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Having flexible tube structure

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600 - Surgery

600101000 - ENDOSCOPE

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Class / Patent application numberDescriptionNumber of patent applications / Date published
600146000 With bending control means 81
600141000 Articulated segments 47
600140000 Plural layers 18
600144000 With adjustable rigidity 5
20100099951SYSTEM FOR CONTROLLING AN INSTRUMENT USING SHAPE SENSORS - The present invention relates, generally, to controlling a steerable instrument having an elongate body. More particularly, the present invention relates to a system and method for sensing the shape of a steerable instrument and controlling the steerable instrument in response to a control signal from a user input device and a shape signal corresponding to the sensed shape of at least a portion of the steerable instrument. The present invention also relates to a system for sensing the shape of a flexible instrument with an optical shape sensor.04-22-2010
20100217083SHAPE CONTROL ENDOSCOPE - Methods and devices are provided for controlling an endoscope in a body cavity. In one exemplary embodiment, a stiffening element for an endoscopic surgical system includes an elongate member having a diameter configured for insertion and use in a channel of an endoscope. The elongate member can be movable between an unlocked position in which the elongate member is freely movable to assume a desired configuration, and a locked position in which the elongate member is maintained in a desired configuration. In one embodiment, the elongate member is formed from a plurality of links that are pivotally coupled to one another. Methods for controlling a surgical device in a body cavity, as well as systems for use in endoscopic surgeries, are also provided herein.08-26-2010
20100324370Flexibility/Rigidity Adjustable Apparatus - There is provided a flexibility/rigidity adjustable apparatus which can change over its state between a flexible state in which such apparatus is freely bendable and a rigid state in which such bending is restricted when in use. A flexible closing cover 12-23-2010
20130178705ENDOSCOPE - An endoscope includes an insertion section, a bending section, a bending operation section and a shift mechanism. The bending section includes a first bending section and a second bending section provided at a proximal end of the first bending section. The second bending section includes an actuation pipe interposed between an angle wire extending in the second bending section and a wire guide through the angle wire and guiding the angle wire, and supported to be moved in the extending direction of the wire guide with respect to the wire guide. A rigidity of the second bending section is shifted while the actuation pipe is moved in the extending direction of the wire guide.07-11-2013
20130096384INSERTION DEVICE - An insertion device includes: a linear member inserted into an insertion portion to be movable; a plurality of mobile bodies provided in a state of being strung together on an outer periphery of the linear member and being movable with respect to the linear member; a restricting member fixed with respect to the linear member, the restricting member restricting a movable range of each mobile body with respect to the linear member and preventing each of the mobile bodies from falling off; and a fixing pin being movable between a first position and a second position at which the fixing pin is fitted in between any adjacent two mobile bodies.04-18-2013
600145000 With bend detecting means (e.g., endoscope tracking) 3
20120059221ENDOSCOPIC FORM DETECTION DEVICE AND FORM DETECTING METHOD OF INSERTION SECTION OF ENDOSCOPE - An endoscopic form detection device includes a posture detecting section configured to detect a posture of each of sensor units based on measurement data in the sensor unit, and a linear form detecting section configured to detect a detected linear form of an inserting section on an assumption that a form between the respective sensor units is a linear link whose dimension is equal to an inter-sensor dimension based on the detected posture of each of the sensor units. The endoscopic form detection device includes a form correcting section configured to compensate at least a position of each of the sensor units by using a particle filter, and configured to detect a corrected form obtained by correcting the detected linear form.03-08-2012
20100204547ENDOSCOPE BENDING CONTROL APPARATUS AND ENDOSCOPE SYSTEM - An endoscope bending control apparatus includes: an image feature value calculating section for calculating, based on an endoscopic image, an image feature value related to a luminal dark part; a bending control section for performing bending control on a bending portion in either one of a first bending operation mode in which a position of the luminal dark part is set as an insertion target and a distal end of the insertion portion is directed to the position and a second bending operation mode in which the distal end of the insertion portion is directed in a direction of the position of the luminal dark part; an operation mode switching section for switching an operation mode from one bending operation mode to the other according to a first switching condition based on the calculated image feature value; and a switching condition changing section for changing the first switching condition.08-12-2010
20120277534ENDOSCOPE - An endoscope includes a control method input section provided in a bending operation input unit and configured to input a control method of a bending operation, and a control method detector provided in an operation section body and configured to detect the input control method of the bending operation. The endoscope includes an activated portion provided in the bending operation input unit and configured to change its activated state in response to the bending operation in a bending operation input section, an activated state detector provided in the operation section body and configured to detect the activated state of the activated portion, and a drive member provided in the operation section body and configured to be driven in accordance with the detected control method and the detected activated state, thereby bending a bending section.11-01-2012
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20100076265ENDOSCOPE FLEXIBLE SECTION AND ENDOSCOPE - There is provided an endoscope and an endoscope flexible section that can secure bending rigidity and have the resistance against high temperature-and-pressure steam during sterilization. The endoscope flexible section includes a spiral tube, a net-like tube, and an outer cover member. The spiral tube is formed by winding a belt-like member made of metal, in a spiral shape. The net-like tube is formed in an annular shape on the periphery of the spiral tube by braiding thin metal wires. The outer cover member is formed on the periphery of the net-like tube. In the outer cover member, a polyparaxylene resin layer is formed in a pattern on the periphery of a cover layer that covers the periphery of the net-like tube and is made of fluororubber. The polyparaxylene resin layer is a pattern of the plural rings that are disposed in a circumferential direction at predetermined intervals.03-25-2010
20080294007BENDING PORTION OF INSERTION PART OF ENDOSCOPE AND ENDOSCOPE PROVIDED WITH INSERTION PART INCLUDING BENDING PORTION - An insertion part of an endoscope includes at least a bending portion and two portions connected to one and the other ends of the bending portion. A bending structure of the bending portion is connected at it's other end adjoining area overlapping with an adjoining area of at least one of the two portions to the adjoining area of the at least one of the two portions by a fixing member. A thread member wound on an end portion of a flexible covering member covering the bending structure, the end portion corresponding to the fixing member, has a pulled-in part arranged between the outer peripheral surface of that end portion of the cover member and a winding portion formed by the wound thread member, and the pulled-in part is arranged in a side of the fixing member. The winding portion of the thread member is covered by a resin layer.11-27-2008
20090093679COUPLING STRUCTURE FOR ENDOSCOPE FLEXIBLE TUBE AND ANNULAR COUPLING MEMBER - An insertion section of an endoscope has a flexible tube portion and a bending portion whose proximal end portion is coupled with a distal end of the flexible tube portion, a plurality of node rings are aligned in a bending tube serving as a base body portion of the bending portion, opening portions as through openings are provided in a node ring, protruding portions each having substantially the same shape as the opening portion are provided on an outer peripheral surface of a joint portion of the flexible tube portion that is inserted into the node ring, and a coupling structure according to the present invention couples the bending portion with the flexible tube portion by inserting the joint portion into the node ring and fitting the protruding portions into the opening portions.04-09-2009
20110270037Method and Apparatus for Advancing a Probe - Some embodiments relate to an apparatus comprising an elongate flexible tube sized to be received within a tract and having a proximal end and a distal end; a drive mechanism coupled to the proximal end of the tube; and a liquid column extending from the proximal end to the distal end; wherein the drive mechanism is configured to cause movement of the liquid column within the tube to impart forward momentum to the tube and thereby promote advancement of at least the distal end of the tube within the tract when at least the distal end is received within a part of the tract.11-03-2011
20090287053Medical operation device - A medical operation device is attachable to an insertion portion of a medical instrument for observation. The medical operation device includes: rotary cylinder rotatably disposed in device main body that has insertion portion inserting hole through which insertion portion is inserted; insertion portion pressing member that presses insertion portion inside rotary cylinder; insertion portion mounting section cover provided inside insertion portion inserting hole that prevents insertion portion directly touching inner face of insertion portion inserting hole, vicinity of opening of insertion portion inserting hole, and insertion portion pressing member; switching instruction portion that switches whether insertion portion pressing member presses insertion portion to specify state where rotary cylinder and insertion portion are united and state where insertion portion moves forward/rearward with respect to rotary cylinder; and rotation mechanism that, when rotary cylinder and insertion portion are united, rotates rotary cylinder to rotate insertion portion unified with rotary cylinder around insertion portion axis.11-19-2009
20090048487TREATMENT DEVICE - A treatment device according to the present invention includes: an elongated sheath having flexibility, the sheath being passed through an endoscope and introduced to an object to be treated; an incision knife section disposed approximately along an axial line of the sheath around an outer periphery at the distal end thereof, the incision knife section being used for incising tissue of the object to be treated; and a rotation-torque-transmitting section extending from a proximal end of the elongated sheath maneuvered by an endoscopist to an intermediate section of the incision knife section in the axial line direction, the rotation-torque-transmitting section rotating the sheath by transmitting rotation torque input at the proximal end of the sheath.02-19-2009
20080287740METHODS AND DEVICES FOR TRAVERSING AN ANATOMIC WALL - Disclosed herein are various systems and methods for traversing an anatomic wall. A system can include a port that mates with an anatomic wall and provides a lumen for the passage of a guide tube of a transluminal device. The port can inhibit the passage of biological materials through the anatomic wall. Further described herein are methods for implanting the port and/or for inserting the transluminal device into a body cavity.11-20-2008
20080294008ENDOSCOPE - An endoscope according to the present invention includes an insertion portion that is inserted into a duct, an observation window provided at a distal end in the insertion direction of the insertion portion for observing the inside of the duct, a balloon provided so as to extend in a radial shape in a diametrical direction of the insertion portion with respect to the insertion portion and which contacts an inner wall of the duct to fix the insertion portion to the inner wall, and a plurality of suction holes that are provided at a position that is further on the distal end side in the insertion direction than the balloon while being closer to a proximal end side in the insertion direction than the observation window in the insertion portion and that suck in dirt removed from the inner wall by contact between the balloon and the inner wall.11-27-2008
20080275302ENDOSCOPE - An endoscope includes an endoscope insertion portion having a bendable bending portion and a bending mechanism configured to bend the bending portion. The bending mechanism includes a pulley, at least one annular member, a pulling member, and a pulling operation member. The pulley is rotatably driven. The annular member is formed into a C-shape with a cut-out, and can be elastically deformed. The annular member is externally fitted to the pulley with a gap. The pulling member has an intermediate portion wound around the annular member. The distal end portion of the pulling member is connected to the bending portion, and the proximal end portion of the pulling member is connected to the pulling operation member which pulls the pulling member. The width direction position at the winding start position of the pulling member wound around the annular member is made different from the width direction position at the winding end position of the pulling member.11-06-2008
20090030281APPARATUS SUITED FOR USE IN A SPACE WHICH IS DIFFICULTLY ACCESSIBLE - An apparatus suitable for use in a space that is not easily accessible, comprising a distally provided head, which can be equipped with an inspection organ and/or intervention organ, and which is designed to be introduced into a cavitous body, a proximal control member remaining permanently outside the body, and a connecting body extending between the control member and the distal head, wherein the connecting body is designed for being at least partly introduced into the body, and wherein the head is provided with at least one rotatable bypass organ for at least one coupling element, a first end of which at least one coupling element is coupled to a permanently fixed point and a second end is position-variable, and wherein the first and the second ends of the coupling element are located at the side of the control member, wherein the connecting body is not compressible and surrounds the at least one coupling element, acting as guide.01-29-2009
20090198103CLOSE-WOUND COIL AND MEDICAL TREATMENT TOOL USING THIS COIL - A close-wound coil having a good rotation transmission performance, and a medical treatment tool using the close-wound coil. The close-wound coil is formed by winding a wire spirally and closely over a predetermined length around a predetermined first axis. The wire is formed, so that in the section vertical to a wire axis, the second moment of area concerning a second axis passing across the center of the section and vertical to the first axis is smaller than the second moment of area concerning a third axis passing across the center of the section and vertical to the second axis and parallel to the first axis.08-06-2009
20120078053ROBOTIC SYSTEM FOR FLEXIBLE ENDOSCOPY - A robotic manipulator controller and system for use in flexible endoscopy, the manipulator comprising a flexible member configured to be coupled to an endoscope, and an arm connected to and movable by the flexible member, wherein the flexible member has a first end connected to the arm and a second end connectable to the controller to allow a physical movement of the arm to be controllable by a physical movement of the controller.03-29-2012
20120078052MEDICAL DEVICE LIGHT SOURCE - Embodiments of the invention are directed medical devices for illuminating and viewing a patient's internal body portion. The device may include an elongated flexible tube including a distal end and a proximal end. The tube defines a channel extending from the proximal end to an aperture at the distal end. An illumination device is housed within the channel and configured to emit a distally directed path of light. A light source is provided at the distal end of the flexible tube and configured to emit a laterally directed path of light. In one embodiment the light source is a organic light emitting diode.03-29-2012
20120078051GUIDE WIRE FOR ENDOSCOPE - A guide wire includes a wire having an elongated body section and a distal portion decreasing in outer diameter from the body section. The guide wire may have a resin coating portion coating the body section and the distal portion and having a smooth outer surface; and a visually discernible mark provided at the resin coating portion. The body section may have a flexible portion which constitutes a part of the body section and lower in flexural rigidity than other portions of the body section different from the part, and the visually discernible mark is provided at a position of the resin coating portion at which the flexible portion is coated with the resin coating portion03-29-2012
20090253963BENDING PORTION OF MEDICAL INSERTION APPARATUS, AND MANUFACTURING METHOD AND MANUFACTURING APPARATUS THEREOF - A manufacturing method for a bending portion of a medical insertion apparatus includes, preparing a bending tube including cylindrical bending parts coaxially connected to each other and rotatable with respect to each other, preparing a braid tube including liner members made of a thermoplastic resin and forming a netlike shape, covering the braid tube on an outer peripheral portion of the bending tube, pushing-heating of protruding inwardly a part of the braid tube to be pushed into a push-in receiving portion of the bending part and heating the part to soften, and pushing-cooling of cooling the part to set.10-08-2009
20080312505Endoscope Comprising a Flexible Probe - An endoscope with a flexible, multilumen catheter probe 12-18-2008
20100198016BIOLOGICAL NAVIGATION DEVICE - Biological navigation devices and methods are disclosed. The devices can be used as or to support colonoscopies or endoscopes. The devices can have one or more releasable, and/or everting, and/or pressurized tubes. The devices can be removably attached to elongated elements, such as colonoscopes or other endoscopes.08-05-2010
20110245613ENDOSCOPIC DEVICE - An endoscopic device capable of autonomous locomotion through a body cavity with a pre-established direction of displacement, comprising a tubular body (10-06-2011
20110245612FLEXIBLE TUBE FOR ENDOSCOPE AND METHOD FOR PRODUCING THE SAME - The present invention provides a flexible tube for an endoscope, including: 10-06-2011
20100168519Endoscope Flexible Tube and Endoscope Device - In an endoscope flexible tube and an endoscope device of the present invention, an endoscope flexible tube which exhibits flexibility to be inserted into a body cavity includes a bending portion formed at a distal end side, a first flexible tube portion connected in series to a proximal end of the bending portion, and a second flexible tube portion connected in series to a proximal end of the first flexible tube portion. When the bending portion and the first flexible tube portion pass a flexed portion of the body cavity, a curvature radius of the first flexible tube portion which is passively bent under a predetermined force is set to be larger than a curvature radius of the bending portion in a maximum bent state.07-01-2010
20090171158ENDOSCOPE AND ATTACHING METHOD OF CONNECTION MOUTH RING TO END OF ENDOSCOPIC FLEXIBLE TUBE - An endoscope includes a flexible tube having a helical tube in which a thin strip plate is helically wound, a braid tube covering the outside of the helical tube, and a flexible outer tube covering the outside of the braid tube, a connection mouth ring plastically deformed and fixed to an end of the flexible tube, and a helical tube displacement preventing portion which prevents displacement of the strip plate of the helical tube at the end of the flexible tube to which the connection mouth ring is fixed, when the connection mouth ring is fixed to the end of the flexible tube.07-02-2009
20090171159Method and Devices for Minimally Invasive Arthroscopic Procedures - A surgical device is provided, the device having a tubular outer body member with a handle at its proximal end and a flexible distal end segment extending from its distal end. The surgical device also has an operable end extending from the distal end of the flexible distal end segment. The device is configured for selectively causing the flexible end segment to bend to adopt a desired curvature and for selectively rotating the operable end relative to the flexible distal end segment about an axis of the flexible distal end segment.07-02-2009
20120253125SYSTEMS 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.10-04-2012
20120190925METHOD FOR COMBINED IMAGING AND TREATING ORGANS AND TISSUES - The present invention provides methods and compositions for detecting and treating malignant tissue, organs or cells in a mammal. The method comprises parenterally injecting a mammalian subject, at a locus or by a route providing access to the tissue or organ, with a composition comprising a monoclonal antibody (chimeric, humanized, fully human), partial antibody, Fab Fragment, antibody fragment that is tagged with a fluorophore with or without the addition of a therapeutic chemotherapy molecule, which specifically binds to the targeted organ, tissue or cell. Resection of the primary malignant tissue within the mammalian species (using the fluorescence of the fluorescing targeting construct) provides the advantage of identifying all bulk tumor as fluorescent at the time of the original tumor resection.07-26-2012
20120271108ELECTRONIC ENDOSCOPE - A flexible tube portion of an insertion portion of an electronic endoscope and a universal cable each includes a laminated tube member and a corrugated tube connection member. The laminated tube member includes a conductive tube member and an insulating cover covering the conductive tube member. The corrugated tube connection member includes a fixing hole where an end portion of the laminated tube member is inserted. The end portion of the laminated tube member is adhesively fixed. The end portion of the laminated tube member is an electrical connection portion, and the conductive tube member is exposed. The corrugated tube connection member includes a conductive elastic member in the fixing hole. The conductive elastic member electrically connects the electrical connection portion to the corrugated tube connection member. The conductive elastic member is elastically deformable radially and contacts an outer surface of the conductive tube member with a predetermined pressing force.10-25-2012
20100249511FLEXIBLE ENDOSCOPE SUITABLE FOR MRI - Means to Solve The flexible endoscope 09-30-2010
20120101335ENDOSCOPE AND ENDOSCOPE SYSTEM - An endoscope comprising: 04-26-2012
20080255421Articulating tool with improved tension member system - The invention provides surgical or diagnostic tools and associated methods that offer improved user control for operating remotely within regions of the body, and improved methods of assembling the tools. In some embodiments these tools include a proximally-located actuator for the operation of a distal end effector, as well as proximally-located actuators for articulational and rotational movements of the end effector. Control mechanisms and methods refine operator control of end effector actuation and of these articulational and rotational movements. The articulation mechanisms comprise pairs of links, one link distal and the other proximal, configured such that movement of a proximal link is transferred to the distal link by way of tension bearing members. Embodiments of the invention include a guide for such tension bearing members that facilitates assembly of the tool. Embodiments also include improved methods for attaching tension bearing members to the links. The inventions disclosed herein may also be used with articulating devices outside of the surgical and diagnostic fields.10-16-2008
20100087711Repeatably flexible surgical instrument - A flexible-shaft surgical instrument is provided that can be repeatably bent to one or more desired angles on demand by a user without the use of a special bending tool. The flexible-shaft surgical instrument can be repeatably bent and re-bent into multiple positions without plastic deformation of the flexible-shaft surgical instrument occurring in any of one or more bend portions.04-08-2010
20080221392Method and Devices for Minimally Invasive Arthroscopic Procedures - A device with a flexible member configured to take on a curvilinear profile can be used to perform arthroscopic procedures. The device can be used to perform such procedures through two access ports, providing visualization and access to the entire site of the procedure, e.g. hip joint, without switching cannulated access portals or providing additional access portals.09-11-2008
20080214897Flexible Tube for Endoscope and Endoscope Device - A flexible tube for an endoscope and an endoscope device are provided. According to the present invention, a flexible tube for an endoscope is included in an insertion portion of the endoscope to be inserted into a body cavity and the flexible tube for the endoscope includes a bending portion provided at a distal end side and configured to perform a bending operation corresponding to an operation of an operator, and a flexible tube portion having a distal end and a proximal end and the distal end is connected to a proximal end side of the bending portion. The bending portion has a region that is bent at a first curvature radius when the bending portion is maximally bent, and at the distal end side of the flexible tube portion, a region that is set to be bent at a second curvature radius smaller than the first curvature radius when the bending portion is passively bent by a predetermined force quantity is provided. Accordingly, resistance which occurs when the bending portion is passing through the intestine bending portion is suppressed and an insertion performance of the insertion portion is increased. Thus, patients are less burdened and less painful.09-04-2008
20130144126ENDOSCOPE - An endoscope has a helical elastic tube constituting a flexible tubular part. The helical elastic tube comprises a dense coil having an initial tension given to at least one part.06-06-2013
20080200762Flexible endoscope shapelock - A medical apparatus includes a flexible sheath adapted to receive an endoscope. A first flexible rail is formed on the flexible sheath. The first flexible rail extends longitudinally along the length of the flexible sheath. A first rigidizable guide member includes a first track channel adapted to receive the first flexible rail. The first rigidizable guide member is adapted to slideably move along the first flexible rail and the first track channel.08-21-2008

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