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Koichiro Hori, Philip R Lichtman, David I Freed: Device-steering shaft assembly and endoscope. Vista Medical Technologies, Pandiscio & Pandiscio, November 23, 1999: US05989182 (144 worldwide citation)

An endoscope is provided that comprises an imaging device such as a micro-size video camera supported by a novel device-steering shaft assembly. The shaft assembly comprises a malleable or rigid shaft, an imaging device carrier releasably and pivotally supporting the imaging device at one end of the ...


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Christopher R Chaleki, Wayne P Griffin, E Arthur Woodbury, Arthur C McKinley, Harry R McKinley: Stereoscopic endoscope system. Vista Medical Technologies, Pandiscio & Pandiscio, May 12, 1998: US05751341 (103 worldwide citation)

A medical video endoscope system for allowing high-resolution three-dimensional images to be viewed has a stereoscopic endoscope for converting optical images of an object to left and right video image signals. An electronic processor module controls the stereoscopic endoscope and processes the left ...


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Koichiro Hori: Electronic endoscope. Vista Medical Technologies, Pandiscio & Pandiscio, April 20, 1999: US05895350 (82 worldwide citation)

An endoscope includes a hollow tube having a proximal end and a distal end, a window disposed in an aperture of the distal end of the tube, a lens disposed proximate the window in the distal end of the tube and a photodetector disposed proximate the objective lens in the distal end of the tube.


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Allen Newman: Method of using an optical female urethroscope. Vista Medical Technologies, Fish & Richardson P C, January 5, 1999: US05855549 (76 worldwide citation)

A female urethroscope includes a detachable, disposable semi-flexible sheath for insertion into a female's urethra. The sheath is provided with plurality of channels. One of the channels may receive an endoscope for optical examination of an operative site within the urethra. The remaining channels ...


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David G Matsuura, Walter Dean Gillespie, Allen Newman: Deflecting tip for surgical cannula. Vista Medical Technologies, Fish & Richardson P C, September 17, 2002: US06450948 (73 worldwide citation)

A steerable probe with a deflectable tip. In one embodiment, the probe may include a cannula having a proximal end and a distal end and extending along a length therebetween, an exterior surface, an interior surface defining a lumen, an elongate flexible section extending along a first portion of th ...


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Allen Newman: Optical surgical device with scraping tool. Vista Medical Technologies, Fish & Richardson, July 16, 1996: US05536234 (71 worldwide citation)

An optical surgical device includes a detachable, disposable semi-flexible sheath for insertion into a patient's body. The sheath is provided with plurality of channels. One of the channels receives an endoscope for optical examination of an operative site within the patient. The remaining channels ...


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John O Crawford: Endoscope with replaceable irrigation tube. Vista Medical Technologies, Pandiscio & Pandiscio, August 31, 1999: US05944654 (61 worldwide citation)

An endoscope apparatus includes a handle assembly and an outer tube having a distal end and a proximal end, the latter being fixed to the handle assembly. The outer tube is provided with a groove in an outermost surface of the outer tube and extending lengthwise of the outer tube. The apparatus furt ...


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Koichiro Hori, Herbert A Thaler: Method and apparatus for aligning stereo images. Vista Medical Technologies, Pandiscio & Pandiscio, February 20, 2001: US06191809 (60 worldwide citation)

A method and apparatus are provided for correcting for optical misalignment of the dual (left and right) images produced by a stereo electronic endoscope, or of the corresponding dual images produced by coupling electronic imaging devices to each of two monocular teaching ports of a stereo optical e ...


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Koichiro Hori: Surgical retractor with accessory support. Vista Medical Technologies, Pandiscio & Pandiscio, December 16, 1997: US05697891 (48 worldwide citation)

A surgical retractor assembly includes an elongated base bar, a first leg extending from the base bar and substantially normal thereto, a first gripper disposed on the first leg, a second leg mounted at a proximal end thereof on the base bar and extending parallel to the first leg, the second leg pr ...


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John O Crawford: Endoscope wherein electrical components are electrically isolated from patient-engaging components. Vista Medical Technologies, Pandiscio & Pandiscio, August 24, 1999: US05941817 (46 worldwide citation)

An endoscope comprises inner and outer tubes, the inner metal tube containing electrical an objective unit components including a solid state video imaging unit. An electrically insulative sleeve is disposed around the inner tube for electrically isolating the inner tube and electrical components fr ...