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Stephen Martone, Katsumi Oneda: Endoscope assemblies having working channels with reduced bending and stretching resistance. Vision Sciences, Dorsey & Whitney, June 6, 2006: US07056284 (361 worldwide citation)

Apparatus and methods for endoscope assemblies having working channels with reduced bending and stretching resistance are disclosed. In one embodiment, an endoscope assembly includes a sheath having a body portion adapted to at least partially encapsulate an endoscopic insertion tube, and a working ...


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Stephen Martone, Katsumi Oneda: Endoscope assemblies having working channels with reduced bending and stretching resistance. Vision Sciences, Dorsey & Whitney, May 25, 2004: US06740030 (356 worldwide citation)

Apparatus and methods for endoscope assemblies having working channels with reduced bending and stretching resistance are disclosed. In one embodiment, an endoscope assembly includes a sheath having a body portion adapted to at least partially encapsulate an endoscopic insertion tube, and a working ...


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Hamilton Bruce, Landman Mark S, Martone Stephen, Mulhern Timothy J: Endoscopic sheath assemblies having longitudinal expansion inhibiting mechanisms. Vision Sciences, BULCHIS Edward W, June 24, 2004: WO/2004/052426 (344 worldwide citation)

A sheath assembly (500) and method for using on an insertion tube (54) having a body portion (102) adapted at least partially encapsulate the tube, the body portion having a radially non-compliant portion (513) and a radially compliant portion (511); and at least one compliant inflatable member (510 ...


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Robert E Ailinger, James J Frassica, Robert J Herrington: Vertebrae for a bending section of an endoscope. Vision Sciences, Seed and Berry, December 21, 1993: US05271381 (230 worldwide citation)

A bending section of an endoscope is constructed from non-round vertebrae. The vertebrae are D-shaped, having a planar portion and an arcuate portion. A first pair of protrusions extends from a first surface of the vertebra, defining a vertical bending axis. A second pair of protrusions extends from ...


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Katsumi Oneda, E Paul Harhen, Isao Fujimoto: Sheath for protecting and altering the bending characteristics of a flexible endoscope. Vision Sciences, Dorsey & Whitney, January 16, 2001: US06174280 (227 worldwide citation)

A sheath for use with an endoscope having a flexible insertion tube to isolate at least a portion of the insertion tube from an external environment, and to alter the bending characteristics of at least a portion of the insertion tube, is shown and described. The sheath includes a compliant tube and ...


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Bruce Hamilton, Mark S Landman, Steve Martone, Timothy J Mulhern: Endoscopic sheath assemblies having longitudinal expansion inhibiting mechanisms. Vision Sciences, Dorsey & Whitney, September 21, 2004: US06793661 (203 worldwide citation)

Methods and apparatus for inhibiting longitudinal expansion of a body portion of an endoscopic sheath during inflation of an inflatable member are disclosed. In one embodiment, a sheath assembly includes a body portion adapted to encapsulate a distal end of an insertion tube, and an inflatable membe ...


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Fred E Silverstein, Eric A Opie deceased, David R Kreft, Bandula Wijay: Antiglare tip in a sheath for an endoscope. Vision Sciences, Seed and Berry, March 16, 1993: US05193525 (195 worldwide citation)

An antiglare tip for the sheath of an endoscope to prevent glare in an image viewer is disclosed. The antiglare tip includes an interfitting region with the endoscope to ensure that all light entering the image viewer is reflected from objects external to the endoscope. An opaque projection extends ...


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Jim Frassica, Robert Ailinger: Working channels for a disposable sheath for an endoscope. Vision Sciences, Seed and Berry, January 16, 1996: US05483951 (174 worldwide citation)

An endoscopic sheath assembly having an endoscope tube and a plurality of working channels, wherein the endoscope tube is adapted to receive and tightly surround a flexible, elongated endoscope that has a neutral bending plane. Working channels, including a biopsy channel, an air channel, and a wate ...


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Katsumi Oneda, Isao Fujimoto, Alan D Lucas: Endoscopic contamination protection system to facilitate cleaning of endoscopes. Vision Sciences, Seed and Berry, May 21, 1996: US05518501 (144 worldwide citation)

A coupling cartridge and end cap for protecting an endoscope from contamination during use. The coupling cartridge provides fluid communication between a pair of external fluid conduits and respective channels formed in an endoscope insertion tube, and between a biopsy channel port projecting from t ...


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E Paul Harhen: Endoscope with sheath retaining device. Vision Sciences, Seed and Berry, March 2, 1999: US05876329 (136 worldwide citation)

An endoscope for use with an elastomeric sheath for performing an endoscopic procedure. The endoscope includes a body, an insertion tube extending away from the body and terminating at a distal end portion, and a sheath retainer connected to the distal end portion of the insertion tube for releasabl ...