feed system comprises an endoscope 10-06-2011
20110245606ENDOSCOPIC GASEOUS MATERIAL FEED SYSTEM - An endoscopic gaseous material feed system comprises a gas feeder 10-06-2011
20090048483DEVICE FOR INSERTION GUIDE AND ENDOSCOPE HAVING THE SAME - A colonoscope as an endoscope has an insertion tube for insertion in a patient's gastrointestinal tract. A head portion is disposed at an end of the insertion tube, for inspecting a large intestine. In combination with this, a device for insertion guide includes a base tube mounted on the head portion. Two propulsion fins are disposed on the base tube to extend in an axial direction of the head portion. A driving mechanism with balloons shifts the propulsion fins between closed and open positions. The propulsion fins, when in the closed position, are disposed to extend along the head portion, and when in the open position, are deployed in a radial direction by setting a distal fin end thereof away from the head portion, to propel the head portion inserted in the large intestine. Furthermore, the balloons set the propulsion fins in the open position alternately with one another.02-19-2009
20120245415Systematic Chromoendoscopy and Chromocolonoscopy As A Novel Systematic Method to Examine Organs with Endoscopic Techniques - An endoscopic screening system uses an apparatus has an endoscope with an upper/lower wheel and a right/left wheel for controlling bending of an endoscope tip within an organ being imaged; an intelligent mouthpiece adapted to precisely measure inclination of the endoscope using marks in degrees in both the novel mouth piece and in the new shaft; an endoscope shaft having both cross and longitudinal marks along a longitudinal length for digitalization of output to precisely obtain the length of insertion from a reference point to a tip of the endoscope; and an angulation device for measuring rotation of the upper/lower and right/left wheels. Every portion/part/side located within an organ is already assigned an alphanumeric code as part of the new nomenclature. The endoscopic screening system allows for imaging sequentially of an entire interior surface of a portion of the patient's gastrointestinal tract and image reconstruction of the surface with overlapping redundant pictures without image gaps.09-27-2012
20100063355ENDOSCOPE SYSTEM AND CONTROL METHOD FOR THE SAME - In an endoscope, a solid-state image pickup device images an object, to output an image signal. In a processing apparatus, an illuminator applies normal light and specific light having spectral distribution different from the normal light to the object. A display control unit operates according to the image signal, to cause display of a normal image of the object produced by applying the normal light, and a specific image of the object produced by applying the specific light. A motion detector detects information of relative motion of the object. A controller controls the illuminator, causes alternate emission of the normal and specific light periodically at a storage period of the image pickup device if the motion information is equal to or smaller than a threshold level, and causes emission of the normal light without emitting the specific light if the motion information is greater than the threshold level.03-11-2010
20090216080ELECTRONIC COMMUNICATION SYSTEM AND ENDOSCOPE SYSTEM - An external control device includes a reference clock generating circuit for generating a reference clock, a CPU for generating control data, and a signal superimposing circuit for serially transmitting an external clock signal, composed of the reference clock signal and the control data superimposed thereon, to an electronic device through a signal line. The electronic device includes a PLL circuit for generating an internal clock signal synchronized with a frequency of the external clock signal serially transmitted from the external control device, and a control data extracting circuit for extracting the control data from the external clock signal based on the internal clock signal.08-27-2009
20090216079Capsule Imaging Devices, Systems and Methods for in Vivo Imaging Applications - Novel capsule imaging devices, systems and methods are provided for in vivo imaging applications, such as for gastrointestinal applications. A swallowable video imaging device, such as a capsule, can be used with a light filter for in vivo illumination of a target tissue that has absorbed a previously administered biological probe. The target tissue can be distinguished in images transmitted from the video imaging device. Quantification of the signal intensity of fluorescence can be used to assess how progressed the target tissue may be. The target tissue can be therapeutically treated to shrink or kill the target tissue.08-27-2009
20100056864CAPSULE-TYPE IMAGE PHOTOGRAPHING APPARATUS AND ENDOSCOPY USING THE SAME - Provided are a capsule-type image photographing apparatus and endoscopy using the same. The apparatus includes a shell unit having a globular shape and a main body unit capable of freely rotating in the shell unit. The main body unit includes an image photographing system, a wireless transmitter, a battery, a counterweight for determining the center of gravity of the main body unit, and an encapsulant for fixing the image photographing system, the wireless transmitter, the battery, and the counterweight. The apparatus may be a long-distance capsule-type image photographing apparatus or a short-distance capsule-type image photographing apparatus depending on the position of the counterweight. By use of the long- and short-distance capsule-type image photographing apparatuses, the interior of the tested person's body can be effectively photographed.03-04-2010
20110098530ELECTRONIC ENDOSCOPE - An electronic endoscope is provided that has a new structure for realizing easy and accurate acquisition of detailed image information over a large region.04-28-2011
20110251457ENDOSCOPIC DEVICE AND SYSTEM - An endoscopic system may include a catheter or tubing and at least one optical sensor disposed along the catheter or tubing and configured to capture image information from a body lumen when disposed within the body lumen and activated. The system may further include an untethered module operatively arranged with the at least one optical sensor and configured to store or transmit image information captured by the at least one optical sensor. The catheter or tubing, at least one optical sensor and module may be portable during use.10-13-2011
20110077462Electronic endoscope system, processor for electronic endoscope, and method of displaying vascular information - Illumination light projected into a body cavity includes first to third narrowband rays of different wavelength ranges, at least one of these narrowband rays has a central wavelength of not more than 450 nm. Under these narrowband rays, first to third narrowband image signals are respectively obtained through an endoscope. Based on the first to third narrowband image signals, vascular areas containing blood vessels are determined, and a first luminance ratio between the first and third narrowband signals and a second luminance ratio between the second and third narrowband signals are calculated at every pixel of the vascular areas. From the calculated first and second luminance ratios, information about both the depth and oxygen saturation of the blood vessels is acquired with reference to correlation data that correlates the first and second luminance ratios to the vessel depth and the oxygen saturation.03-31-2011
20100125166VIDEO ENDOSCOPE - The invention is a sideways looking video endoscope which offers a rigid endoscope tube. The optical system has one prism, and an image sensor located behind the optical system, provided on the distal end of the endoscope shaft. On the proximal end of the shaft, a knurled wheel is arranged so as to rotate freely. This wheel is provided with permanent magnets that are arranged at identical angular separations, and associated with Hall sensors located on the front face of the tool holder. The angular position of the rotatable wheel can thus be detected by means of the Hall sensors together with an electronic system that evaluates the signals, and displayed on a monitor. By turning the rotating wheel, the image can be rotated, thus correcting the image position when the endoscope is rotated, such that the viewing direction corresponds to the actual position of the object.05-20-2010
20100240952ENDOSCOPY METHOD AND ENDOSCOPE - With an endoscope including a long, thin inserted portion that is inserted into the body of a patient, securing means for securing the inserted portion to tissue inside the body, the securing means being provided at least at a distal-end portion of the inserted portion, an observation optical system that is provided at the inserted portion and that acquires an image of the tissue, and observation-distance adjusting means for adjusting the distance between the observation optical system and a surface of the tissue, it is possible to attain a stable field of view without having to stop the pulsation or the like of the heart or other tissue.09-23-2010
20110152613ARTICULATED DEVICE WITH VISUALIZATION SYSTEM - An articulated device may include a first steerable multi-linked mechanism and a second steerable multi-linked mechanism. The second steerable multi-linked mechanism may include a first link, a plurality of intermediate links and a second link movably coupled to a second one of the intermediate links A first one of the intermediate links may be movably coupled to the first link The articulated device may include a camera located within at least a portion of the second link and a protective shield connected to a distal end of the second link The protective shield may surround at least a portion of the camera.06-23-2011
20110152614IMAGE PICKUP SYSTEM AND ENDOSCOPE SYSTEM - An image pickup system of the present invention has a light emitting section that emits a first illuminating light and a second illuminating light to an object, an image pickup section that picks up an image of a first return light and an image of a second return light, and outputs the images as image pickup signals respectively, an image generating section that generates a first image and a second image respectively based on the image pickup signals, a differential value calculating section that calculates a first differential value corresponding to the first image and a second differential value corresponding to the second image respectively, a calculation section that performs calculation processing by using the first differential value and the second differential value, and a region discriminating section that discriminates between regions in the object by applying threshold processing to a calculation result of the calculation section.06-23-2011
20120149981MAGNETICALLY MANEUVERABLE IN-VIVO DEVICE - An in-vivo device includes a magnetic steering unit (MSU) to maneuver it by an external electromagnetic field. The MSU may include a permanent magnets assembly to produce a magnetic force for navigating the device. The MSU may include a magnets carrying assembly (MCA) to accommodate the permanent magnet(s). The MCA may be designed to generate eddy currents, in response to AC magnetic field, to apply a repelling force. The in-vivo device may also include a multilayered imaging and sensing printed circuit board (MISP) to capture and transmit images. The MISP may include a sensing coil assembly (SCA) to sense electromagnetic fields to determine a location/orientation/angular position of the in-vivo device. Data representing location/orientation/angular position of the device may be used by a maneuvering system to generate a steering magnetic field to steer the in-vivo device from one location or state to another location or state.06-14-2012
20110160534ENDOSCOPIC NAVIGATION METHOD AND ENDOSCOPIC NAVIGATION SYSTEM - An endoscopic navigation method includes the steps of: receiving an image from an endoscopic navigation system; performing image classification to determined whether the image is usable; performing a first image process on the image to filter out dark areas of the image to produce a first processed image; performing a first determination procedure to identify the dark areas of the first processed image; producing a first result image for indicating lumen direction; performing a second image process to filter out fold curves of the image to produce a second processed image when there is no dark area in the image; performing a second determination procedure to identify the fold curves of the second processed image; producing a second result image for indicating lumen direction according to the fold curves; and outputting the first or the second result image to a display device to assist users in operating the photographic device.06-30-2011
20100069713ELECTRONIC ENDOSCOPE SYSTEM - An electronic endoscope system includes an electronic endoscope having a CMOS image sensor on the tip of an insertion section, a light source device for illuminating the interior of a patient's body, and a processing device for reading out image signals from the CMOS image sensor. The electronic endoscope system can operate with a standard imaging mode and a special imaging mode. When the time taken to read out the image signals from all the pixels in the standard mode is defined as T, the light source device in the special imaging mode emits illumination light in every first half period T/2 while switching a wavelength of the illumination light between two different wavebands. In every second half period T/2, the processing device reads out the image signals from the half of the pixels.03-18-2010
20100004506TISSUE VISUALIZATION AND MANIPULATION SYSTEMS - Tissue visualization and manipulation systems are described herein. Such a system may include a deployment catheter and an attached imaging hood deployable into an expanded configuration. In use, the imaging hood is placed against or adjacent to a region of tissue to be imaged in a body lumen that is normally filled with an opaque bodily fluid such as blood. A translucent or transparent fluid, such as saline, can be pumped into the imaging hood until the fluid displaces any blood, thereby leaving a clear region of tissue to be imaged via an imaging element in the deployment catheter. Additionally, any number of therapeutic tools can also be passed through the deployment catheter and into the imaging hood for treating the tissue region of interest.01-07-2010
20090259098Apparatus and method for endoscopic 3D data collection - An endoscopic apparatus includes a light-generating mechanism for generating at least one modulated measuring beam, a light-transmitting mechanism for conducting the measuring beam onto an area to be observed, where the light-transmitting mechanism includes an illuminating lens, in addition to a light-imaging mechanism for imaging a signal beam from the area to be observed at least onto a phase-sensitive image sensor, which includes a number of pixels, where the light-imaging mechanism includes an imaging lens. At least one additional image sensor is provided and the light-imaging mechanism includes a beam-splitter and/or an optical switch, where at least one adaptive lens is provided for adapting the fields of vision of the image sensors. As a result, an apparatus is created for endoscopic 3D data collection that is suitable for various types of image sensors.10-15-2009
20090105538Endoscope System - An endoscope system includes a catheter having a camera module, a wall mounted unit including an LCD screen, and a control box that processes video images captured by the camera module and output video signals to the LCD screen to display the captured video images.04-23-2009
20110257481ENDOSCOPE - An endoscope includes an insertion section configured to be extended in a front-and-back direction, configured to be inserted into a body cavity, and including an observation optical system for imaging the inside of the body cavity, an endoscope main body configured to be provided on a rear end side of the insertion section and including a gripping section gripped by an operator, a first antenna configured to be arranged at a position closer to the insertion section than the gripping section, and a second antenna configured to be arranged at a position farther from the insertion section than the gripping section. An image obtained by imaging the inside of the body cavity by the observation optical system is converted into a wireless signal, and transmission/reception of the wireless signal to/from the outside of the endoscope is enabled through at least one of the first and second antennas.10-20-2011
20120302829ENDOSCOPE - An endoscope includes an insertion section, a first bending mechanism, a drive unit, a second bending mechanism, an operation-unit body, a grip, an angle mechanism, an operation member, and a control unit. The angle mechanism is provided on the operation-unit body and configured to set, to the first direction, a first operation input for bending the bending part in the first direction, and configured to transmit the first operation input to the first bending part. The operation member is provided on the grip or the operation-unit body and configured to set, to the second direction, an input direction of a second operation input for bending the bending part in the second direction.11-29-2012
20120203065GLOBAL AND SEMI-GLOBAL REGISTRATION FOR IMAGE-BASED BRONCHOSCOPY GUIDANCE - Two system-level bronchoscopy guidance solutions are presented. The first incorporates a global-registration algorithm to provide the physician with updated navigational and guidance information during bronchoscopy. The system can handle general navigation to a region of interest (ROI), as well as adverse events, and it requires minimal commands so that it can be directly controlled by the physician. The second solution visualizes the global picture of all the bifurcations and their relative orientations in advance and suggests the maneuvers needed by the bronchoscope to approach the ROI. Guided bronchoscopy results using human airway-tree phantoms demonstrate the potential of the two solutions.08-09-2012
20080255414FLUORESCENT NANOPARTICLE SCOPE - Various compositions, methods, and devices are provided that use fluorescent nanoparticles to function as markers, indicators, and light sources. In one embodiment, an endoscopic adaptor is provided for viewing fluorescent nanoparticles. The adaptor can be configured to removably mate to a portion of an endoscope, such as an eyepiece, and it can be adapted to contain a filter for filtering light received through the viewing lumen of the eyepiece. In an exemplary embodiment, the filter is configured to transmit fluorescent light while blocking visible light, to thereby enable a structure containing one or more fluorescent nanoparticles to be viewed through the endoscope.10-16-2008
20110015484ENDOSCOPIC ROBOTIC CATHETER SYSTEM - A robotic catheter system includes a controller with a master input device. An instrument driver is in communication with the controller and has a elongate instrument interface including a plurality of instrument drive elements responsive to control signals generated, at least in part, by the master input device. An elongate instrument has a base, distal end, and a working lumen, wherein the guide instrument base is operatively coupled to the guide instrument interface. The elongate instrument preferably comprises and/or defines other lumens to accommodate instruments such as an optics bundle, a light bundle, a laser fiber, and flush irrigation. The working lumen preferably is configured to accommodate a grasping or capturing tool, such as a collapsible basket or grasper, for use in procedures such as kidney stone interventions. The elongate instrument includes a plurality of instrument control elements operatively coupled to respective drive elements and secured to the distal end of the instrument. The instrument control elements are axially moveable relative to the guide instrument such that movement of the guide instrument distal end may be controlled by the master input device.01-20-2011
20110054252ENDOSCOPE HAVING OPTICAL FIBERS - An endoscope for image pickup of an object by receiving image light with an image sensor includes an elongated tube. A fiber optic image guide includes a plurality of optical fibers being bundled, and has a distal tip, is inserted through the elongated tube, for transmitting the image light focused on the distal tip by an objective lens system in a proximal direction. A piezoelectric actuator is disposed on an outer side of the fiber optic image guide, for periodically displacing the distal tip, wherein the image sensor picks up the image light from the fiber optic image guide for plural times in synchronism with displacement, to form one synthesized image. A hood device is mounted on a head assembly of the elongated tube, and shiftable between a closed position for covering a distal end face of the head assembly and an open position for revealing the distal end face.03-03-2011
20110021874ENDOSCOPE APPARATUS AND METHOD - An endoscope apparatus includes: an imaging unit which takes an image of an object; a display which displays the image and a cursor; an illumination unit which illuminates the object; a pointing device which is for placing the cursor; and a control unit which continuously monitors a cursor position placed by the pointing device, and continuously controls the illumination unit in accordance with a luminance of a partial region of the image corresponding to the cursor position so as to modulate a luminance condition of the image.01-27-2011
20110021873ENDOSCOPE APPARATUS AND MEASUREMENT METHOD - An endoscope apparatus according to an aspect of the invention comprises an imaging unit, a detection unit, a process unit, and a measurement unit. The imaging unit comprises an imaging device and generates a first image having two fields by imaging a subject by performing interlaced driving for the imaging device. The detection unit detects the amount of shake of the first image. The process unit generates a second image from the first image based on the amount of shake. The measurement unit measures the subject based on the second image.01-27-2011
20110263935INTUBATION SYSTEMS AND METHODS BASED ON AIRWAY PATTERN IDENTIFICATION - An intubation system of the present disclosure intubates based on an airway pattern indicating a trachea opening. The airway pattern is determined from analysis of airway data detected by a trachea identifying device disposed on a moveable guide stylet of the intubation system. A navigation element is generated based on the airway pattern. In one embodiment, the airway pattern is a gas exchange pattern indicating a trachea opening. In another embodiment, the trachea opening transition pattern is a topographic pattern indicating a trachea opening. The guide stylet is capable of moving in a plurality of degrees of freedom in the airway following the guidance from the navigation element.10-27-2011
20100292534BODY-INTRODUCABLE APPARATUS AND MEDICAL SYSTEM - A body-introducable apparatus includes: a light source unit having a first light source that outputs first light and a second light source that outputs second light in a wavelength band different from that of the first light; a light distribution matching unit that matches distributions of the first light and the second light; an illuminating control unit that illuminates the inside of the subject by driving the light source unit; and an imaging unit that captures an image of the inside of the subject.11-18-2010
20110118549Endoscopic camera module package and method of manufacturing the same - There is provided an endoscopic camera module package including: a lens part including at least one lens arranged along an optical axis; a flexible printed circuit board having an image sensor mounted thereon, the image sensor allowing light passing through the lens part to form an image; and a housing including an image sensor supporting frame allowing the image sensor to be supported at a rear of the lens part while the flexible printed circuit board is bent.05-19-2011
20100324365Diagnostic Capsule with Software that Triggers Imaging Equipment - Disclosed is a compact ingestible capsule that can transmit gut-diagnostic data to a computer. In a preferred embodiment, the capsule can transmit data such as enzyme concentration and pH, while a program generates triggers that can be used to activate imaging equipment to disclose the location of the capsule at a trigger event.12-23-2010
20100121143ENDOSCOPE APPARATUS AND SCANNING ENDOSCOPE PROCESSOR - An endoscope apparatus, comprising an imaging controller, a receiver, and an image generator, is provided. The imaging controller makes an optical image to be captured so that the amount of optical information to be captured per a certain area size for an enlarged observation area is greater than that for a normal observation area. The receiver receives the optical information as a pixel signal. The image generator generates a normal image signal corresponding to a normal image on the basis of the pixel signals captured within the normal observation area and a part of the pixel signals captured within the enlarged observation area. The image generator generates an enlarged image signal corresponding to an enlarged image on the basis of the pixel signals captured within the enlarged observation area.05-13-2010
20100121142Minimally Invasive Imaging Device - Aspects of the invention include minimally invasive internal target tissue site imaging devices. Devices according to embodiments of the invention include an elongate member dimensioned to access an internal target tissue location, e.g., an intervertebral disc, and having a proximal end and a distal end; a white light source at the distal end; a near-infra-red light source the distal end; and an imaging sensor at the distal end. Also provided are methods of using the systems in imaging applications, as well as kits for performing the methods.05-13-2010
20090171149CAPSULE ENDOSCOPE - A capsule endoscope includes a capsule casing and interior components housed therein whose total specific gravity is set such that the capsule casing floats in liquid introduced into a subject. The capsule endoscope also includes a gravity center position setting unit that sets a position of center of gravity of the capsule casing at a decentered position so that the capsule casing is stabilized in the liquid introduced into the subject without rotating except for rotation about an axis in a direction of the center of gravity; and an imager that takes an in-vivo image in a body cavity with an imaging field being set so that a surface of the liquid is out of view when the capsule casing floats in the liquid introduced into the subject in a stabilized posture.07-02-2009
20090171148Capsule endoscope system having a sensing and data discriminating device and discrimination method thereof - A capsule endoscope system having a sensing and data discriminating device and the discrimination method thereof are proposed. After a sensor captures data, a data processor performs the extraction of a characteristic value from the data and then comparison and discrimination. Data are then divided into two types: one to be transmitted and the other not to be transmitted. The redundancy of data transmission can be reduced, the amount of data transmission can be lowered, and the effect of power saving can also be accomplished.07-02-2009
20110137118MEDICAL INSPECTION DEVICE - An improved medical inspection device comprises a hand-held module, a display module, coupled to the hand-held module, a first circuit module electrically connected to the display module, and an inspection module. The display module includes an image display module, settled on a first surface of the display module, for displaying a video signal received by the display module. The inspection module is detachably coupled to the display module and comprises an inspection portion arranged at a front end of the inspection module. The inspection portion comprises a lens for taking an image of an external target object, an image sensing unit for receiving the image taken by the lens and converting the image into a video signal, a light source for emitting and projecting a light onto the target object, and a second circuit module configured to be capable of being electrically connected to the first circuit module and transmit the video signal from the image sensing unit to the display module.06-09-2011
20110071352METHOD OF CONTROLLING ENDOSCOPE AND ENDOSCOPE - An endoscope 03-24-2011
20110071351APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR SIMULATION OF DIASTOLE AND VISUALIZING THE DIASTOLIC STATE OF AN AORTIC VALVE AND ROOT DURING CARDIAC SURGERY - A device for evaluating an aortic valve after opening an aorta distal to the aortic valve includes a body defining a chamber. The body has a generally circular proximal open end and a distal end, the proximal open end being configured to be reversibly attachable to one of the aorta and a short open tube distal to the aortic valve in a generally water-tight fashion. At least a portion of the body is transparent to view the aortic valve. Other embodiments of the device and related methods are further disclosed.03-24-2011
20120209064ENDOSCOPE APPARATUS AND METHOD OF SETTING REFERENCE IMAGE OF ENDOSCOPE APPARATUS - An endoscope apparatus 08-16-2012
20120209069COLLISION AVOIDANCE AND DETECTION USING DISTANCE SENSORS - An endoscopic method involves an advancement of an endoscope (08-16-2012
20110190582INTRAVAGINAL OPTICS TARGETING SYSTEM - Intravaginal monitoring devices (IMDs) with adjustable optics assemblies support local and remote control of mechanical and electro-mechanical mechanisms associated with multiple imagers and other sensors for tailoring an IMD to meet the specific dimensions and characteristics of various female reproduce systems. Such mechanisms also assist in guiding and analyzing pathways through a vaginal channel to and including a cervix. Exemplary pivoting, rotational, and telescopic infrastructures with integrated, local and remote control and monitoring are supported with external visual displays of images and video streams in devices such as phones, tablet and laptop computers, and servers for use by a patient or any medical support staff. Such multiple images or video streams may be combined to provide an enhanced viewing experience.08-04-2011
20110196202CAPSULE GUIDING SYSTEM - A capsule guiding system includes: a capsule medical device that is introduced into a subject and takes an in-vivo image in the subject; a capsule guiding unit that guides the capsule medical device; an image acquisition unit that acquires the in-vivo image of the subject from the capsule medical device; a display unit that displays the in-vivo image of the subject acquired by the image acquisition unit; a storage unit that sequentially stores guidance information of the capsule guiding unit that guides the capsule medical device; an input unit that inputs instruction information to instruct backward moving of the capsule medical device; and a control unit that controls, when the instruction information is input, the capsule guiding unit such that the capsule medical device backwardly moves on a trajectory based on the guidance information of the capsule guiding unit stored in the storage unit.08-11-2011
20100191055CAPSULE TYPE MEDICAL APPARATUS AND CAPSULE TYPE MEDICAL SYSTEM - The present invention provides a capsule type medical apparatus that can receive, in a subject, an external signal transmitted from an outside of the subject and transmitted via a conductor existing in the subject, including: a cover member that is formed of a dielectric and covers components of the capsule type medical apparatus; a plurality of electrodes that are formed of conductors, are provided in tight contact with an inner wall side of the cover member, and receive the external signal; an inductor circuit that is connected in series to each of the plurality of electrodes, and has an inductance value set to configure a resonant circuit having a frequency substantially equal to a carrier frequency of the external signal as a resonant frequency; and a signal receiving circuit to which the external signal received by the plurality of electrodes and a potential difference of the external signal are inputted.07-29-2010
20110190580ANALYSIS ENGINE WITHIN A NETWORK SUPPORTING INTRAVAGINAL MONITORING - An intravaginal monitoring device in a supporting network, and including supporting devices such as servers, computing devices and phone (of both medical staff and patients), together participate to collect, exchange and display data relating to a female reproductive system. Therein, and within one or many of such systems, analysis operations are performed to at least assist in reaching conclusions relating to a status of the reproductive system under service. As input to the analysis operations, one or more of, for example, (i) current and historical sensor data of varying types such as imager, temperature, pH, glucose, EKG, etc.; (ii) general medical information; (iii) patient and medical staff input; and (iv) input from other medical systems or processes. The output of analysis operations at least assists in the drawing of intermediate and final status conclusions. Analysis operations are supported by various visual working environments tailored for patients, medical staff, and third party computing systems.08-04-2011
20110190581INTRAVAGINAL MONITORING SUPPORT ARCHITECTURE - An intravaginal monitoring device supporting network infrastructure, including a smart phone with applications supporting female's healthcare diagnostics. The intravaginal monitoring device communicates via a communication interface to local external devices. The intravaginal monitoring device also communicates with external (central) support servers, smart phones, healthcare professional's supporting systems and devices, research and development systems and devices, pharmaceutical computing systems and devices via wired and/or wireless network pathways. The data flows from the intravaginal monitoring device, to a remote device, e.g. smart phone, and includes image (or sensor) data collected within a memory (e.g. a built-in memory or memory stick) of the intravaginal monitoring device, and then is delivered for inspection, suggestions, annotations, recommendations, discussions and/or treatment, to another device communicatively linked to a cellular network, and Internet, used by a user, one or more healthcare professionals, one or more user forums, research and developmental or pharmaceutical professionals or for secure storage at a remote site. The data is sent in an encrypted form so as to be able to maintain privacy of a female, that is, without the female's (user's) authorization the data cannot be seen or used by anyone within the support network infrastructure in an unauthorized manner.08-04-2011
20110190579INTRAVAGINAL MONITORING DEVICE - The invention relates to an intravaginal monitoring device, method of intravaginal monitoring, and system and network for intravaginal monitoring. The intravaginal monitoring device and or network includes multiple modes of operation that enable non-pregnancy monitoring, pregnancy testing, pregnancy monitoring, STD detection, precancerous condition monitoring, cancerous condition monitoring, pre-birth monitoring and prediction, neo-natal monitoring, ovulation monitoring, an automated rhythm method, among various applications of the device, method and network of the present invention.08-04-2011
20110263937RIGID ENDOSCOPE - The rigid endoscope has a shank-like middle part, on which a handle connects on a proximal side and which on a distal side includes a distal part with an optics window. The handle is arranged offset or obliquely to a longitudinal axis of the middle part, as well as of the distal part, in order to provide free space in the region of the handle of the working instrument as well as on the distal side of the tool.10-27-2011
20110178369SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR INTUBATION - An intubation device is provided. An intubation device comprises a movable guide configured to guide an insertion of an endotracheal tube into a trachea of a patient, the guide having a guide extension and a guide tip; an external trachea identifier source external to the trachea and disposed on the patient during an intubation, wherein the trachea identifier source generates and transmits a signal; at least one trachea condition sensor disposed on the guide tip to detect the signal generated by the trachea identifier source; and a guide control device operatively coupled to the guide, the guide control device configured to move the guide into the trachea in response to the detected signal.07-21-2011
20100030021Image Display Apparatus, Endoscope System Using the Same, and Image Display Method - An image display apparatus according to the present invention includes: a storage unit which stores an image group including a same number of first and second images which have a coincident positional relationship with respect to a subject and are respectively obtained through different image processes; a display unit which displays at least the first image in a display area; an input unit which indicates a display switching area of the first image displayed in the display area; and a display controller which controls the display unit to keep displaying the first image in an image part outside the display switching area and to switch an image part inside the display switching area of the first image to an image part, having a coincident positional relationship with the image part inside the display switching area of the first image with respect to the subject, of the second image.02-04-2010
20100030020Optical surgical device and method of use - An optical device includes a shaft, a handle and a camera assembly. The handle is coupled to the shaft at a first end, and the camera assembly is coupled to the shaft at a second end. Camera circuitry and software may be provided in the shaft and the handle, so that, in one embodiment, the device may be constructed with reusable portions of the camera circuitry and software.02-04-2010
20100022830MEDICAL-INFORMATION MANAGEMENT NETWORK SYSTEM - A medical-information management network system including a receiving device that stores in-vivo images captured by a body-insertable apparatus that is inserted into a subject; one or more image display devices that are connected to the receiving device to obtain the in-vivo images stored in the receiving device and perform predetermined processes; and one or more medical-information management servers that are connected with the image display device on a network. The medical-information management server has a management unit that collects information transferred from the image display device and unifies the management of the information.01-28-2010
20100022828MEDICAL APPARATUS - A medical apparatus includes a power supply section which supplies necessary power to respective sections in the medical apparatus, a maintaining section (a delay circuit 01-28-2010
20110218400SURGICAL INSTRUMENT WITH INTEGRATED WIRELESS CAMERA - A surgical instrument including an integrated wireless camera includes a handle assembly housing control circuitry. An elongated shaft extends from the handle assembly and includes an end effector disposed at a distal end thereof. An image sensor assembly is disposed toward the distal end of the elongated shaft and is electrically coupled to the control circuitry. The image sensor assembly is configured to convert an optical image into an electrical signal and communicate the electrical signal to the control circuitry. The control circuitry is configured to process the signal and wirelessly transmit the processed signal to a wireless receiver positioned remote of the surgical instrument.09-08-2011
20110218397IMAGE PROCESSING SYSTEM, EXTERNAL DEVICE AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD - An image processing method includes the steps of: receiving image data from a body-insertable apparatus having a plurality of imaging units that captures an image of inside of a subject and generates image data and an identification information adding unit that adds identification information for identifying an imaging unit that generates the image data to the image data; displaying a list of the selected image data by the identification information; and switching image data to be displayed in the list displaying step from image data of the one identification information being displayed to image data of the other identification information.09-08-2011
20100016661RECEIVING APPARATUS AND IN-VIVO INFORMATION ACQUIRING SYSTEM USING THE SAME - An object of the invention is to receive, with a high sensitivity, a radio signal transmitted within a short time before a capsule endoscope reaches the stomach of a subject and acquire, in a satisfactory state, information on the interior of the subject such as image data picked up by the capsule endoscope. The receiving apparatus according to the invention includes a plurality of receiving antennas including a specified receiving antenna for receiving a radio signal from a capsule endoscope before the stomach is reached, a switching controller, an arrival determining unit and a mode switching unit. The switching controller performs a control operation for switching to and maintaining the receiving antenna in an initial mode or a control operation for switching to the receiving antennas in a normal mode. The arrival determining unit determines whether the capsule endoscope has reached the stomach or not. The mode switching unit instructs the switching controller to perform the control operation for switching to the initial mode, and upon determination that the stomach has been reached, gives the instruction to perform the control operation for switching to the normal mode.01-21-2010
20100022829Video Endoscope With Switchable Semiconductor Light Sources - A video endoscope has an endoscope part having a central image signal conductor, at least one optical waveguide, and a light supplying part which can be coupled to a proximal end of said endoscope part. The light supplying part has a central image signal conductor connection at a distal end thereof, and a light supply arranged coaxially around said central image signal conductor connection. The light supply has a plurality of light-emitting elements, each of said light-emitting elements can be supplied by means of a switchable semiconductor light source. Position sensors are arranged in an area of said light-emitting elements, and position indicators are arranged in an area of said optical waveguide. A position of said position indicators can be detected by said position sensors when said endoscope part and said light supplying part are coupled. Based on a detection of said position indicator, at least those light-emitting elements lying opposite to said optical waveguide are activated.01-28-2010
20130012775TRANSMITTING AND RECEIVING APPARATUS, ANTENNA UNIT, AND BODY-INSERTABLE APPARATUS SYSTEM - A transmitting and receiving apparatus that is connected with each of plural connection targets, which include an antenna unit and a charger, to perform transmission/reception of signals. The transmitting and receiving apparatus includes a connection portion that is provided on a surface of a reception main body unit of the transmitting and receiving apparatus, connectable with the antenna unit and another connection target, and is connected, at one time, with only one connection target to prevent a malfunction.01-10-2013
20130012774RECEIVING APPARATUS AND CAPSULE ENDOSCOPE SYSTEM - A receiving apparatus includes: a plurality of receiving antennas in which active circuits are provided; a selection controller that performs control of selecting one receiving antenna that receives a radio signal transmitted from the outside from the plurality of receiving antennas and supplying power only to the selected receiving antenna; and an abnormality detector that detects abnormality of the selected receiving antenna based on a voltage when power is supplied to the receiving antenna selected by the selection controller.01-10-2013
20130012773Endoscopic Camera Component Manufacturing Method - The invention provides an endoscope having a lens holder, wherein the lens holder comprises a body containing a sintered feedstock and machined surfaces. The invention also provides a method of manufacturing the endoscope which comprises the steps of molding a metal blank by a MIM process, wherein the metal blank is “near net shape” and has a sprue, a post, and optionally an outer shell, machining the inner surfaces and then the outer surfaces of the metal blank to form a lens holder, installing a lens in the lens holder, and assembling the lens holder having the lens into the endoscope.01-10-2013
20110306833FLOW REDUCTION HOOD SYSTEMS - Flow reduction hood systems are described which facilitate the visualization of tissue regions through a clear fluid. Such a system may include an imaging hood having one or more layers covering the distal opening and defines one or more apertures which control the infusion and controlled retention of the clearing fluid into the hood. In this manner, the amount of clearing fluid may be limited and the clarity of the imaging of the underlying tissue through the fluid within the hood may be maintained for relatively longer periods of time by inhibiting, delaying, or preventing the infusion of surrounding blood into the viewing field. The aperture size may be controlled to decrease or increase through selective inflation of the membrane or other mechanisms.12-15-2011
20110306832FOLDING ENDOSCOPE AND METHOD OF USING THE SAME - Disclosed is a folding endoscope with incorporated optical sensors and light sources. The foldable endoscope includes a housing having first and second ends and a longitudinal axis and at least one channel extending between the first and second ends and associated ports at the first and second ends for inserting surgical instruments through the housing into a surgical site. The endoscope includes three elongate arms having first and second ends and being pivotally connected at the first ends thereof to the first end of the housing. A camera and light source are mounted on each of the elongate arms such that when the elongate arms are deployed the cameras have a field of view in a generally forward direction away from the housing. A linkage mechanism is connected to the elongate arms, and an actuator is connected to the linkage mechanism. The linkage mechanism, upon activation by the actuator, is configured to pivotally deploy the three elongate arms from a closed position in which the elongate arms are aligned along the longitudinal axis to an open position with the second ends of the elongate arms radially spaced from the longitudinal axis.12-15-2011
20110306831ENDOSCOPE WITH A BENDING PORTION - An endoscope (12-15-2011
20090099417DISPOSABLE ENDOSCOPE - This invention relates to an endoscope, particularly a bronchoscope, incorporating one or more multifunctional component made of a material that is multifunctional. The endoscopes of this invention comprise at least one multifunctional component having more than one function wherein the functions were previously performed separately by individual components.04-16-2009
20120232343MULTI CAMERA ENDOSCOPE ASSEMBLY HAVING MULTIPLE WORKING CHANNELS - There is provided herein an endoscope assembly, the assembly comprising at least one front-pointing camera and at least one front illuminator associated therewith, at least one side-pointing camera and at least one of side illuminator associated therewith, a first front working channel configured for insertion of a medical tool and a second front working channel configured for insertion of a medical tool.09-13-2012
20120209068ENDOSCOPE APPARATUS - An endoscope apparatus includes a housing. The housing includes an upper portion provided with the display part, and a lower portion provided with the manipulating part and having the insertion part connected thereto, at least a portion of the back face of the lower portion is set so that the fundamental shape thereof is convex toward a proximal end portion of the insertion part, the convex portion is a grip face on which a user's fingers are arranged when the user holds the housing, and wherein the housing is held such that the thumb of one hand of a user is located at a distal end of a manipulating rod, the other fingers in the one hand of the user are located above and below the proximal end portion of the insertion part in the grip face, and the thumb and the other fingers face each other.08-16-2012
20120209067ENDOSCOPE APPARATUS - An endoscope apparatus includes an insertion part having an imaging mechanism at a distal end portion and which is bendable and elongated; a display part which displays an image acquired by an imaging mechanism; a manipulating part which performs curving manipulation of the insertion part; and a housing which the display part and the manipulating part are provided to a front face thereof, and which connects the insertion part with a back face opposite to the front face. The housing is capable of being self-supported in a state where the edge of the back face at the display part, and a connecting portion between the insertion part and the housing are brought into contact with the ground.08-16-2012
20120065469CATHETER WITH IMAGING ASSEMBLY - A catheter with an imaging assembly is disclosed. The catheter is used with a console for viewing and/or storing images obtained from the catheter. The catheter may be a feeding tube assembly. The imaging assembly on the feeding tube assembly allows a user to confirm placement of the feeding tube assembly in the patient's alimentary canal.03-15-2012
20120010466TRANSDUCER/SENSOR ASSEMBLY - An imaging transducer assembly is combined with a sensor of a medical positioning system, forming a transducer/sensor assembly. In one embodiment, the sensor includes a coil proximally coupled with the imaging transducer. A cable having first and second wires are proximally coupled to the coil. A non-conductive potting layer is wrapped around the coil. Traces are formed in the non-conductive potting layer that are used to electrically couple the imaging transducer with the first and second wires of the cable.01-12-2012
20120010465ENDOSCOPE APPARATUS - A first irradiation portion that radiates white light onto a subject, a second irradiation portion that radiates narrow bandwidth light having a narrower wavelength bandwidth than the white light, and an observation window used to observe the subject are respectively disposed on a leading end surface of an endoscope insertion portion. Each of the first and second irradiation portions includes a pair of irradiation windows for emitting light therefrom. A straight line passing through a center point of the observation window and bisecting the leading end surface is defined as a boundary line. The pair of irradiation windows of the first irradiation portion are disposed on both sides of the boundary line. The pair of irradiation windows of the second irradiation portion are disposed on the both sides of the boundary line. Spectra of lights radiated from the irradiation windows of the second irradiation portion can be changed individually.01-12-2012
20100016662Radial Scanner Imaging System - A radial scanner configured to image the interior of a tube includes, in an embodiment, a housing having a transparent window, a photo-sensing array, a mirror located within the housing and oriented to direct an image around a circumference of an interior surface of the tube outside the transparent window to the photo-sensing array, and a light source configured to illuminate the interior surface of the tube, wherein the photo-sensing array is configured to receive the image around the circumference as a circular line scan. In an embodiment, the radial scanner is deployed as an ingestible capsule. In another embodiment, the radial scanner is deployed as a fiber optic catheter.01-21-2010
20110166418MEDICAL IMAGE PROCESSING SYSTEM AND A METHOD FOR PROCESSING A MEDICAL IMAGE - The medical image processing device comprises a detection part, a storage part, an image generation part, and a display-control part. The detection part detects positions and directions of an endoscope. The storage part stores medical image data showing tubular tissues generated by a medical imaging device different from the endoscope. The image generation part generates virtual endoscopic image data showing the internal portion of the tubular tissues based on the medical image data having a position that is a predetermined distance away from the position of the endoscope as a viewpoint. The display-control part receives endoscopic image data showing the internal portion of the tubular tissues generated by the endoscope and displays an endoscopic image based on the endoscopic image data and a virtual endoscopic image based on the virtual endoscopic image data on a display part.07-07-2011
20120065468MULTI-VIEWING ELEMENT ENDOSCOPE - There is provided herein a tip section of a multi-viewing element endoscope, the tip section comprising: two or more side-pointing viewing elements positioned at or in proximity to a distal end of said tip section, wherein each of said two or more side-pointing viewing elements having a discrete illuminator associated therewith, wherein the field of view provided by the two or more side-pointing viewing elements covers a front and side views; a working channel configured for insertion of a surgical tool; and a pathway fluid injector for inflating and/or cleaning a body cavity into which the endoscope is inserted.03-15-2012
20120065470ROBOTIC SYSTEM TO AUGMENT ENDOSCOPES - A robotic system for steerable tip endoscopes includes a support arm, an endoscope gripping assembly rotatably connected to the support arm by a rotation assembly, and a translation assembly operatively connected to the support arm. The endoscope gripping assembly is configured to grip any one of a plurality of differently structured endoscopes, the translation assembly is configured to move the support arm along a linear direction to thereby move an endoscope when held by the endoscope gripping assembly along an axial direction, and the rotation assembly is configured to rotate the endoscope along a longitudinal axis of rotation.03-15-2012
20120016199IMAGE PICKUP OPTICAL SYSTEM FOR CAPSULE ENDOSCOPE - To widen an angle of view and make an image surface coincide with the neighborhood of an image pickup surface over the whole angle of view.01-19-2012
20120016198MEDICAL APPARATUS - A medical apparatus configured to be introduced into a body, includes: an image pickup apparatus for picking up an image in the body; a cable extended from the image pickup apparatus, and configured to transmit and receive a signal or power to and from an external device, the cable being pulled out from inside to outside the body through a body wall; an electric terminal portion disposed at an end portion of the cable, which includes an electric contact and is configured to be electrically connected to the external device; a cover body which is configured to cover at least the electric contact and to be adhered watertightly to the electric terminal portion with a predetermined strength, the cover body being grasped when the cable is pulled out from inside to outside the body; and an easy-peel portion for detaching the cover body from the electric terminal portion.01-19-2012
20120310044ENDOSCOPIC VISION SYSTEM - The present invention relates to an endoscopic visioning system and related method for both forward and backward viewing of a body lumen. According to an embodiment, the system includes an endoscope, a vision head including a light source and a vision chip on both a proximal and a distal side of the vision head, and an extension arm for moving the vision head away from and back toward the endoscope. Alternatively, the light source and vision chip may be contained in a distal end of the endoscope. In such an alternative embodiment, the vision head is a parabolic mirror mounted on the extension arm for reflecting images, for example, from behind the distal end of the endoscope to the vision chip in the distal end of the endoscope to permit, for example, a retrograde view of the surgical site entrance.12-06-2012
20120310043STRUCTURE OF IMAGING PART IN ELECTRONIC VISUALIZED CATHETER - An imaging part of an electronic visualized catheter including, an object lens system, and a solid state imaging element which is positioned to receive light output from the object lens system and which photoelectrically converts the light output from the object lens system into an electric signal, wherein an output lens face of the object lens system is planar, and the output lens face is joined to a light receiving surface of the solid state imaging element.12-06-2012
20120022327CAPSULE ENDOSCOPE - Widening an angle of view, and obtaining a clear image with no distortion by sufficiently correcting an aberration caused by widening the angle of view.01-26-2012
20120022326INTUBATING STYLETS AND SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR INTUBATION - An intubating stylet has a proximal end and a distal end. The intubating stylet includes a housing at the proximal end of the stylet and a tip portion at the distal end of the stylet. The tip portion has a distal gear at its proximal end. An outer shaft extends from the housing to the tip portion and contains an inner shaft defining a hollow lumen. A distal end of the inner shaft includes a proximal gear coupled with the distal gear of the tip portion such that rotation of the inner shaft causes articulation of the tip portion. The stylet further includes a drive member in the housing and a control member coupled with the drive member. The drive member is coupled to the inner shaft and configured to rotate the inner shaft, and the control member is configured to receive a user input and to translate the input into operation of the drive member.01-26-2012
20110082335OPTICAL STRUCTURE OBSERVATION APPARATUS, STRUCTURE INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD OF THE SAME AND ENDOSCOPE APPARATUS INCLUDING OPTICAL STRUCTURE OBSERVATION APPARATUS - An optical structure observation apparatus which acquires a plurality of pieces of optical structure information of a measured object having a layer structure obtained by scanning a scan surface including a first direction which is a depth direction of the measured object and a second direction orthogonal to the first direction, using a low coherence light, while shifting a position along a third direction which is a direction orthogonal to the scan surface, and constructs an optical stereoscopic structure image based on the acquired plurality of pieces of the optical structure information, comprising: 04-07-2011
20120059220APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR FOUR DIMENSIONAL SOFT TISSUE NAVIGATION IN ENDOSCOPIC APPLICATIONS - A surgical instrument navigation system is provided that visually simulates a virtual volumetric scene of a body cavity of a patient from a point of view of a surgical instrument residing in the cavity of the patient. The surgical instrument navigation system includes: a surgical instrument; an imaging device which is operable to capture scan data representative of an internal region of interest within a given patient; a tracking subsystem that employs electro-magnetic sensing to capture in real-time position data indicative of the position of the surgical instrument; a data processor which is operable to render a volumetric, perspective image of the internal region of interest from a point of view of the surgical instrument; and a display which is operable to display the volumetric perspective image of the patient.03-08-2012
20120157769CAPSULE ENDOSCOPE - An embodiment comprises and apparatus having an image capture device with an image axis and a gyroscope operable to indicate the orientation of the image axis. An embodiment of a capsule endoscopy system comprises an imaging capsule and an external unit. The imaging capsule may comprise an image capture device having an image axis and a gyroscope operable to indicate the orientation of the image axis. The external unit may comprise a gyroscope operable to indicate an orientation of a subject and a harness wearable by a subject and operable to align the gyroscope with the subject. The imaging capsule may send and image to an external unit for processing and display, and the external unit may provide for calculation of the image-axis orientation relative to the body.06-21-2012
20120157768ENDOSCOPE SYSTEM, PROCESSOR OF ENDOSCOPE SYSTEM, AND IMAGE PRODUCING METHOD - First illumination light of a first wavelength range, in which light absorption coefficient of blood hemoglobin varies with oxygen saturation thereof, is projected into a test subject body, to capture a first image signal from the first illumination light as reflected from inside the test subject body. Then second illumination light of a second wavelength range different from the first wavelength range is projected into a test subject body, to capture a second image signal from the second illumination light as reflected from inside the test subject body. A subject image of the test subject is produced from the second image signal. Oxygen saturation levels of the test subject are calculated using the first and second image signals. According to the calculated oxygen saturation levels, color properties of the subject image are changed to produce an oxygen saturation image.06-21-2012
20120209065ENDOSCOPE APPARATUS - An endoscope apparatus includes an insertion part which has an imaging mechanism at a distal end portion; a display part which displays an image acquired by an observation mechanism, a manipulating part which performs curving manipulation of the insertion part; and a housing which accommodates the display part and the manipulating part to a front face thereof, and which connects the insertion part with a back face opposite to the front face. The manipulating part has a swingable first joystick; and a curving mechanism having the first joystick and a manipulating member connected thereto. The swinging center of the first joystick is located inside a region specified by a portion where fingers are arranged in a side view of the housing when a user holds the housing, and by a distal end of the first joystick protruding toward the front face.08-16-2012
20120209066ENDOSCOPE APPARATUS - An endoscope apparatus includes an insertion part which has an imaging mechanism at a distal end portion and which is bendable and elongated; a display part which displays an image acquired by the imaging mechanism; a manipulating part which has a swinging body and which performs curving manipulation of the insertion part; and a housing which provides the display part and the manipulating part to a front face thereof, and which connects the insertion part with a back face opposite to the front face.08-16-2012
20120071718ENDOSCOPE APPARATUS AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING ENDOSCOPE APPARATUS - An endoscope apparatus includes an observation magnification acquisition section that acquires magnification state information that indicates a state of an observation magnification, a motion detection section that detects motion amount information that indicates a relative motion amount of an object and an imaging section of the endoscope apparatus, an imaging period control section that reduces an imaging period of each image that is indicated by an image signal captured by the endoscope apparatus based on the magnification state information and the motion amount information, and a light source control section that controls intensity of illumination light applied to the object corresponding to the imaging period.03-22-2012
20120071717Dressing and method for cleaning and protecting a laparoscopic camera lens intra-abdominally, stomas, appendages, and insertion sites of tubes and catheters - A dressing and method for cleaning a laparoscopic camera lens during surgical procedures when placed around prior art or grasped by prior art and then introduced into the abdominal cavity of a patient and then manipulated against a laparoscopic camera lens cleaning and defogging the lens providing an improved field of site. Further, a dressing and method for protecting and cleaning stomas, appendages, and the insertion sites of tubes and catheters in patients. An annular shaped medical grade polyurethane hydrophilic or similar foam like dressing is placed around a stoma, or at the insertion site of a catheter or tube creating a protective seal inhibiting bacterium from entering the body, further providing cushioning and absorption of human fluid that can cause skin breakdown and infection, increasing the life of stoma appliances, tubes and catheters, providing patients additional comfort, and when placed around an appendage provides effective wound healing.03-22-2012
20110092769ENDOSCOPE APPARATUS - An endoscope apparatus includes an insertion portion inserted into a body, an optical member arranged exposed from an outside surface at a distal end of the insertion portion, an objective optical system that condenses light impinged from the optical member, an electronic image pickup circuit that photoelectrically converts the light condensed by the objective optical system, a heat absorbing section arranged in the vicinity of the electronic image pickup circuit for absorbing heat generated from the electronic image pickup circuit, a heat transfer section extending toward the optical member side for transferring heat of the heat absorbing section, a heat radiation section arranged in the vicinity of the optical member for radiating heat transferred by the heat transfer section to the optical member, and a heat transfer member that is formed by patterning a metal foil on an insulating, flexible film member and includes the heat absorbing section, the heat transfer section and the heat radiation section.04-21-2011
20110092768DEVICE, SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR IN-VIVO ANALYSIS - A device for in-vivo detection comprises a housing having an optical window and enclosing an imager that is configured to image the optical window. An external surface of the optical window has trypsin immobilized thereon, and may also be coated with a steric barrier protection, which may be polyethylene glycol (PEG). A trypsin-Alpha-1-antitrypsin complex formed on the window may have an affinity to a binding agent, which is tagged by a tag selected from a group consisting of a colorant, a fluorescent moiety, and a radioactive moiety.04-21-2011
20120157767Digital Cerviscopy Device and Applications - The present invention relates to a digital system for cervical disease screening and detection, with clinical application as adjunct to Pap smear. The device of the present invention is designed for insertion into a woman's genital cavity, and is composed of a digital camera and light source at one end to take pictures of the cervix and its environment, of a flexible tubing connecting said end to a distal end, and of a distal end comprising a digital mean with capacity to store images, display, transfer and share them as required, on-site or at a remote location. This instrument can either be used by a health professional, or self-operated.06-21-2012
20090018393CATHETER FOR IN VIVO IMAGING - A catheter for in vivo imaging comprising a monolithic outer sheath terminating in a monolithic atraumatic tip having a guidewire lumen. The catheter for in vivo imaging comprising a rotary drive shaft that passes through a central lumen of the monolithic outer sheath to impart rotary motion.01-15-2009
20090076322CAPSULE ENDOSCOPE - A capsule endoscope includes at least an imaging device that images a location of a subject and an optical system that focuses the location at the imaging device. The imaging device has plural pixel portions that are arranged in in-plane directions on a substrate. The pixel portion has a photoelectric conversion portion that includes a lower electrode, a photoelectric conversion layer formed over the lower electrode, and an upper electrode formed over the photoelectric conversion layer, and a signal output portion that outputs a signal based on a charge generated at the photoelectric conversion layer through a field effect thin film transistor. The field effect thin film transistor includes at least a gate electrode, a gate insulation film, a semiconductor layer, a source electrode and a drain electrode. The photoelectric conversion portion and the signal output portion are superposed in plan view.03-19-2009
20110065987MINIATURE INGESTIBLE CAPSULE - A miniature ingestible capsule has multiple therapeutic or diagnostic operations that can be performed. These functions are controlled by a combination of an outside control, a pose beacon and through information relayed from an imagining array and transmitter. These functions can be in a separate capsule without an imaging array or within the same capsule with an imaging array. Typically, there is one function performed in addition to imaging. These functions can include suction and spray capabilities, ultrasound sensor, lithotripsy, laser, heat, electrocautery, BICAP, biopsy forceps, a needle knife snare cautery (cold and hot with continuous or pulsed current for cutting and coagulation), with a basket, and fine needle aspiration with various wheels and fins and motors controlled externally and other tools to be used in humans. All of these tools can be attached to a retractable arm. Also, they can be used on an elevator device that lifts them, allowing for an extra 180° of movement.03-17-2011
20110184237ENDOSCOPE IMAGE PICK-UP APPARATUS - An image pick-up unit inserted in the body picks up an image of the body, and transmits by radio the image to an extra-corporeal unit which is arranged outside the body. The image pick-up unit includes an image pick-up portion capturing an image, a data transmitting portion for transmitting the image obtained by the image pick-up portion to the extra-corporeal unit at a plurality of transmitting ratios, a characteristic amount detecting portion for detecting a predetermined amount of characteristics based on the image, and a determining portion for determining a valid image based on an output from the characteristic amount detecting portion. The data transmitting portion controls the data transmitting ratio in accordance with the determining result of the determining portion.07-28-2011
20110184236IMAGING APPARATUS, ENDOSCOPE SYSTEM, AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING IMAGING APPARATUS - An imaging apparatus includes an imaging section that images an object, an observation mode setting section that sets an observation mode when the imaging section images the object, and a control section that controls an image read mode in which an image is read from the imaging section and a in-focus object plane of the imaging section based on the observation mode set by the observation mode setting section.07-28-2011
20110184235CAPSULE TYPE ENDOSCOPE INCLUDING MAGNETIC DRIVE - The present invention discloses a magnet driven capsule type endoscope comprising an image recording unit as well as an image data processing unit, a position sensor for providing data about the position of the capsule type endoscope with respect to the direction of gravitation, a data transmitting unit, an energy source for supplying the units and the sensor with energy and a permanent magnet. In accordance with the invention, the permanent magnet is arranged offset with respect to the center of gravity and to the geometrical center of the capsule type endoscope.07-28-2011
20100094085Device for Displaying Assistance Information for Surgical Operation, Method for Displaying Assistance Information for Surgical Operation, and Program for Displaying Assistance Information for Surgical Operation - An object of the present invention is to accurately display to which region of a patient, a part the image of which is being picked up by an endoscope corresponds without the need to newly use a special endoscope.04-15-2010
20120149980VIDEO CRICOTHYROTOMY CAMERA AND CANNULA SYSTEM - A substantially rigid cannula having a channel configured to sequentially house a slidably removable video camera and to provide a ventilating airway upon sealable engagement of a ventilation extension with the channel after the camera is removed. The camera is connected with a monitor to guide the placement of the cannula and its placement within the tracheal lumen. Upon engagement with the channel and a ventilating source, a breathable airway is established through the cannula.06-14-2012
20120123205ADDITIONAL SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR PROVIDING REAL-TIME ANATOMICAL GUIDANCE IN A DISGNOSTIC OR THERAPEUTIC PROCEDURE - A system and method for intra-operatively providing anatomical guidance in a diagnostic or therapeutic procedure is disclosed. In embodiments, the system includes multiple light sources configured to emit different frequencies, multiple electronic imaging devices to detect various frequencies of reflected, emitted, or scattered light. The system and method incorporate an optical probe is integral to an endoscopic device or a therapeutic laser system, optically coupled to a light source; a display for displaying at least one visual representation of data; and a controller programmed to generate at least one real-time integrated visual representation of an area of interest and to display the real-time visual representation on the display for guidance during the diagnostic or therapeutic procedure.05-17-2012
20090131750ACTION DISPLAY SYSTEM AND ENDOSCOPE SYSTEM - An action display system includes an action instruction signal generating portion configured to generate an action instruction signal for instructing an action of an acting portion in response to an input to an input portion, an action control portion configured to control a drive portion such that the acting portion acts in accordance with the action instruction signal, the action control portion switchable between a regular mode to enable an action of the acting portion with the first and second degrees of freedom and an action disabled mode to disable an action of the acting portion with one degree of freedom, an image obtaining portion configured to obtain an image associated with an action state of the acting portion, and a display portion configured to display an index associated with the regular mode and the action disabled mode of the action control portion together with the image.05-21-2009
20120130167DEVICE AND METHOD FOR SUPERIMPOSING PATTERNS ON IMAGES IN REAL TIME, PARTICULARLY FOR GUIDANCE BY LOCATION - The invention relates to a device for superimposing known patterns, characteristic of a region, on (real) images of said region. The device comprises, a memory in which patterns are stored, which are representative of a selected region, of known position and orientation with relation to a common reference and processing means, for determining a pattern representative of the selected portion in the memory, on receipt of the designation of at least one portion of an observed image of the selected region, taken at a selected angle and at least one representative attribute of said region, taking account of the attribute selected, then superimposing the determined pattern on the selected portion of the image taking account of the selected angle.05-24-2012
20120215066ENDOSCOPE APPARATUS - In an endoscope apparatus, inside an endoscope, color correction processing is performed that performs multiplication between a color correction coefficient that is set based on a plurality of numerical apertures with respect to a plurality of different wavelengths included in a wavelength band of illuminating light of a light guide that is mounted in the endoscope and that transmits light-source light from a light source apparatus, and at least one of B, G and R signals generated by the signal processing apparatus.08-23-2012
20100204545ENDOSCOPE SYSTEM - An endoscope system of the invention includes: an endoscope including an insertion portion, a distal end portion provided on a distal end side of the insertion portion, and a bending portion which is capable of changing a position and an orientation of the distal end portion; a position detecting section for acquiring position information on a position where the distal end portion is located; a passing target position setting section for setting a passing target position for the distal end portion; a path estimating section for estimating a path through which the distal end portion is to be passed; a bending control target position setting section for setting a bending control target position such that the distal end portion reaches the passing target position along the path; and a bending control information calculating section for calculating an amount of bending and a bending direction of the bending portion.08-12-2010
20100204544ENDOSCOPE APPARATUS AND METHOD OF SETTING THE SAME - A processor includes a comparison section for comparing an output (dimming signal) of a dimmer circuit and a predetermined reference value, a setting section for setting a gain of an AGC, a shutter control parameter (charge storage time) in an electronic shutter control section, and an opening area of a light source diaphragm in a light source device based on a comparison result of the comparison section, and the electronic shutter control section for controlling an electronic shutter function of a CCD driving circuit under control of the setting section.08-12-2010
20120136208MEDICAL IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS METHOD AND PROGRAM - An observation path setting unit sets an observation path. A viewpoint setting and changing unit sets a viewpoint on the observation path. When a virtual endoscopic image viewed from the viewpoint is generated, a visual range determination unit identifies, based on a three-dimensional medical image, the position of a wall region of the tubular structure in a local observation direction at the viewpoint that has been set by the viewpoint setting and changing unit and in the vicinity of the local observation direction. The visual range determination unit estimates, based on a positional relationship between the viewpoint and the wall region, a global observation direction at the viewpoint, and determines a visual range of the virtual endoscopic image in such a manner that image information about a region located in the global observation direction with respect to the viewpoint is represented at a central part of the virtual endoscopic image.05-31-2012
20120136209METHODS AND DEVICES FOR PROVIDING INFORMATION USEFUL IN THE DIAGNOSIS OF ABNORMALITIES OF THE GASTROINTESTINAL TRACT - Disclosed are methods useful for providing information useful in the diagnosis of gastrointestinal abnormalities as well as ingestible devices useful for providing information useful in the diagnosis of gastrointestinal abnormalities.05-31-2012
20100191054ENDOTRACHEAL INTUBATION SYSTEM AND INTUBATION PROCEDURE - “An endotracheal intubation device includes an inflatable cuff connected to an inflation tube, visualization means, where the visualization means include means to enlighten and an image guide, where the means to enlighten, the image guide, and the inflation tube are associated to a first three ways connector adapted to connect the endotracheal intubation device to a control panel; a packaging is also provided containing the endotracheal intubation device wherein the first three ways connector is placed across the packaging so as to allow checking the endotracheal intubation device without impairing its sterility with an endotracheal intubation device tester; an intubation method is further provided using the packaging, the control panel and the endotracheal intubation device tester.”07-29-2010
20120172664MULTI-LUMEN TRACHEAL TUBE WITH VISUALIZATION DEVICE - The present disclosure describes systems and methods that utilize a multi-lumen tube with an integral visualization apparatus, such as a camera. The multi-lumen tracheal tube system may include a camera apparatus that is positioned to facilitate left or right bronchial intubation. In addition, the camera apparatus may be a unitary assembly that functions to hold and position the camera relative to the tube and provides an acceptable profile for comfortable intubation. The camera apparatus may include additional components, such as integral light sources and flushing or cleaning devices to remove any buildup from the camera or optical components.07-05-2012
20100048994VISUALIZED ENTRY TROCAR WITH MOVING BLADE - An obturator for penetrating tissue includes an outer member defining a longitudinal axis, and having proximal and distal ends, a leading member disposed adjacent the distal end of the outer member and having a tissue contacting outer surface, and a blade mounted adjacent to the leading member. The blade is adapted for at least traversing movement relative to the longitudinal axis to thereby traverse the outer surface of the leading member to facilitate penetrating of tissue during advancement of the leading member within the tissue. The leading member may include an optical window adapted to permit passage of light therethrough for detection by a clinician.02-25-2010
20100048993APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR MEASURING DISPLACEMENT AMOUNT OF ENDOSCOPE IMAGE, ELECTRONIC ENDOSCOPE, AND IMAGE PROCESSING DEVICE FOR ENDOSCOPE - An image of a test chart having a test pattern is taken with an electronic endoscope. A DSP of a processing device generates a test pattern image from image signals input from the electronic endoscope. An image compositor composites the test pattern image and a test mask image having a predetermined reference pattern and generates a test mask composite image. An inspector visually measures positional and rotational displacement amounts of the test pattern with respect to the reference pattern in the test mask composite image displayed on a monitor, and inputs measurement results as displacement amount information to the processing device. The displacement amount information is stored in an EEPROM of the electronic endoscope. The processing device calibrates an endoscope image of a body cavity based on the displacement amount information input from the electronic endoscope.02-25-2010
20100298641ENDOSCOPE SYSTEM - An endoscope system of the present invention includes an image pickup section that picks up an image of an object, a position detection section that detects a position indicating a predetermined object in the image of the object obtained by the image pickup section and a probability calculation section that calculates a probability value as a degree indicating accuracy of the position being the predetermined object using first information obtained from the image and second information on a condition of the object whose image is picked up by the image pickup section.11-25-2010
20100298640Endoscope With Imaging Capsule - A method of examining internal body portions of patients. The method includes providing an imaging capsule including an image capturing unit, mounting the imaging capsule on a first elongate tube suitable for insertion into a body cavity, in a manner which prevents release of the imaging capsule from the first elongate tube within a body cavity, inserting the first elongate tube with the capsule mounted thereon into a patient, retracting the first elongate tube from the patient, separating the imaging capsule from the first elongate tube, disposing of the first elongate tube, mounting the imaging capsule on a second elongate tube and inserting the second elongate tube with the imaging capsule mounted thereon into a patient.11-25-2010
20120178992ENDOSCOPIC IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND ENDOSCOPE SYSTEM - An endoscopic image processing apparatus includes an endoscope information reading section that reads endoscope information that is information relating to an endoscope from the endoscope, a synchronizing signal detecting section that is given an image pickup signal that includes a synchronizing signal outputted by an image pickup device provided in the endoscope from the endoscope, performs detection processing of the synchronizing signal, outputs the detected synchronizing signal when the synchronizing signal can be detected, and generates and outputs a synchronizing signal based on the endoscope information read by the endoscope information reading section when the synchronizing signal cannot be detected, and an image signal generating section that generates an image signal based on the synchronizing signal outputted from the synchronizing signal detecting section and the image pickup signal outputted from the image pickup device of the endoscope.07-12-2012
20120178991CAMERA, CAMERA SYSTEM, AND METHODS OF USING THE SAME - A camera and a camera system as well as methods of using the camera and the camera system. The camera is very preferably portable and hand-held and includes a wand or probe for insertion into a mouth or other body cavity for the purpose of obtaining an image of regions in such cavity. The images are transmitted onto a display screen for viewing by a doctor or an oral surgeon, by a patient, or by another person. In the preferred embodiment, the camera includes various ways of automatically disabling and enabling operation of the camera, thereby conserving energy.07-12-2012
20120238812APPARATUS, SYSTEM AND METHOD TO INDICATE IN-VIVO DEVICE LOCATION - A system, apparatus and method may indicate in-vivo device location within a body utilizing for example illumination irregularities for calculation of location. There may be provided with an in-vivo imaging device a set of dedicated illumination source and a set of detectors located on an in-vivo device, such as a swallowable capsule.09-20-2012
20100274081VISUAL VERESS NEEDLE ASSEMBLY - A visual veress needle assembly is provided including an optically conductive veress needle for puncturing tissue and having a hollow interior and an optical stylet insertable through the hollow interior of the veress needle. The veress needle is constructed of translucent material enabling light to pass through from a proximal end to a distal end to illuminate the area of the incision and the operative site. The optical stylet includes a lens at a distal end for obtaining an image of the operative site and a connector at the proximal end for transmitting optical data to auxiliary viewing devices. The distal end of the stylet is flexible and incorporates structure to orient the lens relative to the hollow veress needle.10-28-2010
20100010301Solid State Variable Direction of View Endoscope - An endoscope with a wide angle lens that comprises an optical axis that is angularly offset from a longitudinal axis of the endoscope such that the optical axis resides at an angle greater than zero degrees to the longitudinal axis. The wide angle lens system simultaneously gathers an endoscopic image field at least spanning the longitudinal axis and an angle greater than ninety degrees to the longitudinal axis. The endoscope further includes an imager comprising an imaging surface area that receives at least a portion of endoscopic image transmitted by the wide angle lens system and produces output signals corresponding to the endoscopic image field and image forming circuitry that receives the output signal and produces an image signal.01-14-2010
20100010300Device, System and Method for Orienting a Sensor In-Vivo - A device, system, and method may orient a device in-vivo. A ballast or other weight may be rotatable or otherwise movable within a ballast chamber within a device. An induced magnetic field may be used to shift and/or rotate the ballast weight. Rotation and/or shifting of the ballast weight may position the in-vivo device in a specific orientation. The rotation and/or shifting of the ballast may be controlled by circuitry within the in-vivo device and/or by external signals transmitted to the in-vivo device.01-14-2010
20120220828IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS FOR ENDOSCOPE - An image pickup apparatus for an endoscope includes: an image pickup device unit including an image pickup device; a lens unit including a moving lens; an actuator apparatus for an endoscope, the actuator apparatus including a first elastic member having an urging force that makes a moving lens frame be arranged at a first observation position, a second elastic member making the moving lens frame be arranged at a second observation position, and a shape memory alloy wire having a property of extending/contracting due to an applied current; a driving force transmitting wire arranged on a distal end side of the shape memory alloy wire; a pressing member, upon receipt of an elastic force from the second elastic member, pressing the moving lens frame to the second observation position; and a fixing portion that fixes the driving force transmitting wire and the shape memory alloy.08-30-2012
20120220827SHAPE MEMORY ARTHROSCOPIC CAMERA - A surgical instrument includes an elongated tubular member having a proximal end and a distal end. At least a portion of the elongated tubular member is resiliently deformable from an at-rest configuration. The elongated tubular member includes a camera assembly disposed therein. An outer shaft defining a lumen extending therethrough is positioned annularly about the elongated tubular member. At least one of the outer shaft and the elongated tubular member is moveable with respect to the other between a substantially overlapping position wherein the elongated tubular member is deformed to conform to the shape of the outer shaft, and a displaced position wherein at least a portion of the elongated tubular member extends distally from a distal end of the outer shaft. In the displaced position, the portion of the elongated tubular member extending from the outer shaft returns, or reforms back to the at-rest configuration.08-30-2012
20120220825ENDOSCOPE HAVING SIGNAL CABLE - An endoscope has a section of an elongated tube for entry in a body cavity. An end shell is disposed at a distal end of the elongated tube. An imaging window area is formed in the end shell. A lens barrel is secured to the end shell, and aligned with the imaging window area. An imaging device photoelectrically detects object light from the lens barrel. A circuit board has the imaging device mounted thereon. A signal cable has a cover material, and plural filaments covered by the cover material, and connected to the circuit board. A cable retaining device partially retains the cover material fixedly. A tip portion is formed at a distal end of the cable retaining device. A coupling device keeps the tip portion laterally movable on the end shell, to prevent stress in the cable retaining device from exertion to the end shell.08-30-2012
20120220824ENDOSCOPE APPARATUS - An endoscope apparatus includes a light source unit, an imaging element, a density calculating section, and an image processing section, wherein the image processing section changes frequency processing conditions with respect to the captured image such that the detection and enhancement degree of the structure and components of the living body in the subject are changed according to at least the density of each pixel of the captured image.08-30-2012
20120220823ENDOSCOPE APPARATUS CAPABLE OF PROVIDING NARROW BAND IMAGING AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD OF THE ENDOSCOPE APPARATUS - An endoscope apparatus and image processing method of an endoscope apparatus are provided. In one respect, an endoscope apparatus includes an illumination unit for selectively providing light in a plurality of wavelength bands and white light, a sensing unit for receiving light reflected from a body cavity, and an image processing unit for generating additional synthesized images.08-30-2012
20120220822HAND-HELD ENDOSCOPIC DEVICE WITH A ROTATION CONTROL - The present invention is a hand-held endoscopic device with a rotation control, having a mainframe, a flexible cable, and a tube module. Moreover, the tube module includes a probe, a image capturing element and a sheath; besides, the second front end of the sheath has an opening which includes a mirror to allow the user to rotate the opening of the sheath in accordance with the situation, so that the image capturing element can reflect the light through the mirror to capture the image from different perspectives.08-30-2012
20090062605Capsule endoscope - A capsule endoscope can prevent any fall of the efficiency of observation by reducing the substance or substances adhering to the outer surface of the front end cover such as food residue and mucus. The capsule endoscope includes a dome-shaped front end cover provided on the outer surface with photocatalytic coating, an image pickup means arranged in the front end cover to pick up images of the inside of an object of examination into which the endoscope is introduced and acquire image information on the inside of the object of examination and a lighting section arranged around the image pickup means within the dome-shaped front end cover.03-05-2009
20120253122ENDOSCOPE SYSTEM AND CALIBRATION METHOD - An endoscope system includes an illumination apparatus for applying imaging light to body tissue in a tube of a body cavity. An electronic endoscope images the body tissue illuminated with the imaging light, and outputs a blue image signal of blue and a green image signal of green. A signal processing device detects specific body tissue (such as blood vessels) in the body tissue according to the blue and green image signals. A calibration device refers to a reference ratio predetermined according to a reflectivity of the body tissue in relation to the blue and green, and calibrates the blue and green image signals to set a ratio between the blue and green image signals equal to the reference ratio.10-04-2012
20110112361ENDOSCOPE DEVICE - An endoscope device has a scope unit that is used to observe an interior of a specimen subject, and a main body unit that controls the scope unit by communicating with the scope unit. The scope unit has an insertion portion, a bending portion that is provided on the insertion portion, a bending drive unit that drives the bending portion, an imaging unit that is provided on the insertion portion and acquires images of the specimen subject; and a structure storage section in which structure identification information that is based on the structure of the first scope unit is stored. The main body unit has a display unit that displays images acquired by the imaging unit, an operating section that is used to make operation inputs to operate at least the bending portion, and a control unit that controls the bending drive unit based on the structure identification information stored in the storage section.05-12-2011
20120259174ENDOSCOPIC DIAGNOSIS SYSTEM - An endoscopic diagnosis system includes a light source for simultaneously emitting at least two excitation light having different central wavelengths for exciting at least two autofluorescent substances to generate autofluorescence containing first autofluorescence whose intensity is strong in a lesion and weak in a normal region and second autofluorescence whose intensity is strong in a normal region and weak in a lesion, color filters having spectral transmission characteristics that block the excitation light and transmit the autofluorescence, image sensor for imaging autofluorescence generated from first and second autofluorescent substances contained in a subject's region under observation and dispersed by color filters to acquire first and second autofluorescence images as the at least two excitation light illuminate the region under observation, and an image sensor for image-processing and displaying the first and second fluorescence images.10-11-2012
20120259173VISUALIZATION DEVICE AND HOLDER FOR USE WITH A TRACHEAL TUBE - The present disclosure describes systems and methods that utilize a tracheal tube with an integral visualization device, such as a camera. The tracheal tube system may include a camera apparatus or other visualization device that is associated with a lumen formed in the wall of the tube. In addition, the camera apparatus may be positioned within a holder associated with a distal end of the tracheal tube that functions to hold and position the optical components of the camera relative to the tube and provides an acceptable profile for comfortable intubation. Further, the camera apparatus and its associated holder may include additional components, such as integral light sources and flushing or cleaning devices to remove any buildup from the camera or optical components.10-11-2012
20090018392ENDOSCOPE - An endoscope (01-15-2009
20120232344CONTROL SIGNAL TRANSMITTING APPARATUS - A magnetic field generating apparatus is the magnetic field generating apparatus that transmits a control signal by a magnetic field to a capsule endoscope that performs control of start and stop according to the control signal. The magnetic field generating apparatus includes a housing including a storing section in which the capsule endoscope is arranged, a magnetic field generating section that generates the magnetic field, and a shield section that shields a leakage electromagnetic field leaking to an area other than the storing section in the magnetic field generated by the magnetic field generating section.09-13-2012
20100331624ENDOSCOPE SYSTEM AND ENDOSCOPIC IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS - An endoscope system includes: an endoscope equipped with an insertion portion, and an image pickup unit disposed at a distal end portion of the insertion portion; an illumination unit detachably connected to the endoscope; an imaging mode input unit used to set an imaging mode of the endoscope to one of a normal-light mode and a special-light mode; a processing condition selection unit which selects a processing condition for a color correction process of an endoscopic image based on the imaging mode; and a processor detachably connected to the endoscope and equipped with an image processing unit which performs the color correction process, under the processing condition selected by the processing condition selection unit, with respect to each of hue regions partitioned by at least eight reference color axes including six reference color axes which divide a color space into R (red), M (magenta), B (blue), C (cyan), G (green), and Y (yellow) hue regions and at least two reference color axes established additionally based on the imaging mode.12-30-2010
20080300456Video Endoscope - A video endoscope comprises a disposable working part. The working part comprises a shaft, at the distal end of which a lens and an image sensor are arranged. The working part furthermore comprises an electrical transmission system for transmitting the image information and at least one light guide for transmitting light from proximal to distal. An operating part is furthermore provided. A proximal end of the working part can be releasably connected to a distal end of the operating part via an interface. Furthermore, a sterile gathered-together hose is arranged on the working part, and the operating part can be enveloped by the hose.12-04-2008
20110004059Displaying Image Data From A Scanner Capsule - An ingestible image scanning pill captures high resolution images of the GI tract as it passes through. Images communicated externally have exact location determination. Image processing software discards duplicate information and stitches images together, line scan by line scan, to replicate a complete GI tract as if it were stretched out in a straight line. A fully linear image is displayed to a medical professional as if the GI tract had been stretched in a straight line, cut open, laid flat out on a bench for viewing—all without making any incisions in a live patient.01-06-2011
20110004058Controllable Endoscope - An endoscope including an outer elongate tube and an inner shaft that runs through the outer elongate tube and can be advanced independently of the outer tube. In addition, the endoscope includes an imaging capsule including at least one image capturing unit, mounted on a distal end of the inner shaft. The imaging capsule has a largest cross-section area smaller than the cross section area of the outer elongate tube.01-06-2011
20120265011SULFATE SALTS AS TRANSIT TIME ENHANCER - The present disclosure provides a bowel preparation procedure for capsule endoscopy for the examination of GI tract. The present disclosure also provides an improved method of examining the interior of the GI tract and of identifying the type, location, and cause of a GI pathology using an oral sulfate composition that enhances capsule endoscopic procedures, including transit time, and which purges and cleanses the GI tract of the patient.10-18-2012
20120271104SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING POWER CONSUMPTION OF AN IN VIVO DEVICE - A method and device may control energy consumption of in an in vivo imaging device by determining or estimating an amount of energy needed to capture images at a frame rate until a complete passage of the device through a predetermined region of the gastrointestinal tract, and alter or limit the frame capture rate accordingly.10-25-2012
20120271103ENDOSCOPE - An endoscope includes: an insertion portion to be inserted into a subject; an operation section provided at a proximal end of the insertion portion; a first light source section provided inside the operation section, the first light source section generating first light as broadband light having a broadband wavelength characteristic; a light guiding section that guides the first light emitted from the first light source section; a second light source section provided on a distal end side of the insertion portion, the second light source section generating second light; and an optical element provided on the distal end side of the insertion portion, the optical element combining the first light and the second light and emitting the resulting light from an illuminating window.10-25-2012
20120323072FLUORESCENCE ENDOSCOPE DEVICE - Provided is a fluorescence endoscope device including a light source that irradiates with excitation light and white light; an image generator that acquires a fluorescence image by capturing fluorescence generated in a subject irradiated with the excitation light and that acquires a white-light image by capturing return light from the subject irradiated with the white light; an image corrector that corrects the fluorescence image by using the white-light image so as to generate a corrected fluorescence image; a threshold-value setting unit that sets a threshold value on the basis of an average value of gradation values of pixels in the corrected fluorescence image; an image adjuster that increases the contrast in the corrected fluorescence image between an area having gradation values larger than the threshold value, and an area having gradation values smaller than the threshold value; and a monitor that displays the corrected fluorescence image whose contrast is increased.12-20-2012
20110218399BODY-INSERTABLE APPARATUS AND IN-VIVO INFORMATION ACQUISITION SYSTEM - A body-insertable apparatus to be inserted into a subject includes an illumination unit that illuminates an inside of the subject; an imaging device having an effective pixel region that has a predetermined size and on which an optical image of the inside of the subject illuminated by the illumination unit is formed, and having an optical black region at which the optical image is shielded; and a light adjustment control unit that adjusts an amount of light from the illumination unit to the effective pixel region based on pixel values of the effective pixel region of an image signal and pixel values of the optical black region of the image signal.09-08-2011
20110218398IMAGE PROCESSING SYSTEM, IMAGING DEVICE, RECEIVING DEVICE AND IMAGE DISPLAY DEVICE - An image processing system includes an image generation unit that has two observation modes of a first observation mode for capturing an image under illumination by a first light source and a second observation mode for capturing an image under illumination by a second light source different from the first light source and generates an image to be displayed based on the image captured by selecting one of the observation modes; a brightness detection unit that detects brightness of the image captured in one observation mode; and a control unit that controls an exposure operation or image processing in the other observation mode performed subsequent to an observation in the one observation mode based on the brightness of the image detected by the brightness detection unit.09-08-2011
20110237885ENDOSCOPE SYSTEM COMPRISING CALIBRATION MEANS AND CALIBRATION METHOD THEREOF - An electronic endoscope system includes a light source device for emitting light and an electronic endoscope having a phosphor for producing white light with which a subject tissue in a body cavity is illuminated by causing the light to hit the phosphor as excitation light, and an image sensor for outputting image data of an image obtained by photoelectric conversion of reflected light of the white light illuminating the subject tissue, a wavelength detector for detecting a wavelength of the light, a calculator for calculating a wavelength shift amount which is a difference between a wavelength detected and a preset reference wavelength, a first correction unit for correcting a light amount of the light according to the calculated wavelength shift amount, and a second correction unit for correcting the gain in photoelectric conversion by the image sensor.09-29-2011
20110237882ELECTRONIC ENDOSCOPE SYSTEM - An electronic endoscope system includes a light source device for sequentially emitting plural kinds of light having different wavelength bands, an electronic endoscope for outputting image data of acquired images corresponding to the plural kinds of light sequentially illuminated to a subject tissue containing blood vessels, a setter for setting a blood vessel characteristics amount from the image data, a setter for setting a region of interest in the acquired image based on the amount, an image producer for producing a first oxygen saturation level image representing a distribution of an oxygen saturation level in the blood vessel from the image data, and an image display for displaying in simulated color a second oxygen saturation level image in which the oxygen saturation level within the region of interest is selectively enhanced.09-29-2011
20120088971ROTICAM: An Orotracheal Guide with Camera - A camera system for surveillance of a patient's throat is disclosed. The camera system comprises a camera associated with an upper dental arch tray, and does not rest on the patient's tongue. The camera system can optionally include a delivery system for medication, display, and lower dental arch tray. The camera system may be configured as a guide insert in a Rapid Orotracheal Intubation Device.04-12-2012
20120277529ENDOSCOPY CAPSULE THAT EMITS A REMOTELY VARIABLE, MAGNETIC FIELD, AND EXAMINATION APPARATUS WITH SUCH AN ENDOSCOPY CAPSULE - An endoscopy capsule for examination and/or treatment in a hollow organ of a body has at least one magnetic element that interacts with an external magnetic field for externally controlled movement and/or rotation of the endoscopy capsule, and the magnetic field of the magnetic element can be varied by external control.11-01-2012
20120277527Stereoscopic Imaging from a Conventional Endoscope with single lens camera - The present invention discloses an LCD device and viewing eyewear for obtaining stereoscopic images with conventional single optic channel endoscope using a single lens camera. LCD device comprises two segments each of which is activated by a controller through a wired or wireless connection and is installed between the endoscope and camera without affecting the optic path length. Images are viewed on a standard monitor using eyewear comprising LCD shutters on the left and the right side which are synchronized to the segments in the LCD device by a controller. The LCD shutters on the eyewear are in the upper inner field of vision of each eye. This allows the user, usually a surgeon, to have stereoscopic view when looking at the monitor, but clear view when he has to look at the operative field. The disclosed eyewear has a sterile attachment that the surgeon can use for mounting, un-mounting or adjusting the eyewear.11-01-2012
20110282145CAPSULE ENDOSCOPE APPARATUS - A signal processing circuit of an external device includes a CPU and a memory which are not shown. A program for estimating at least one of the position and orientation of a capsule endoscope on the basis of strength signals received through respective antennas is installed in the signal processing circuit. A single-core coil to generate a magnetic field is arranged in the capsule endoscope. The generated magnetic field is detected by a plurality of coils arranged outside a body, whereby a distance that the capsule endoscope has traveled can be obtained with accuracy. This arrangement controls image-capture timing to reliably capture images necessary for a diagnosis and prevent unnecessary image capture.11-17-2011
20120330099FLUID REMOVAL IN A SURGICAL ACCESS DEVICE - The present invention generally provides methods and devices for removing fluid from a surgical instrument. Surgical access devices and seal systems are generally provided having one or more valves or seal assemblies to create a closed system between the outside environment and the environment in which the surgical access device is being inserted. In one embodiment, a seal assembly is provided and can include a seal having an opening configured to receive a surgical instrument therethrough and a fluid remover in the form of a sorbent element, a scraper element, a wicking element, or any combination thereof can be associated with the seal and configured to remove fluid from the opening and/or a surgical instrument.12-27-2012
20110295062EQUIPMENT FOR INFRARED VISION OF ANATOMICAL STRUCTURES AND SIGNAL PROCESSING METHODS THEREOF - Equipment for infrared vision of anatomical structures applicable to assist the physicians in endoscopic, fetoscopic or laparoscopic operations and methods for signal processing to enhance said vision, comprising two units that work together: a multimodal or multispectral imaging unit, constituted by a device comprising an endoscope or fetoscope or laparoscope, and additional optical systems to acquire multimodal images of the interior of the patient's body; and an image processing unit, to which said images are transferred, comprising processing devices with a navigation interface which process said images and display the patient's enhanced anatomical map image and the endoscope location, equipped with hardware and software that apply at least five different vision-enhancing methods, namely normalization, segmentation, tracking, mapping and fusion.12-01-2011
20110295061METHOD AND DEVICE FOR IMAGING AN INTERIOR SURFACE OF A CORPOREAL CAVITY - An endoscopic imaging catheter is configured for insertion, optionally via a longitudinal channel of an endoscopic insertion tube. The endoscopic imaging catheter includes reflecting and optical elements and an imaging element. The reflecting element reflects onto the imaging element through the optical element side and rear views of at least a portion, or the entire 360° view of a wall encircling an intrabody lumen around the axis of said the longitudinal channel.12-01-2011
20110306830METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR DISPLAYING INFORMATION IN MAGNETICALLY GUIDED CAPSULE ENDOSCOPY - A magnetically guided endoscope system has a display system wherein the position of the boundary of the examination region of the magnetic field that is used for capsule endoscope guidance is displayed and/or the position of the peak of the magnetic field used for capsule guidance is displayed. The displayed information can be presented in the form of computer-generated graphics superimposed on a camera image of the patient by a computer, or can be a fixed indicator on the display screen of a display at which a computer causes the camera image of the patient to be displayed at a position that is correctly oriented with respect to the fixed information.12-15-2011
20110319712ENDOSCOPE SYSTEM - An endoscope system is able to stably obtain an image free from speckle interference. A captured image including a first basic color component B on which a speckle noise of a laser beam is superimposed and a second basic color component G not including the speckle noise. A speckle noise component Bs is extracted based on difference information between the first basic color component B and the second basic color component G Based on the extracted speckle noise component Bs, the speckle noise component Bs is removed from the first basic color component B, so as to obtain a good observation image free from the speckle noise.12-29-2011
20110319711ELECTRONIC ENDOSCOPE SYSTEM, PROCESSOR FOR ELECTRONIC ENDOSCOPE, IMAGE SEARCH SYSTEM, AND IMAGE SEARCH METHOD - In a search mode of an electronic endoscope system, ordinary light images and special light images are captured from a body cavity respectively under white light and special light. Simultaneously, biological information on the body cavity is acquired from image signals obtained under the special light. The ordinary and special light images are associated with the acquired biological information and stored in an image accumulator. By pressing a lock-on switch while confining a target in an area designating frame on an ordinary image on a monitor, the target is designated and biological information on the target is determined. Thereafter, biological information associated with the latest image in the image accumulator is compared with the biological information on the search target. If the latest image contains an area having the same biological information as the search target, the area designating frame is displayed on that area on the monitor.12-29-2011
20120101330 Implantable system, a device for inserting the implantable system and a method thereof - A method and an implantable system for insertion into a cavity of a person, comprising: an imaging element capable of acquiring an image of at least a portion of the cavity through an optical element; and a porous inflatable enclosure arranged to enclose the imaging element and to enclose liquid that flows through the porous inflatable enclosure and contacts the optical element, wherein the liquid, when in contact with the optical element, reduces an aggregation of non-transparent material on the optical element while the implantable system is located in the cavity of the person.04-26-2012
20120289779Endoscope - An endoscope includes an insertion portion including an image pickup section, an illumination section, and a light guide inserted inside the insertion portion, the light guide including a plurality of fibers made of a glass not containing lead, the plurality of fibers guiding illuminating light from a light source apparatus to the illumination section, the light guide having a numerical aperture of 0.46 to 0.90. A core glass of a fiber have a refractive index nd of 1.56 to 1.74, and a composition of (A) 20 to 55 wt % SiO11-15-2012
20120289780INTRALUMEN MEDICAL DELIVERY VESSEL PROPELLED BY SUPERCONDUCTIVE REPULSION-LEVITATION MAGNETIC FIELDS - A magnetically guided device driven by the repulsive forces generated by superconductive materials, housed in a thermally insulated vessel, due to phenomenon known as the Meissner-effect in response to the externally generated magnetic fields. The vessels will be installed in or on medical diagnostic, delivery or other procedural devices or capsules, and will enable wireless maneuvering and navigation of the host device through the lumens and cavities of the human body without any physical contact. Medical application fields include, but are not limited to, visual mapping, diagnostics, biopsy and other therapeutic and drug delivery procedures in the human body. The vessel is equipped with superconductive material, such as superconductive rings and/or disks, possessing supermagnetic properties. Shaped externally generated magnetic fields exert sufficient magnetic forces and rotational torques on the superconductive material causing the host device to move, tilt and rotate in the body lumens and cavities following the operator's closed-loop regulated directional and orientation commands.11-15-2012
20120289778ENDOSCOPE CAPABLE OF DISPLAYING A SCALE FOR DETERMINATION OF THE SIZE OF THE TARGET - An endoscope includes an endoscope body carrying a display device and buttons, a display control circuit, a flexible tube member, an image pickup module, and a stop pin, which has a proximal end thereof connected to the composite of the flexible tube member and the image pickup module and a distal end thereof extending out of the composite to a predetermined length. Further, the display control circuit includes a scale display procedure, which is adapted for displaying a scale on the display device and has sufficient accuracy for determining the size, area or angle of the target only when the distal end of the stop pin is stopped against the target. Thus, the stop pin can be used to establish a distance between the image pickup module and the target, enabling the scale to be used for determination of the size, area or angle of the target being displayed on the display device.11-15-2012
20100168515SCANNING ENDOSCOPE APPARATUS, SCANNING ENDOSCOPE, AND SCANNING ENDOSCOPE PROCESSOR - A scanning endoscope apparatus, comprising a first transmitter, an actuator, a first optical filter, a second optical filter, a second transmitter, a first photo-detection unit, and a position determiner, is provided. The first transmitter transmits light to a first emission end. The actuator moves the first emission end. The first optical filter reflects the light of the first band. The second optical filter transmits the light of the first band at a transmittance that varies according to the position. The second transmitter transmits the light of the first band from a second incident end to a second emission end. The first photo-detection unit detects an amount of the light of the first band. The position determiner determines a position of the first emission end on the basis of the amount of the light of the first band.07-01-2010
20130012776ENDOSCOPE APPARATUS - An image converter receives image data of an object and performs a kind of image conversion on the image data to generate converted image data for display. A measurement section measures at least one spatial characteristic of the object based on: the converted image data, and optical data, which relates to optical characteristics of an optical system through which the image data of the object has been obtained, and which is made to correspond to the kind of image conversion performed by the image converter. Alternatively, a measurement section measures at least one spatial characteristic of the object by relating, based on the kind of image conversion, coordinates of the converted image data to coordinates of the image data of the object before the image conversion, and by measuring the at least one spatial characteristic based on the coordinates of the image data of the object before the image conversion.01-10-2013
20130018225MAGNETICALLY GUIDING SYSTEM AND MAGNETICALLY GUIDING METHOD - A magnetically guiding system includes: a capsule medical device that has a magnet provided therein; an information acquiring unit that acquires physical information about magnetic guiding of the capsule medical device; a magnetic field generating unit that generates a magnetic field for magnetically guiding the capsule medical device; and a control unit that sets a magnetic field condition based on the physical information acquired by the information acquiring unit and controls the magnetic field generating unit to generate a magnetic field corresponding to the magnetic field condition.01-17-2013
20110160535SURGICAL ACCESS PORT WITH EMBEDDED IMAGING DEVICE - Disclosed is a disposable access port for use in endoscopic procedures, including laparoscopic procedures. The access port includes a cannula with an embedded camera in communication with an external control box. In operation, a trocar is combined with the access port to facilitate insertion of the access port into an anatomical site. Prior to insertion, the camera is pushed inside the cannula, where it remains during insertion. The trocar is removed after the access port has been inserted to allow surgical instruments to access the anatomical site. During removal of the trocar, a portion of the trocar urges the camera out of the cannula, thereby allowing visualization of the anatomical site. The camera can be fixedly or adjustably mounted on the port. A camera may also be mounted on the trocar. The trocar may include irrigation and suction channels to facilitate a clear view of the anatomical site.06-30-2011
20080255415ENDOSCOPE PROCESSOR - An endoscope processor comprising a touch-panel input unit, a mechanical switch unit, and a controller, is provided. The endoscope processor controls an endoscope system. The touch-panel input unit comprises a touch-panel monitor. A command to carry out a function of the endoscope system is input via a command-input display displayed on the touch-panel monitor. The mechanical switch unit is manipulated to carry out at least one function among a light-switching function, a pump-switching function, and a white-balance-start switching function. The controller carries out a function corresponding to the command input via the touch-panel input unit or the mechanical switch unit.10-16-2008
20080242928IN VIVO OBSERVATION DEVICE - This in vivo observation device is equipped with a capsular casing that is taken orally into the body, and an observation device provided within said casing which observes the inside of the body through an observation wall surface of said casing; and, is provided with a contact auxiliary device that causes the observation wall surface to closely contact to body tissue during observation.10-02-2008
20080228032CARDIAC VISUALIZATION DEVICES AND METHODS - Devices and methods for facilitating transvascular, minimally invasive and other “less invasive” surgical procedures generally include a sheath with an expandable balloon at the distal end, an inflation lumen for expanding the balloon, and a device passage lumen for allowing passage of one or more surgical instruments. The sheath is configured to house at least one visualization device such that an optical element of the device is positioned to view the surgical site. In some embodiments, instruments may be passed through the sheath, with the distal balloon partially or fully circumscribing or encircling the instruments. Any suitable instrument(s) may be passed through sheaths of the invention, such as a surgical clip applier for repairing a heart valve, an ablation member for treating atrial fibrillation, one or more pacemaker leads, a coronary sinus access device or the like.09-18-2008
20080228031System and Method for an Illumination-Quality Test - An endoscopic illumination tester is provided for testing illumination quality of a lightsource. The endoscopic illumination tester includes an optical bridge that is removably interlockable with the lightsource. The endoscopic illumination tester includes an integrating sphere that is removably interlockable with the optical bridge. The endoscopic illumination tester may further engage a lightguide connectable between the optical bridge and the lightsource. An endoscope may be inserted between the optical bridge and the integrating sphere.09-18-2008
20130172675MEDICAL INSTRUMENT - A processor includes: first to third matrix circuits that generate an image signal of normal light and an image signal of special light based on an output of a CCD that picks up an image of returning light of light that is irradiated onto living tissue; a color discrimination circuit that discriminates a color tone for respective pixels in accordance with a luminance level of an image signal of the special light; and a color correction circuit that, in an observation mode that uses special light, if an observation object other than living tissue is discriminated as being a red color tone based on the color discrimination circuit, performs color correction to a yellow color tone that is similar to a color tone that the observation object other than living tissue is discriminated as being in an observation mode that uses normal light.07-04-2013
20130172671ROBOTIC CAPSULE ENDOSCOPE FOR MINIMALLY INVASIVE SURGICAL PROCEDURES, MICRO-PATTERNED TREADS FOR FRICTION ENHANCEMENT OF A ROBOTIC CAPSULE ENDOSCOPE IN A BIOLOGICAL ENVIRONMENT, AND PROCESS FOR FABRICATION OF MICRO-TREADS - Micro-patterned treads for endoscopes are disclosed. In an embodiment, the treads include a micro-patterned surface and a roller engaging surface. Micro-patterned tread bearing robotic capsule endoscopes are disclosed. In one embodiment, the endoscope includes a housing, a motor, a geared drive, rollers, and at least one micro-patterned tread. Methods of fabricating closed loop treads are disclosed. In an embodiment, a method includes forming a solid layer of PDMS on one side of double-sided tape and wrapping a micro-patterned PDMS strip together with the other side of the double-sided tape. In another embodiment, a method includes forming a timing belt PDMS strip on one side of double-sided tape and a micro-patterned PDMS strip together with the other side of the double-sided tape.07-04-2013
20130172673SPACE-OPTIMIZED VISUALIZATION CATHETER - Methods and apparatuses for space-optimized visualization catheters are provided. Some embodiments utilize complimentary metal-oxide-semi-conductor (“CMOS”) technology integrated into a CMOS camera train holder system that may be a stand-alone component for use with a visualization catheter, such as a baby endoscope, or may be fabricated/extruded as a part of the catheter itself. Some embodiments of apparatuses, methods, and equivalents thereto provide better direct visual feedback to the medical personnel performing the procedure while providing a similarly-sized outer diameter visualization catheter device having an increased space therein for additional lumens and equipment or by reducing the overall outer diameter of the visualization catheter.07-04-2013
20130172674SPACE-OPTIMIZED VISUALIZATION CATHETER WITH CAMERA TRAIN HOLDER IN A CATHETER WITH OFF-CENTERED LUMENS - Methods and apparatuses for space-optimized visualization catheters are provided. Some embodiments utilize complimentary metal-oxide-semi-conductor (“CMOS”) technology integrated into a CMOS camera train holder system that may be a stand-alone component for use with a visualization catheter, such as a baby endoscope, or may be fabricated/extruded as a part of the catheter itself. Some embodiments of apparatuses, methods, and equivalents thereto provide better direct visual feedback to the medical personnel performing the procedure while providing a similarly-sized outer diameter visualization catheter device having an increased space therein for additional lumens and equipment or by reducing the overall outer diameter of the visualization catheter.07-04-2013
20110263938MULTI-CAMERA ENDOSCOPE - A multi-camera endoscope which includes an elongated shaft terminating with a tip section turnable by way of a bending section, wherein the tip section includes: a front-pointing camera and a discrete front illuminator associated therewith; a front fluid injector configured for cleaning at least one of said front-pointing camera and said discrete front illuminator; a side-pointing camera and a discrete side illuminator associated therewith; a side fluid injector configured for cleaning at least one of said side-pointing camera and said discrete side illuminator; a working channel configured for insertion of a surgical tool; and a pathway fluid injector for inflating and/or cleaning a body cavity into which the endoscope is inserted.10-27-2011
20130178702ANTENNA APPARATUS, ANTENNA, ANTENNA HOLDER, AND BODY-INSERTABLE APPARATUS SYSTEM - An antenna apparatus is configured to acquire information from a body-insertable apparatus that is configured to be inserted into a subject to move inside the subject. The antenna apparatus includes an antenna that includes one sheet on which plural receiving antennas are fixed and in which a first positioning hole is formed; and an antenna holder that includes a container portion which is configured to hold the antenna at a predetermined position and in a predetermined orientation and in which second positioning hole is formed at a position corresponding to the first positioning hole when the antenna is held. The antenna holder is configured to be attached to a predetermined position of the subject using the first and second positioning holes as an index when the antenna is held in the antenna holder.07-11-2013
20080221388SIDE VIEWING OPTICAL FIBER ENDOSCOPE - An optical fiber conveys light from a source at a proximal end, to a distal end, where a piezoelectric material tube applies a force that causes the distal end of the optical fiber to scan in a desired pattern. Light from the distal end of the optical fiber passes through a lens system and is at least partially reflected by a reflective surface toward a side of the scope, to illuminate tissue within a patient's body. Light received from the internal tissue is reflected back either to collection optical fibers, which convey the light to proximally disposed optical detectors, or directly toward distal optical detectors. The optical detectors produce electrical signals indicative of an intensity of the light that can be used for producing an image of the internal tissue. The light received from the tissue can be either scattered, polarized, fluorescent, or filtered, depending on the illumination light.09-11-2008
20120253121ELECTRONIC ENDOSCOPE - A distal portion of an electronic endoscope is formed with a cutaway portion and a distal end surface. The distal portion is provided with side-viewing and front-viewing capturing optical systems. The side-viewing capturing optical system has a side-viewing objective lens, a prism with a half mirror surface, and a varifocal lens. Light incident on the half-mirror surface from the side-viewing objective lens is reflected to be incident on a CCD through the varifocal lens. Moving the varifocal lens allows the side-viewing capturing optical system to switch from normal observation to magnifying observation and vice versa. In the magnifying observation, a best focus position resides on an extension, of an outer circumferential surface of the distal portion, facing the cutaway portion.10-04-2012
20130172676MULTI-CAMERA ENDOSCOPE HAVING FLUID CHANNELS - There is provided a tip section of a multi-camera endoscope, the tip section comprising a unitary fluid channeling component adapted to channel fluid for insufflations and/or irrigation, the unitary fluid channeling component comprising: a proximal opening adapted to receive a fluid tube, the proximal opening being in fluid flow connection with a front fluid (I/I) channel and a side fluid channel.07-04-2013
20130172672SYSTEM AND APPARATUS FOR ANCHORING AND OPERATION OF IN-VIVO MEDICAL DEVICES - In-vivo medical devices, systems and methods of operating such devices include a permanent magnetic assembly interacting with external magnetic fields for magnetically maneuvering said device to a desired location along a patient's GI tract, and anchoring said devices to the desired location for a period of time. The in-vivo medical device includes illumination sources, an optical system, and an image sensor for imaging the GI tract and thus assisting in locating the desired location. Some in-vivo medical devices include a concave window, which enables better imaging of small areas along the tissue. Furthermore, in-vivo devices with a concave window enable carrying operating tools without damaging the tissue of the GI tract, since prior to operation, the tools protrude from the concave window but remain behind the ends of the edges of the concave window.07-04-2013
20130137922Endoscope - An endoscope includes a tube having including a compartment extending in a longitudinal direction. A flexible strip has a diameter smaller than a diameter of the compartment. The flexible strip is received in the compartment and slideable relative to the tube in the longitudinal direction. The flexible strip is made of a super elastomer having an original shape before deformation. The flexible strip is capable of restoring the original shape after larger deformation. An image capturing module is mounted to the flexible strip. The image capturing module can transmit light beam and capture images.05-30-2013
20130096381ENDOSCOPE AND SYSTEM AND METHOD OF OPERATION THEREOF - An endoscope including a rigid section having opposed first and second ends and an opening situated between the first and second ends, the rigid section defining a longitudinal axis; a handle portion coupled to a first end of the rigid section and having first and second scissor-type handles suitable for grasping by a user; and a base part situated at the second end of the rigid section and coupled to the first handle of the scissor-type handles such that displacement of the first handle causes a rotation of the base part.04-18-2013
20130096380IMAGING APPARATUS - An endoscope system 04-18-2013
20130096379DOUBLE-LUMEN ENDOTRACHEAL TUBE DEVICES, SYSTEMS AND METHODS - Embodiments of the present disclosure relate to a double-lumen endotracheal tube having an access sheath or optical system positioned between the two lumens. Embodiments of the the present disclosure are directed toward systems, devices, and methods that provide continuous visual input to a clinician during initial lung separation with the use of a double-lumen endotracheal tube device and throughout a treatment procedure to facilitate the ongoing maintenance of a proper position of the double-lumen endotracheal tube.04-18-2013
20130102844CASING OF CAPSULE ENDOSCOPE, CAPSULE ENDOSCOPE KIT, ASSEMBLY METHOD OF CAPSULE ENDOSCOPE KIT AND ASSEMBLY DEVICE OF CAPSULE ENDOSCOPE KIT - An inner casing according to the present invention includes a hole which is a holding portion that is provided at the center of a base portion having a planar shape so as to protrude in a direction orthogonal to a principal surface of the base portion and hold a capsule endoscope and a plurality of step portions each protruding from a side surface of the hole and abutting on an area of an outer surface of a hemispheric dome portion, which is located inside an optical viewing angle of the capsule endoscope and which does not contribute to generation of an image captured by the capsule endoscope to realize alignment in a longitudinal direction of the capsule endoscope.04-25-2013
20130102843JAWED TROCAR ASSEMBLY - A trocar assembly is presented herein. The trocar assembly can have a hollow elongate member having a first end and a second end. The first end of the hollow elongate member can be open. The first end also can allows an implement to be inserted. The trocar assembly also includes a jaw hingedly coupled to the second end of the hollow elongate member.04-25-2013
20130102845CAPSULE-TYPE MEDICAL APPARATUS AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING CAPSULE-TYPE MEDICAL APPARATUS - The present invention provides a capsule-type medical apparatus and a method of manufacturing a capsule-type medical apparatus which can prevent a contact between a burr formed on an optical dome which is a part of a capsule-like casing and a living body in a subject. The capsule-type medical apparatus has a capsule-like casing which can be introduced inside the subject. The casing is configured with optically transparent optical domes and a cylindrical trunk member having an outer diameter dimension larger than an outer diameter dimension of the optical domes. The cylindrical trunk member is fitted onto an outer circumferential surface of the optical domes so as to cover each of the optical domes up to a portion near the burr formed thereon. The cylindrical trunk member has a step higher than the burr so as to prevent a contact between the burr and a living body in the subject.04-25-2013
20130131446ENDOSCOPIC OVERTUBE ASSEMBLY - An endoscopic overtube assembly comprises: an inflatable overtube; and a subassembly configured for insertion into an orifice of a patient, said subassembly defining a central passageway, and said subassembly including an internal cassette for receiving and securing the inflatable overtube, wherein the internal cassette of said subassembly can be manipulated from a closed position to an open position in which the inflatable overtube can be readily extended and deployed from said subassembly. The inflatable overtube travels with the endoscopic device. Once appropriately positioned, the inflatable overtube is detached from the endoscopic device and inflated to become a substantially rigid conduit defining an instrument channel that provides ready access to a particular body cavity.05-23-2013
20130144120SOLID-STATE IMAGING DEVICE AND ENDOSCOPE DEVICE - A solid-state imaging device and an endoscope device can correct characteristics of a digital signal output from an AD conversion unit with respect to a pixel signal input to an AD conversion unit with higher precision even when a dynamic range of a pixel signal is changed. A correction unit corrects the digital signal output from the AD conversion unit based on a correction function using the digital signal output from the AD conversion as a variable so as to correct the characteristics of the digital signal output from the AD conversion unit with respect to the pixel signal input to the AD conversion unit. A correction method changing unit changes an order of a variable between first and other orders in the correction function according to a change in a dynamic range of the pixel signal.06-06-2013
20090118577MEDICAL DEVICE MADE WITH A SUPER ALLOY - A medical device with a shaft having a proximal end and a distal end, the proximal end having an operational interface, the distal end having a working element, and the shaft may include a super alloy. In one example embodiment, the shaft may include a cobalt base alloy. In another example embodiment, a medical device includes a first portion having a super alloy, and a second portion having a dissimilar metal joined to the first portion by an arc welding technique. In another possible embodiment, a first portion includes a cobalt base alloy, and a second portion includes a non-metal joined to the first portion. The inventive subject matter also includes a method for joining a cobalt base alloy to a dissimilar metal by hermetic sealing, such as provided, for example, by an arc welding technique.05-07-2009
20100280317OCULAR IMPLANT DELIVERY SYSTEMS AND METHODS - Described herein are delivery devices and methods of using the devices for delivering an ocular implant into a suprachoroidal space without use of a goniolens. The delivery device includes a handle including a channel extending from a proximal end of the handle to a distal end of the handle, an applier coupled to the handle, the applier including a blunt distal tip and an elongate, flexible wire insertable through a fluid channel of an ocular implant, and a fiber optic image bundle reversibly inserted through the channel such that the fiber optic image bundle extends to a region proximal to the blunt distal tip of the applier.11-04-2010
20100280316CATHETER - An improved catheter is provided. The catheter may include a deflectable member located at a distal end of a catheter body. The deflectable member may comprise an ultrasound transducer array. The deflectable member may be interconnected to the catheter body by a live hinge. The catheter may include a lumen extending from a proximal end of the catheter body to the distal end. The lumen may be used to deliver an interventional device to a point distal to the distal end of the catheter body. The deflectable member may be selectively deflectable in a pivot-like manner through an arc of at least 90 degrees. In embodiments where the deflectable member includes an ultrasound transducer array, the ultrasound transducer array may be operable to image both when aligned with the catheter body and when pivoted relative to the catheter body.11-04-2010
20100280315OPTICAL COHERENCE TOMOGRAPHY SYSTEMS AND METHODS - In general, in one aspect, the invention features a method that includes using an optical coherence tomography system to acquire a plurality of frames of a sample where each frame includes optical information about the composition of the sample through a section of the sample. The method further includes averaging over two or more of the frames to provide an image of the section of the sample where successive frames of the two or more frames are acquired with a time lapse of 0.05-0.7 seconds. Embodiments of the method may have unique advantages for endoscopic subcellular imaging. For example, they can enable subcellular imaging with low-NA optics (e.g., NA=0.25 or less) while providing morphological imaging of the underlying tissue up to 0.6 mm without focal tracking.11-04-2010
20130137921PROPELLING SYSTEM AND CAPSULE APPLYING THE SAME - A propelling system disposed in a chamber of a capsule is provided. The propelling system includes a mass and a damping module. The mass is configured for vibrating in the chamber along a plurality of directions. The damping module is coupled between the mass and the capsule for absorbing the kinetic energy of the mass, the damping module provides the smallest damping effect along a first direction. The disclosure further provides a capsule, which includes a shell having a chamber and at least one aforementioned propelling system disposed in the chamber. Accordingly, the capsule can be autonomously propelled by the propelling force autonomously produced by the propelling system.05-30-2013
20080200757Vivo imaging device with a small cross sectional area and methods for construction thereof - An image sensor (e.g., a CMOS sensor) includes a pixel array portion and a circuitry portion, where the circuitry portion may be segregated, for example longitudinally, from the pixel array portion.08-21-2008
20110224487IMAGE PICKUP MODULE, MANUFACTURING METHOD THEREOF, AND ENDOSCOPIC DEVICE - Size reduction of an image pickup module is promoted, and reliability of electric connection and electric noise resistance are improved by decreasing the numbers of components and connection spots. The problems are solved by providing an image pickup module including a solid-state image pickup element chip having an image pickup surface, a cover glass that covers the image pickup surface, and a wiring board on which the solid-state image pickup element chip is mounted, in which the solid-state image pickup element chip and the wiring board have an overlap structure in which end portions thereof are overlapped with each other, and a first electrode portion formed on the end portion of the solid-state image pickup element chip and a second electrode portion formed on the end portion of the wiring board are electrically connected through a bump.09-15-2011
20110230714METHOD FOR CLEARING A BODY LUMEN ENVIRONMENT - An in vivo sensing device and system may contain or be used in conjunction with an image sensor and a body lumen clearing element or agent. A method may enable clearing a body lumen for in vivo sensing while using the device of the invention.09-22-2011
20100286477INTERNAL TISSUE VISUALIZATION SYSTEM COMPRISING A RF-SHIELDED VISUALIZATION SENSOR MODULE - Internal tissue visualization devices having RF-shielded visualization sensor modules are provided. Also provided are systems that include the devices, as well as methods of visualizing internal tissue of a subject using the tissue visualization devices and systems.11-11-2010
20100286476Endoscope With Tunable-Focus Microlens - An endoscope is provided for observing an object. The endoscope includes a microfluidic device defining a well therein and a lens disposed in the well of the microfluidic device. The lens has a tunable focal length. A tuning structure is provided for tuning the focal length of the lens in response to a predetermined stimulus and an illumination fiber may be positioned adjacent to the lens for illuminating the object. An activation fiber bundle is adjacent to the tuning structure for providing the predetermined stimulus to the tuning structure. The image acquisition fiber bundle is in alignment with the lens for receiving an image therefrom.11-11-2010
20110251456Method and Apparatus For Viewing A Body Cavity - A method and apparatus to generate a planar representation of a longitudinally extending 360 degree continuous view within a body cavity of a patient is disclosed comprising advancing a portion of an imaging device into the body cavity of the patient, the imaging device having an image capture mechanism disposed on a distal end thereof configured to capture at least a 360 degree view of the inside of the body cavity. Further comprising withdrawing the imaging device at a controlled rate from the patient while simultaneously coordinating and generating 360 degree view image data from the imaging device and transmitting the image data from the imaging device to an image processor. The method further comprising processing the image data to produce a planar longitudinally continuous 360 degree view of the body cavity.10-13-2011
20110275894CATHETER WITH CAMERA AND ILLUMINATOR AT DISTAL END - A low cost camera and low cost light emitting diode are located at the distal end of a suction catheter to provide a real time image of the trachea or the gastrointestinal tract. Electrical conductors attached to or formed as part of the suction catheter terminate in an electrical connector exterior of the suction catheter for electrical connection with a power supply and a radio frequency or infrared transmitter for transmitting the signal generated by the camera. A radio frequency or infrared receiver receives the transmitted signal and provides it to a video monitor for displaying the image captured by the camera.11-10-2011
20110275893CAPSULE MEDICAL DEVICE GUIDANCE SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR GUIDING CAPSULE MEDICAL DEVICE - A capsule medical device guidance system includes a capsule medical device including an imaging unit that captures an in-vivo image of the subject, a transmitting unit that transmits the captured image to an outside, and a magnetic field response unit; a magnetic field generation unit that generates a magnetic field for the response unit to magnetically guide the capsule medical device; a receiving unit that receives the transmitted in-vivo image; a display unit that displays the received in-vivo image; an operation input unit that inputs operation information for magnetically guiding the capsule medical device; a control unit that controls the magnetic field generation unit to guide the capsule medical device in accordance with the operation information; and a selection unit that selects one combination from among combinations that combine at least two of a liquid surface that is an upper boundary surface between a liquid inside the subject and the outside, a submerged area, and a liquid bottom that is a lower boundary surface between the liquid and the outside as guidance areas into which the capsule medical device is guided. The control unit switches the magnetic field to be generated by the magnetic field generation unit in accordance with the selected guidance area.11-10-2011
20110275892ENDOSCOPE APPARATUS - An endoscope apparatus includes an insertion portion to be inserted into a subject, a bendable bending portion provided in a distal end side of the insertion portion, a bending driving section that drives the bending of the bending portion, and a bending driving control section that controls the bending driving section based on an inputted control signal to cause a distal end of the bending portion to make a turning motion with respect to a proximal end thereof.11-10-2011
20110237887INTERNAL BODY OBSERVATION DEVICE - The invention relates to an internal body observation device which includes an ordinary observation light source, an ordinary observation irradiation optical system, a special observation light source, a special observation irradiation optical system, an observation optical system for transmitting the light from an observation target, a detection means configured to detect the light transmitted from the observation optical system as a detection signal, and a processing unit for separating the detection signal in the respective light sources and making the detection signal into images, wherein the light from any one of the ordinary observation light source and the special observation light source is modulated, and the modulated light can be radiated to the observation target together with the light from the other light source, and the detection signal detected by the detection means is separated by the processing unit based on the frequency of the modulation.09-29-2011
20110237884ELECTRONIC ENDOSCOPE SYSTEM - An electronic endoscope system includes a light source device for sequentially emitting kinds of light having different wavelength bands, an electronic endoscope for sequentially illuminating the kinds of light to a subject tissue containing blood vessels, receiving the kinds of reflected light, and outputting image data corresponding to the kinds of received light, an extractor for extracting positions of a blood vessel from each image data corresponding to the kinds of light, an aligner for aligning images corresponding to the image data based on the positions, an image producer for producing an oxygen saturation level image representing the distribution of the oxygen saturation level in the blood vessel from the image data of the aligned images, and an image monitor for displaying the oxygen saturation level image in simulated color.09-29-2011
20110237883ELECTRONIC ENDOSCOPE SYSTEM - An electronic endoscope system includes a light source device for sequentially emitting light having different wavelength bands, an electronic endoscope for receiving reflected light of light sequentially illuminating a subject tissue containing a blood vessel in a body cavity and sequentially outputting an imaging signal corresponding to the wavelength band of the received light, an aligner for aligning images corresponding to imaging signals obtained using light having different wavelength bands outputted from the electronic endoscope, an image producer for producing an oxygen saturation level image representing the distribution of the oxygen saturation level in the blood vessel in a given depth from the imaging signals of the images aligned by the aligner, and an image display for displaying the oxygen saturation level image produced by the image producer.09-29-2011
20130150668ENDOSCOPE APPARATUS - An endoscope apparatus includes: a plurality of connection portions to which an endoscope can be connected, respectively; a priority setting portion that sets a connection priority of the plurality of connection portions; a drive portion that supplies a drive signal to one endoscope; and a control portion that controls so that the drive portion supplies the drive signal to any one endoscope only based on the connection priority.06-13-2013
20130150669PARFOCAL COUPLER FOR ENDOSCOPIC VIEWING SYSTEM - A coupler for connecting an endoscope to a camera including a cylinder having a zoom lens and a focus lens therein. A zoom adjustment member engages the cylinder with a first coefficient of friction and is movable relative thereto to cause axial movement of the zoom lens. The zoom adjustment member is operatively connected to a focus adjustment member such that movement of the zoom adjustment member causes the focus adjustment member to move thereby moving both the zoom lens and the focus lens axially. The focus adjustment member engages the zoom adjustment member with a second coefficient of friction and is movable relative thereto to cause axial movement of the focus lens within the cylinder. The first coefficient of friction is greater than the second coefficient of friction such that movement of the focus adjustment member does not cause movement of the zoom adjustment member.06-13-2013
20130137924IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS - An actuator has a magnet moved together with a moving lens frame, an SMA wire capable of extending and contracting in a moving direction I of the moving lens frame with execution or non-execution of energization thereof, a fixing member made of a magnetic material attached to a distal end of the SMA wire, a pressing spring which urges the fixing member toward the magnet along the moving direction I, and a stopper member and a stopper portion which limits the movement of the magnet along the moving direction I at a first position or a second position.05-30-2013
20100317920ENDOSCOPE APPARATUS AND PROGRAM - An endoscope apparatus includes: an imaging portion imaging a subject to generate image data; a designation portion designating a position in an image based on the image data; an image processing portion processing the image data such that an enlarged image obtained by enlarging an image in a second region including the designated position overlaps a first region including the designated position designated by the designation portion; a display portion displaying the enlarged image and the image of the subject based on the image data processed by the image processing portion and displays a cursor at the designated position on the enlarged image; and a measurement processing portion performing measurement on the basis of a measurement position indicated by the cursor by using the image data generated by the imaging portion. The enlarged image displayed on the display portion moves according to movement of the cursor.12-16-2010
20130158348INTRODUCER FOR AN INTERNAL MAGNETIC CAMERA - An introducer for an internal magnetic camera is provided. The introducer may be arranged to enable the camera to be placed inside of a body cavity through an otomy or incision and then oriented next to the tissue of the body cavity opposite an External Control Unit (“ECU”) outside of the body cavity. The camera may be retained in the introducer by a magnet or a magnetic material, by a selectively engageable retainer, or by covering the camera within a cavity. The camera may be retained in the introducer by a latch. The camera may include a keyed surface that only can align with a matching keyed surface on the retainer in a single orientation. The introducer may include a spring to eject the camera from the introducer when the retainer is disengaged.06-20-2013
20130158349INSERTION AND EXTRACTION ASSISTING DEVICE AND ENDOSCOPE SYSTEM - An insertion and extraction assisting device of an endoscope has a promotion unit attached on the front end side of the endoscope and a transmission section whose one end is connected to a promotion unit, and the other end is drawn along the endoscope, and an outside unit. The other end of the transmission section is connected to the outside unit, and rotational force or a turn signal from the outside unit is transmitted to the promotion unit, so that driving force is generated by the promotion unit. When the other end of the transmission section is connected to, the outside unit reads an ID code expressing a kind of the promotion unit and controls the rotational force or the turn signal to send to the promotion unit.06-20-2013
20130158350ELECTRICAL CONNECTING ELEMENT AND ENDOSCOPY SYSTEM - An electrical connecting element for supplying current to a light source, particularly an LED light source, that is or can be connected to a side of an endoscope, configured for introducing light into an optical system of the endoscope in a proximal region of the endoscope, and to an endoscopy system having an electrical connecting element, and to a use. Wherein the electrical connecting element is configured as a pre-formed, flat molded body having a longitudinally extended section, wherein the molded body has a curved shape at least in sections and is configured to be plugged onto an endoscope and to clasp tightly clinging thereon, wherein the molded body has electrical lines which have electrical contact surfaces in a proximal end region of the molded body in order to connect to a current supply, and electrical contact surfaces in a distal region for connecting to the light source.06-20-2013
20130158351ENDOBRONCHIAL TUBE WITH INTEGRATED IMAGE SENSOR - An endobronchial tube comprising at least two lumens of different lengths for selectively associating with a patient about at least two locations relative to the Tracheal Carina. said tube comprising: a first lumen having an open distal end that associates proximally to the Carina within the Trachea, with a first inflatable cuff; a second lumen having an open distal end that extends distally, past the Carina and associates within one of the Left Bronchial branch and Right Bronchial branch with a second inflatable cuff; a dedicated image sensor lumen spanning the length of said first lumen, the dedicated image sensor lumen comprising an image sensor and illumination source disposed adjacent to the distal end of said first lumen, and configured to provide an image of the Tracheal bifurcation of the Tracheal Carina, the openings of the Left Bronchial branch, and the opening Right Bronchial branch; and at least one dedicated cleaning lumen disposed parallel with said dedicated image sensor lumen along the length of said endobronchial tube and wherein said cleaning lumen is configured to forms a cleaning nozzle at the distal end, wherein said cleaning nozzle is directed toward said image sensor lumen at its distal end.06-20-2013
20130184524Scanning Endoscope Device - A scanning endoscope device including two core portions that are provided parallel to each other and that radiate illuminating beams having optical characteristics different from each other toward a subject; a driving unit that two-dimensionally scans the two illuminating beams radiated from the core portions by causing vibration of distal-end portions of the core portions; a light receiving unit that receives return beams, returned from the subject, of the two illuminating beams; a light splitting unit that splits the return beams received by the light receiving unit according to the optical characteristics; two light detecting units that photoelectrically convert the two return beams split by the light splitting unit to output captured image signals; and an image generating unit that generates two images for two viewpoint based on the each captured image signal.07-18-2013
20130184526CAPSULE-TYPE MEDICAL APPARATUS, GUIDANCE SYSTEM AND GUIDANCE METHOD THEREFOR, AND INTRASUBJECT INSERTION APPARATUS - Using a guidance system with a simple configuration, propulsive motion along a longitudinal direction and changing of the propulsion direction are easily performed with good precision and stability. There is provided a capsule-type medical apparatus which is inserted into the body of a subject and is guided by an external magnetic field, the capsule-type medical apparatus comprising: a substantially cylindrical capsule; a propulsion mechanism for converting rotary motion about a longitudinal axis R of the capsule into propulsive motion along the longitudinal axis R; a magnet accommodated inside the capsule and disposed in such a manner that the magnetic-pole direction thereof can be switched between a direction along the longitudinal axis R and a direction intersecting the longitudinal axis R; and a securing portion for securing the magnet to the capsule in each of the switched states of the magnetic-pole direction.07-18-2013
20130184525IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS, ENDOSCOPE DISTAL END PORTION INCLUDING THE IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS, AND ENDOSCOPE DISTAL END UNIT - A distal end rigid member, a prism provided inside the distal end rigid member and positioned at the rear in an optical axis direction of a lens for observing a site to be examined, an image pickup device fixed to a light exit surface of the prism inside the distal end rigid member, and a substrate including a surface fixed to the image pickup device and another surface fixed to an inner circumferential face of the distal end rigid member are included, and the other surface of the substrate is formed in a shape that reduces or eliminates a space between the inner circumferential face of the distal end rigid member and the other surface of the substrate.07-18-2013
20110288373SENSOR SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR IMAGE CAPTURE OF AN OBJECT - In a sensor system and a corresponding method for image capture of an object, an imaging sensor is arranged in a recording area of an optical sensor, the recording area being defined for the object, in such a way as to be essentially stationary relative to said object. By means of an evaluation unit, relative movements between the imaging sensor and the object can be derived from the recorded image data of the optical sensor, and a three-dimensional object image can be reconstructed from the imaging data as a function of the relative movements. When determining the relative movements, it is in particular possible as well to detect relative movements caused by the object's own motion which can be taken into account when reconstructing the object image. As a result, a high image quality of the object image is achieved.11-24-2011
20130123577Devices, Systems, and Methods for Controlling Field of View in Imaging Systems - Devices, systems, and methods for controlling the field of view in imaging systems are provided. For example, in one embodiment an imaging system includes a flexible elongate member sized and shaped for use within an internal structure of a patient, an imaging transducer positioned within the distal portion of the flexible elongate member, an imaging marker positioned to be detectable within a field of view of the imaging transducer, and a controller in communication with the flexible elongate member and configured to adjust a control signal of the flexible elongate member based on the detection of the imaging marker in data received from the flexible elongate member in order to achieve a desired field of view for the imaging transducer.05-16-2013
20130123578ENDOSCOPE SYSTEM AND CONTROL METHOD OF THE ENDOSCOPE SYSTEM - The present invention provides an endoscope system having a scope unit including an image capturing unit, a nonvolatile memory storing specific parameters of the scope unit, an image processing device, a first data transmission unit in the image processing device, transmitting a first packet including a signal for requesting, a first data reception unit in the image processing device, receiving a second packet based on the first packet and includes the specific parameters or the realtime information, a second data reception unit in the scope unit, receiving the first packet, a data selection unit selecting whether the second packet is transferred either in a first data format or in a second data format based on the signal that is included in the first packet received by the second data reception unit, and a second data transmission unit transmitting the second packet to the first data reception unit.05-16-2013
20130190563SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR SPATIAL AND SPECTRAL IMAGING - A system and method for acquiring images containing spatial and spectral information of an object include acquiring defocused images using an optical system based on extended depth of field. The optical system further includes a filter array comprising an array of at least six different sub-filters that are arranged such that any group of four immediately adjacent sub-filters includes at least one red sub-filter, at least one green sub-filter and at least one blue sub-filter. The filter array is located at the aperture stop of the optical system. A coded mask is located at the focal plane of the optical system, and an imager is located beyond the focal plane such that images acquired by the imager are defocused. The images are refocused, and spectral and spatial information is restored by designated software.07-25-2013
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20130197305MAGNETICALLY GUIDING SYSTEM AND MAGNETICALLY GUIDING METHOD - A magnetically guiding system includes: a capsule medical device that has a magnet provided therein; an information acquiring unit that acquires physical information about magnetic guiding of the capsule medical device; a magnetic field generating unit that generates a magnetic field for magnetically guiding the capsule medical device; and a control unit that sets a magnetic field condition based on the physical information acquired by the information acquiring unit and controls the magnetic field generating unit to generate a magnetic field corresponding to the magnetic field condition.08-01-2013
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20130204085SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR A MAGNETIC ENDOSCOPE - A magnetic endoscopic system including a wireless endoscope. The wireless endoscope includes one or more cameras and one or more lights for viewing internal portions of a body. The wireless endoscope further includes one or more magnets. The magnetic endoscopic system also includes a positioner externally positioned against the body for moving the wireless endoscope when positioned entirely or partially within the portions of the body. The positioner includes at least one magnet for attracting the one or more magnets and magnetically moving the wireless endoscope.08-08-2013
20130204086METHOD FOR CLEARING A BODY LUMEN ENVIRONMENT - An in vivo sensing device and system may contain or be used in conjunction with an image sensor and a body lumen clearing element or agent. A method may enable clearing a body lumen for in vivo sensing while using the device of the invention.08-08-2013
20120078045ENDOSCOPE SYSTEM, ENDOSCOPE IMAGE RECORDING APPARATUS, ENDOSCOPE IMAGE ACQUISITION ASSISTING METHOD AND COMPUTER READABLE MEDIUM - Plural predetermined examination parts of a patient are imaged sequentially and still images of the respective examination parts are thereby acquired by inserting an endoscope insertion unit having an imaging optical system in its tip portion into the body cavity of the patient. To this end, the number of still images taken is counted every time one of the predetermined examination parts. The counted number of still images taken is compared with a preset number of images which corresponds to the number of the plural predetermined examination parts. An alert is generated when non-coincidence is detected between the counted number of still images taken and the preset number. The operator is thus notified of occurrence of a failure to image.03-29-2012
20120088970ENDOSCOPE SYSTEM - An endoscope system includes: an endoscope scope insertion portion having an insertion portion configured to be inserted inside a living organism; an extracorporeal device which is disposed outside the living organism; a first scope-side signal connecting portion that is provided on the endoscope scope insertion portion and has a first electrode; and a cylindrical first extracorporeal-side signal connecting portion that is provided on the extracorporeal device and has a second electrode, the first extracorporeal-side signal connecting portion configured to engage with the first scope-side signal connecting portion. In this endoscope system, when the first scope-side signal connecting portion is engaged with the first extracorporeal-side signal connecting portion, at least a portion of the first scope-side signal connecting portion is located within an inside-cylinder space of the first extracorporeal-side signal connecting portion, and the first electrode and the second electrode are electrostatically coupled together.04-12-2012
20120088969ENDOSCOPE APPARATUS - An endoscope apparatus according to the subject matter includes: an illumination device configured to emit light to an object; an imaging device configured to generate a color imaging signal; a normal image generation device configured to generate a normal image from the color imaging signal; a spectral image generation device configured to generate a spectral image corresponding to a preset optical narrow band from the imaging signal; a display device configured to display a main screen region and a sub-screen region having a size less than a size of the main screen region; a switching signal generation device configured to generate a switching signal; and a display control device configured to control the display device so as to selectively switch between a region for displaying the normal image and a region for displaying the spectral image based on the switching signal.04-12-2012
20120095289CAPSULE MEDICAL DEVICE GUIDANCE SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR GUIDING CAPSULE MEDICAL DEVICE - A system and method for guiding a capsule medical device. The method includes: changing, by a control unit, a gradient distribution of a gradient magnetic field generated by a magnetic field generator in a vertical direction, the magnetic field generator generating at least the gradient magnetic field in the vertical direction to guide a capsule medical device that includes a magnetic-field responding unit; detecting, by a position detector, a position of the capsule medical device in the vertical direction based on a gradient distribution of the gradient magnetic field generated by the magnetic field generator, a physical parameter of the capsule medical device, and a physical parameter of a liquid when the capsule medical device starts to move; and setting, by the control unit, the magnetic field generated by the magnetic field generator based on the detected position of the capsule medical device in the vertical direction.04-19-2012

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