04207873 is referenced by 204 patents and cites 2 patents.

An endoscope deflection control is described whereby enhanced one-hand control of the tip of a polydirectionally deflectable endoscope is obtained. The deflection control is mounted external to the head of the endoscope in such manner that convenient single-hand manipulation of deflection control wheels mounted on the head provides tip deflection in either a freewheeling deflection mode or an incremental mode characterized by discrete stable incremental tip deflections. Single-hand operation of the endoscope deflection control is obtained by locating incremental deflection position elements in a compact structure which is wholly or partly external to the head while the control wheels remain within manipulatable reach of the single hand's fingers. The deflection control wheels are under continuous control by the operator whose single hand may rotate either or both wheels in either mode and selectively, at any time, with the fingers of the same hand, may switch either or both control wheels into either of the modes by axially sliding the wheels into or out of engagement with associated incremental deflection position elements.

Title
Endoscope deflection control
Application Number
5/797413
Publication Number
4207873
Application Date
May 16, 1977
Publication Date
June 17, 1980
Inventor
Theodore A Kruy
Weston
CT, US
Agent
St Onge Steward Johnston Reens & Noe
Assignee
American Cystoscope Makers
CT, US
IPC
A61B 1/00
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