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A reduced area imaging device is provided for use in medical or dental instruments such as an endoscope. In one configuration of the imaging device, the image sensor is placed remote from the remaining circuitry. In another configuration, all of the circuitry to include the image sensor is placed in a stacked fashion at the same location. In a first embodiment of the invention, the entire imaging device can be placed at the distal tip of an endoscope. In a second embodiment, the image sensor is remote from the remaining circuitry according to the first configuration, and wherein a control box can be provided which communicates with the image sensor and is placed remotely from the endoscope. In yet another embodiment, the imaging device can be incorporated in the housing of a standard medical camera which is adapted for use with traditional rod lens endoscopes. In any of the embodiments, the image sensor may be placed alone on a first circuit board, or timing and control circuits may be included on the first circuit board containing the image sensor. One or more video processing boards can be stacked in a longitudinal fashion with respect to the first board, or the video processing boards may be placed in the control box.

Title
Reduced area imaging devices incorporated within surgical instruments
Application Number
944322
Publication Number
5986693
Application Date
November 24, 1997
Publication Date
November 16, 1999
Inventor
Randall S Adair
3082 S. Flamingo Way, Denver, 80222
CO, US
Jeffrey L Adair
1861 E. Redfox Pl., Highlands Ranch, 80126
CO, US
Edwin L Adair
317 Paragon Way, Castle Pines Village, 80104
CO, US
Agent
Fields and Johnson P C
IPC
G01N 23/04
H04N 7/18
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