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US20130085331 SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR SELECTIVE MEASUREMENT OF FIBER OPTIC INSTRUMENT SENSORS  
An instrument system that includes an elongate body, an optical fiber, and a controller is provided. The optical fiber is operatively coupled to the elongate body and has a plurality of strain...
US20130085330 SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR ERROR ANALYSIS OF FIBER OPTIC INSTRUMENT DATA  
An instrument system that includes an elongate body, a first optical fiber, a second optical fiber, and a controller is provided. The first optical fiber is operatively coupled to the elongate...
US20110257634 ELECTRO-MECHANICAL SURGICAL DEVICE  
A flexible shaft includes a flexible, elongated outer sheath, at least one drive shaft disposed within the outer sheath and a moisture sensor disposed within the outer sheath configured to detect...
US20080306340 ENCAPSULATED MEDICAL DEVICE GUIDANCE SYSTEM, AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME  
An encapsulated medical device guidance system, and a method of controlling the system, in which guidance coils are arranged to divide a magnetic field generating plane into at least two front and...
US20130085333 FIBER OPTIC INSTRUMENT SHAPE SENSING SYSTEM AND METHOD  
An instrument system that includes an elongate body, a first optical fiber, a second optical fiber, and a controller is provided. The first optical fiber is operatively coupled to the elongate...
US20070161857 Method of determining the shape of a bendable instrument  
Embodiments of the invention relate to methods of positioning a bendable instrument by moving at least two control elements first and second amounts to bend the instrument to a position; measuring...
US20090005637 Method and Apparatus for Measuring and Controlling Blade Depth of a Tissue Cutting Apparatus in an Endoscopic Catheter  
According to the present state of the art, endoscopic cannulation of the common bile duct and papillotomy and/or sphincterotomy of the Papilla of Vater and/or the Sphincter of Oddi is accomplished...
US20080108872 Array system and method for locating an in vivo signal source  
A system and method for localizing an in vivo signal source using a wearable antenna array having at least two antenna elements. The signal is received and a signal strength is measured at two or...
US20080045794 Steerable segmented endoscope and method of insertion  
A steerable endoscope has an elongated body with a selectively steerable distal portion and an automatically controlled proximal portion. The endoscope body is inserted into a patient and the...
US20070161862 Capsule-type medical device  
A capsule-type medical device comprises a capsule main unit having functions for being inserted into the body cavity and performing medical acts such as taking images or the like. The capsule main...
US20160367324 INSERTION SHAPE DETECTION APPARATUS  
An insertion shape detection apparatus includes an insert portion having flexibility. The insert portion includes a shape estimation section where curved shape is estimated and a shape...
US20120203067 METHOD AND DEVICE FOR DETERMINING THE LOCATION OF AN ENDOSCOPE  
A technician-free strategy enables real-time guidance of bronchoscopy. The approach uses measurements of the bronchoscope's movement to predict its position in 3D virtual space. To achieve this, a...
US20110184238 IMAGE-BASED GLOBAL REGISTRATION SYSTEM AND METHOD APPLICABLE TO BRONCHOSCOPY GUIDANCE  
A global registration system and method identifies bronchoscope position without the need for significant bronchoscope maneuvers, technician intervention, or electromagnetic sensors. Virtual...
US20080033257 COMMUNICATION SYSTEM FOR CAPSULE TYPE MEDICAL APPARATUS, CAPSULE TYPE MEDICAL APPARATUS, AND INFORMATION RECEIVER  
A capsule type medical apparatus communication system of the present invention includes a capsule type medical apparatus and an information receiver, and the capsule type medical apparatus...
US20070066866 MEDICAL BED  
A medical bed in which an endoscope after use can be easily tidied up is provided. A medical bed of the present invention constitutes a medical bed having a laying table on which a patient is laid...
US20050192478 System and method for endoscopic optical constrast imaging using an endo-robot  
A system and method for endoscopic optical imaging using an endo-robot is provided. The method for performing endoscopic optical imaging using a capsule endoscope comprises: navigating the capsule...
US20170119474 Device and Method for Tracking the Position of an Endoscope within a Patient's Body  
Systems and methods of tracking the position of an endoscope within a patient's body during an endoscopic procedure is disclosed. The devices and methods include determining a position of the...
US20150305597 INSERTION ASSIST INFORMATION DETECTION SYSTEM FOR ENDOSCOPE APPARATUS AND ENDOSCOPE APPARATUS  
An insertion assist information detection system includes an endoscope apparatus and a movement amount detection sensor. The endoscope apparatus includes an insertion portion to be inserted into a...
US20150223670 INSERTION SYSTEM, INSERTION SUPPORTING DEVICE, INSERTION SUPPORTING METHOD AND RECORDING MEDIUM  
An inserting state acquiring section is configured to acquire inserting state information of an inserting section that is to be inserted into an insertion subject, an insertion subject shape...
US20100160731 ULTRASOUND-VISUALIZABLE ENDOSCOPIC ACCESS SYSTEM  
An endoscopic access system is provided including an outer cannula and a penetrating stylet. The stylet provides an enhanced echogenic profile configured to provide for effective navigation under...
US20080058597 Imaging and Locating Systems and Methods for a Swallowable Sensor Device  
The present invention is directed to locating and imaging with a swallowable sensor device disposed in a patient. The swallowable sensor device transmits an acoustic signal from inside a patient's...
US20080021274 ENDOSCOPIC MEDICAL DEVICE WITH LOCKING MECHANISM AND METHOD  
An endoscopic system having an endoscope carrying an endoscopic medical device that can be an auxiliary rear-ward facing camera or medical tool for cutting, ablation, cutting, suturing,...
US20070112252 Anatomical visualization system  
An improved anatomical visualization system which is adapted to augment a standard video endoscopic system with a coordinated computer model visualization system so as to enhance a physician's...
US20070106114 ENDOSCOPE-SHAPE MONITORING SYSTEM  
An endoscope-shape monitoring system is provided that is used to grasp a shape of a flexible insertion portion. The endoscope-shape monitoring system includes a position detecting system, a...
US20120203068 CAPSULE GUIDING SYSTEM  
A capsule guiding system includes a magnetic guiding unit, a displaying unit, an operation unit, and a control unit. The magnetic guiding unit guides, using magnetic force, a capsule-shaped...
US20090177032 METHOD 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...
US20060142639 Endoscope system  
An endoscope system includes a processor. The processor is physically connectable to different endoscopes to receive and process signals from an endoscope that is selectively physically connected...
US20060106284 Communication method of storage device, image storage system and image storage device  
This is the communication method of an image storage device for recording medical information. The communication method comprises a receiving information from a plurality of devices for providing...
US20120277531 Bend sensor  
A bend sensor for measuring a deflection of a technical or medical instrument, consisting of an elongated body of electrically insulating polymer material, with a longitudinal axis and with fibers...
US20170020612 ENDOSCOPE APPARATUS  
An endoscope apparatus includes an endoscope including a flexible insertion tube and a curved-shape detection sensor. The sensor includes an optical fiber that transmits detection light and a...
US20150359419 OBJECT INSERTION SYSTEM  
An object insertion system includes an insertion portion, a first information generator, a storage unit, a second information calculator and an output unit. The first information generator...
US20160073863 CURVED SHAPE SENSOR  
A curved shape sensor to detect a curved shape of a measured object includes a light source to emit detection light, an optical fiber to guide the detection light, a detection part provided at a...
US20100160728 ACTIVE 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...
US20050171427 Endoscopic examining apparatus particularly useful in MRI, a probe useful in such apparatus, and a method of making such probe  
Endoscopic examining apparatus, particularly useful in MRI, includes a probe movable through the body cavity; a set of tracking coils carried by the probe; and a set of imaging coils carried by...
US20050182296 Medical system  
An endoscope surgery system is provided, as a medical system, to be easily used by a user who is not used to the operation. An endoscope operation system includes a trolley and a remote...
US20150216391 OBSERVATION APPARATUS, OBSERVATION SUPPORTING DEVICE, OBSERVATION SUPPORTING METHOD AND RECORDING MEDIUM  
An inserting state acquiring section is configured to acquire inserting state information of an inserting section that is to be inserted into an insertion subject, and an insertion subject shape...
US20070106116 ENDOSCOPE-SHAPE MONITORING SYSTEM  
An endoscope shape monitoring system that is used to grasp a shape of a flexible insertion portion is provided. The endoscope shape monitoring system includes a plurality of coils. The coils are...
US20050033117 Object observation system and method of controlling object observation system  
An object observation system of the present invention has an observation apparatus for observing a body to be examined, a three-dimensional image recording apparatus for recording...
US20060009679 Electronic endoscope system capable of detecting inserted length  
An endoscope system includes an endoscope having an insertion section to be inserted into a body cavity, a plurality of sensors that detects environmental condition thereof, the plurality of...
US20050085717 Systems and methods for intraoperative targetting  
Systems and methods are disclosed for assisting a user in guiding a medical instrument to a subsurface target site in a patient by indicating a spatial feature of a patient target site on an...
US20160331473 SURGICAL SYSTEM AND SURGICAL-SYSTEM OPERATING METHOD  
A surgical system is provided with: a first medical instrument that is disposed inside a body cavity and that has an observation unit and a marking unit that is capable of being positioned with...
US20100152538 DEVICE FOR PREVENTING ENDOSCOPE DAMAGE BY ERRANT LASER FIRE IN A SURGICAL LASER  
Provided is a device that can be attached to an endoscopic device and when so attached is capable of protecting said endoscope from damage that may be caused by errant laser fire. Also provided is...
US20080312501 Capsule Medical System  
A capsule medical system is provided that accurately detects the location at which biological information, such as an image captured in a living body, is acquired. A circular loop antenna 23...
US20150342500 RELATIVE POSITION DETECTING SYSTEM OF TUBULAR DEVICE AND ENDOSCOPE APPARATUS  
A relative position detecting system of a tubular device includes a shape sensor and a relative position detecting section. The shape sensor is configured to detect a shape of the tubular device...
US20150313446 ROBOTIC-ASSISTED SURGICAL SYSTEM AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF  
A robotic-assisted surgical system includes a flexible inserted portion having an elongated shaft; a distal-end movement-amount detecting portion that detects an amount of movement of the distal...
US20090281387 CAPSULE-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...
US20060069305 Device with enhanced indication of use and prevention of re-use  
In one aspect, the present invention is a medical device that reduces the likelihood of an operator improperly reusing it. The medical device includes (a) a device body; (b) a substrate comprising...
US20120095290 CAPSULE MEDICAL DEVICE GUIDANCE SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR GUIDING CAPSULE MEDICAL DEVICE  
A capsule medical device guidance system includes: a magnetic field generator that applies a magnetic field having a magnetic field gradient to the magnetic field response unit and guides the...
US20080139883 Position Detection System for a Medical Device and Medical-Device Guidance System  
There is provided a position detection system for a medical device including a magnetic induction coil inside the medical device; a driving coil, disposed outside an operating region of the...
US20070149846 Anatomical visualization system  
An improved anatomical visualization system which is adapted to augment a standard video endoscopic system with a coordinated computer model visualization system so as to enhance a physician's...

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