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.

Title
Method and apparatus for magnetically controlling endoscopes in body lumens and cavities
Application Number
12/350637
Publication Number
20090177032
Application Date
January 8, 2009
Publication Date
July 9, 2009
Inventor
Gerard H Epplin
St Louis
MO, US
Walter M Blume
St Louis
MO, US
Jeffrey M Garibaldi
St Louis
MO, US
Agent
Harness Dickey & Pierce
MO, US
IPC
A61B 01/04
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