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 ...

Koichiro Hori, John R Lyon: Asymmetric stereo-optic endoscope. Oktas General Partnership, Pandiscio & Pandiscio, February 18, 1997: US05603687 (108 worldwide citation)

An endoscope for stereo-optically viewing an object comprises a tubular insertion portion characterized by a pair of adjacent asymmetric optical systems including a primary imaging channel and a secondary imaging channel. Associated with each channel is a solid state electronic imaging means positio ...

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.

Melvin B Prenovitz, Koichiro Hori: Coupler for surgical endoscope and video camera. MP Video, Wolf Greenfield & Sacks, September 16, 1986: US04611888 (70 worldwide citation)

A device for coupling a rigid surgical endoscope and a video camera has a compact, lightweight configuration which receives the endoscope without the conventional bulky endoscope eyepiece. The coupler has front and rear sections rotatable with respect to each other under a frictional drag to enable ...

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 ...

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 ...

Koichiro Hori: Endoscope having parasitic light elements. Oktas, Pandiscio & Pandiscio, July 23, 1996: US05538497 (45 worldwide citation)

An endoscope includes a first tube having a proximal end and distal end, a second tube having a proximal end and distal end, and a control rod movably coupled to the first tube and secured to the second tube for allowing the second tube to be rotated out of lengthwise alignment with and axially mova ...

Koichiro Hori, Philip R Lichtman: Endoscopic video camera with malleable support. Vista Medical Technologies, Pandiscio & Pandiscio, August 24, 1999: US05941818 (33 worldwide citation)

An endoscope is provided that comprises a micro-size video camera, a flexible cable attached to the camera comprising fiber optical means for transmitting light to illuminate the site viewed by the camera and electrical conductors for transmitting electronic signals generated by the camera in respon ...

Koichiro Hori, Dennis Arsenault: Endoscope coupler with magnetic focus control. Linvatec Corporation, November 1, 1994: US05359992 (27 worldwide citation)

An endoscope coupler includes a sealed chamber and a lens assembly longitudinally movable within the chamber for focusing an image to be received by a video camera. Spaced permanent drive magnets located exteriorly of the chamber are magnetically coupled with respective permanent driven magnets secu ...

Koichiro Hori: Endoscope coupler with liquid interface. Linvatec Corporation, September 20, 1994: US05347988 (27 worldwide citation)

An improved endoscope assembly includes a quantity of optically transparent liquid filling the space between facing windows of adjoining mechanically and optically coupled components to eliminate fogging due to condensation and thereby provide improved image quality. One component includes a male co ...