Endoscope apparatus having electric bending endoscope

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United States of America Patent

PATENT NO 7331924
APP PUB NO 20040034279A1
SERIAL NO

10393722

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An electric bending endoscope apparatus includes an electric bending endoscope, a bending control device for controlling a bending direction and the amount of bending of a bending portion based on a bending instructing signal outputted from a portion for instructing a bending operation in the electric bending endoscope, an image processing device for generating an observing image captured by the electric bending endoscope to a video signal, and a display device for displaying the video signal generated by the image processing device as an endoscope image, wherein the electric bending endoscope includes a bending driving portion for bending the bending portion arranged at an inserting portion, a bending motive portion for driving the bending driving portion, a portion for restoring transmission and disconnection of driving force that reversibly switches a status for transmitting the driving force by transmitting the driving force of the bending motive portion to the bending driving portion and a status for disconnecting the driving force, a portion for detecting a bending status which detects an operating status of the bending driving portion and detects the bending status of the bending portion, a portion for instructing a bending operation having a portion for inputting the bending instructing signal that outputs the bending instructing signal for relatively changing the bending direction and the amount of bending of the bending portion, a portion for detecting a predetermined bending status which detects that the bending portion is in at least one predetermined bending status, and a portion for notifying the predetermined bending status which sends a notification indicating that the bending portion is in the predetermined bending status based on a detecting result of the portion for detecting the predetermined bending status.

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Patent OwnerAddressTotal Patents
OLYMPUS CORPORATIONTOKYO6189

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Inventor(s)

Inventor Name Address # of filed Patents Total Citations
Arai, Keiichi Hachioji, JP 33 1784
Honda, Takemitsu Hino, JP 50 510
Ikeda, Yuichi Tama, JP 92 2070
Kawai, Toshimasa Yokohama, JP 24 1169
Kimoto, Seiichiro Hachioji, JP 63 651
Maeda, Toshinari Hachioji, JP 17 405
Miyagi, Takayasu Hachioji, JP 22 592

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Kabushiki Kaisha Machida Seisakusho (1)
* 5520222 Bending device 107 1995
 
THE WHITAKER CORPORATION (1)
* 6236876 Navigable probe and motor control apparatus 6 1997
 
KABUSHIKI KAISHA MEDOS KENKYUSHO, A CORP. OF JAPAN (1)
* 4483326 Curvature control mechanism in endoscopes 117 1982
 
ROCKWELL COLLINS, INC. (1)
* 6320284 Motor assembly allowing output in multiple degrees of freedom 20 1999
 
EVEREST VIT, INC. (1)
* 4700693 Endoscope steering section 157 1985
 
OLYMPUS OPTICAL CO., LTD. (4)
* 4895431 Method of processing endoscopic images 163 1987
* 4982725 Endoscope apparatus 70 1990
* 5469840 Electromotive warping type endoscope with velocity control 98 1994
* 5658238 Endoscope apparatus capable of being switched to a mode in which a curvature operating lever is returned and to a mode in which the curvature operating lever is not returned 239 1995
* Cited By Examiner

Patent Citation Ranking

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Patent Info (Count) # Cites Year
 
FUJIFILM CORPORATION (1)
* 2013/0172,679 ENDOSCOPE INSERTION ASSISTING DEVICE 1 2012
 
OLYMPUS CORPORATION (5)
* 7981028 Electrically-operated curving control device 2 2007
* 2007/0161,861 Electrically-operated curving control device 3 2007
* 7828723 Power driven bending endoscope with detachable insertion portion 7 2007
* 2007/0238,927 Power driven bending endoscope with detachable insertion portion 17 2007
8708895 Electrically-operated curving control device 0 2011
 
COVIDIEN LP (2)
8945113 Electrosurgical tissue ablation systems capable of detecting excessive bending of a probe and alerting a user 3 2012
9597151 Electrosurgical tissue ablation systems and methods capable of detecting excessive bending of a probe and alerting a user 0 2015
 
KARL STORZ GMBH & CO. KG (2)
9259141 Endoscope 0 2013
9526406 Endoscopic instrument 0 2013
* Cited By Examiner

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