06878106 is referenced by 456 patents and cites 19 patents.

The invention relates to a deformable endoscope that has one or more light/image transmission passages and in which at least one additional instrument is provided, wherein the unit of endoscope and additional instrument has a non-round cross-section along a longitudinal section (insertion section) to be inserted into a human or animal body orifice. The light/image transmission passage or the plurality of light/image transmission passages form—in particular together with at least one work passage—a closed unit (fiberscope part) which can be separated from the additional instrument. The fiberscope part and the additional instrument can be displaced relatively relative to one another along their longitudinal directions. A holding unit is provided for the holding and/or guiding of the fiberscope part and the additional instrument relative to one another.

Title
Deformable fiberscope with a displaceable supplementary device
Application Number
9/913617
Publication Number
6878106 (B1)
Application Date
August 24, 2000
Publication Date
April 12, 2005
Inventor
Ingo F Herrmann
Munich, D-81479
DE
Agent
Townsend and Townsend and Crew
IPC
A61B 001/018
View Original Source