05351677 is referenced by 61 patents and cites 14 patents.

A medical system has a detecting device for detecting three dimensional image information about a living body, a signal processing circuit for processing the image signal transmitted from the detecting device, and an object information reproduction device. The object information reproduction device comprises a movable displacement element which is touched by the operator and acts according to the output from the signal processing circuit so as to cause the operator to tactually sense information about the object. Thus, the operator is able to recognize the degree of unevenness in a tactile manner by touching the displacement element. Other embodiments include means for sensing and reproducing hardness and temperature of the object.

Title
Medical system having object information reproduction means for palpation
Application Number
7/868642
Publication Number
5351677
Application Date
April 15, 1992
Publication Date
October 4, 1994
Inventor
Katsuya Suzuki
Hachioji
JP
Kiyotaka Matsuno
Hachioji
JP
Takashi Fukaya
Hachioji
JP
Yasundo Tanaka
Urawa
JP
Masakazu Nakamura
Hachioji
JP
Michio Sato
Hino
JP
Eiichi Fuse
Hachioji
JP
Seiji Yamaguchi
Hachioji
JP
Yoshihiro Kosaka
Hachioji
JP
Koichi Umeyama
Kasukabe
JP
Hideyuki Adachi
Hachioji
JP
Kuniaki Kami
Hachioji
JP
Agent
Armstrong Westerman Hattori McLeland & Naughton
Assignee
Olympus Optical
JP
IPC
H04N 7/18
G06F 15/42
A61B 1/06
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