A magnetically navigable endoscope system includes an endoscope (22) having a proximal end (36), and a distal end (38); the distal end having a magnetic body (62); a component (26) which transmits an image, associated with the distal end; a display component (30) for displaying the image; a magnetic field generating apparatus (34) for generating a magnetic field to orient the magnetic body, and thus the distal end of the endoscope; and a controller (32) coordinated with the display for controlling the magnetic field generating apparatus to seletively change the magnetic field to change the orientation of the magnetic body, and thus the distal end of the endoscope.

Title
Method and apparatus for magnetically controlling endoscopes in body lumens and cavities
Application Number
PCT/US2000/009903
Publication Number
2000/060996
Application Date
April 13, 2000
Publication Date
October 19, 2000
Inventor
Epplin Gerard H
Blume Walter M
Garibaldi Jeffrey M
Agent
WHEELOCK Bryan K
Assignee
Epplin Gerard H
Blume Walter M
Garibaldi Jeffrey M
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IPC
A61B 01/005
A61B 01/01
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