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Gregory S Konstorum, Edward A Grabover: Endoscope shaft with slotted tube. Circon Corporation, Harrington & Smith, June 15, 2004: US06749560 (527 worldwide citation)

An endoscope comprising a control section and a shaft extending from the control section. The shaft has a frame with a one-piece tube along a majority of a length of the shaft. The tube comprises a superelastic alloy and slots into the tube along at least one-section of the tube. Superelastic proper ...


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Elazar Sonnenschein, Minelu Zonnenshein, Randal Chinnock, Lawrence Crainich: Fundoplication apparatus and method. Medigus, Roach Brown McCarthy & Gruber P C, Kevin D McCarthy, January 2, 2007: US07156863 (370 worldwide citation)

An endoscopic device for the partial fundoplication for the treatment of GERD, comprises: a) a distal bending portion and a flexible portion suitable to be positioned in extended shape within the esophagus of a subject; b) a positioning assembly comprising two separate elements, one of which is loca ...


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James F McGuckin Jr: Surgical apparatus and method. Boston Scientific Corporation, Fay Kaplun & Marcin, June 26, 2007: US07235089 (369 worldwide citation)

Surgical method and apparatus for resectioning tissue, preferably lumenal tissue, with a remaining portion of an organ being anastomized with staples or other fastening devices, preferably endolumenally. The apparatus may be inserted via a naturally occurring body orifice or a surgical incision and ...


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Matthew R Selmon, Gerald Hansen, Charles Milo: Intravascular catheter system for treating a vascular occlusion. LuMend, Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, January 4, 2000: US06010449 (311 worldwide citation)

An intravascular catheter system for crossing a severe or total arterial occlusion includes a steerable intravascular catheter providing a working element and an optical guidance system. The optical guidance system is realized by an optical member with may include an imaging shaft that is rotated an ...


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Akira Suzuki, Hiroki Hibino, Yoshikatsu Nagayama deceased, Akemi Nagayama heiress, Yuuki Nagayama heir, Motokazu Nakamura: Endoscope apparatus capable of being switched to a mode in which a curvature operating lever is returned and to a mode in which the curvature operating lever is not returned. Olympus Optical, Armstrong Westerman Hattori McLeland & Naughton, August 19, 1997: US05658238 (223 worldwide citation)

A curvature section provided in an insertable section is curved in response to a curving instructing signal output by the operation of a curving operating switch. In case the curving operating switch is of a joy stick type having an operating lever, in response to the operation of a switching switch ...


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Michael S Banik, Lucien Alfred Couvillon Jr: Robotic endoscope with wireless interface. SciMed Life Systems, David B Bonham Esq, Mayer Fortkort & Williams PC, August 3, 2004: US06770027 (211 worldwide citation)

An endoscope apparatus and method of operating the same. The endoscope apparatus comprises an endoscope portion and a control and display unit. The endoscope portion preferably comprises: (i) a sensor disposed at a distal end of the endoscope portion and providing endoscope data; (ii) one or more el ...


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InBae Yoon: Branched endoscope system. Blank Rome Comisky & McCauley, May 23, 2000: US06066090 (206 worldwide citation)

An endoscope has two or more branches and each branch may include a source of illumination and a lens train, fiber optic bundle, or solid state image receiving device. Each branch end is independently manipulable or steerable and thus produces an image from a distinct point of view within the body ( ...


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Tadashi Sekiguchi, Hiroshi Fujita, Megumi Yoshinaga, Masashi Honda, Izumi Watanabe: Variable flexibility endoscope system. Kabushiki Kaisha Toshiba, Foley & Lardner, January 9, 1996: US05482029 (169 worldwide citation)

An endoscope system includes an endoscope section having a flexible pipe insertable into a body cavity. The flexible pipe is divided into a plurality of segments. Each segment has a mechanism, e.g. shape memory alloy, for varying the flexibility of that segment. A main frame unit has a flexibility c ...


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Eric J Seibel, Michael Kimmey, Richard S Johnston: Tethered capsule endoscope for Barretts Esophagus screening. University of Washington, Ronald M Anderson, May 12, 2009: US07530948 (167 worldwide citation)

A capsule is coupled to a tether that is manipulated to position the capsule and a scanner included within the capsule at a desired location within a lumen in a patient's body. Images produced by the scanner can be used to detect Barrett's Esophagus (BE) and early (asymptomatic) esophageal cancer af ...


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James T Spivey, Mark S Ortiz, Frederick E Shelton IV: Articulatable surgical device. Ethicon Endo Surgery, December 16, 2014: US08911471 (166 worldwide citation)

Methods and devices are provided for controlling movement of a working end of a surgical device. In one embodiment, methods and devices are provided for moving an end effector on a distal end of a surgical fastening device. Movement can include rotational movement of the end effector about an axis o ...