06858005 is referenced by 378 patents and cites 141 patents.

A steerable, tendon-driven endoscope is described herein. The endoscope has an elongated body with a manually or selectively steerable distal portion and an automatically controlled, segmented proximal portion. The steerable distal portion and the segment of the controllable portion are actuated by at least two tendons. As the endoscope is advanced, the user maneuvers the distal portion, and a motion controller actuates tendons in the segmented proximal portion so that the proximal portion assumes the selected curve of the selectively steerable distal portion. By this method the selected curves are propagated along the endoscope body so that the endoscope largely conforms to the pathway selected. When the endoscope is withdrawn proximally, the selected curves can propagate distally along the endoscope body. This allows the endoscope to negotiate tortuous curves along a desired path through or around and between organs within the body.

Title
Tendon-driven endoscope and methods of insertion
Application Number
10/229577
Publication Number
6858005 (B2)
Application Date
August 27, 2002
Publication Date
February 22, 2005
Inventor
Chris A Julian
Los Gatos
CA, US
Scott C Anderson
Sunnyvale
CA, US
Wade A Keller
San Jose
CA, US
Alex T Roth
Redwood City
CA, US
Amir Belson
Cupertino
CA, US
Joseph M Tartaglia
Morgan Hill
CA, US
Robert M Ohline
Redwood City
CA, US
Agent
Goodrich & Rosati
Wilson Sonsini
Assignee
Neo Guide Systems
CA, US
IPC
A61B 001/00
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