US Pat. No. 9,351,629

MULTI-ELEMENT COVER FOR A MULTI-CAMERA ENDOSCOPE

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1. A tip section of a multi-camera endoscope, the tip section comprising:
a unitary fluid channeling component comprising a front fluid channel leading to a front fluid channel opening at a distal
end of the unitary fluid channeling component and a working channel leading to a working channel front opening at the distal
end of the unitary fluid channeling component;

an electronic circuit board comprising a front looking camera, a right side looking camera, and a left side looking camera;
and

a multi component cover configured to cover and seal said electronic circuit board and unitary fluid channeling component
so as to prevent physically exposing said electronic circuit board and unitary fluid channeling component to fluids, wherein
the multi component cover comprises:

a unitary first component configured to cover a first side portion of said electronic circuit board and the unitary fluid
channeling component and to cover the distal end of said electronic circuit board and the unitary fluid channeling component,
wherein the unitary first component comprises a distal face having a plurality of openings and a first curved side wall, attached
to said distal face, extending longitudinally along a side of the tip section and wherein the plurality of openings of the
distal face of the unitary first component is configured to mate to the front fluid channel opening and working channel front
opening in the unitary fluid channeling component; and

a second component configured to cover a second side portion of said electronic circuit board and the unitary fluid channeling
component, wherein the second component comprises a second curved side wall having a side edge and a distal edge and wherein
the second curved side wall is adapted to attach to the first curved side wall along said side edge and is adapted to attach
to the distal face along said distal edge.

US Pat. No. 9,492,063

MULTI-VIEWING ELEMENT ENDOSCOPE

ENDOCHOICE INNOVATION CEN...

1. A tip section of a multi viewing element endoscope, wherein the tip section has a flat end surface, a first curved side
surface, and a second curved side surface opposing the first curved side surface and wherein the tip section comprises:
a front-pointing viewing element and a discrete front illuminator associated therewith;
a front fluid injector configured for cleaning at least one of said front-pointing viewing element and said discrete front
illuminator, wherein the front-pointing viewing element is positioned on said flat end surface, has a length over which an
external object remains in focus in a range of 3-100 millimeters, and has a first field of view of at least 150 degrees;

a first side-pointing viewing element;
a discrete side illuminator associated with the first side-pointing viewing element;
a side fluid injector configured for cleaning at least one of said side-pointing viewing element and said discrete side illuminator,
wherein the first side-pointing viewing element is positioned on the first curved side surface, has a length over which an
external object remains in focus in a range of 2-33 millimeters, has a second field of view of at least 150 degrees, and has
a center positioned 7 to 11 millimeters from the flat end surface;

a second side-pointing viewing element;
a discrete side illuminator associated with the second side-pointing viewing element, wherein the second side-pointing viewing
element is positioned on the second curved side surface, has a length over which an external object remains in focus in a
range of 2-33 millimeters, has a third field of view of at least 150 degrees, and has a center positioned 7 to 11 millimeters
from the flat end surface and wherein the first field of view partially overlaps with the second and third fields of view;

a working channel configured for insertion of a surgical tool; and
a pathway fluid injector for inflating and/or cleaning a body cavity into which the endoscope is inserted, wherein the pathway
fluid injector, side fluid injector and front fluid injector are each in fluid communication with a common fluid supply channel.

US Pat. No. 9,402,533

ENDOSCOPE CIRCUIT BOARD ASSEMBLY

ENDOCHOICE INNOVATION CEN...

1. An electronic assembly for a tip section of a multi-camera endoscope, the assembly comprising:
a front-pointing camera facing a first direction;
a first side-pointing camera facing a second direction;
a second side-pointing camera facing a third direction, wherein the second direction is opposite the third direction and wherein
the second and third directions are substantially perpendicular to the first direction;

a camera circuit board configured to communicate with the front-pointing camera, first side-pointing camera, and second side-pointing
camera; and

a flexible illuminator circuit board comprising
a first section comprising a first plurality of flexible panels;
a second section comprising a second plurality of flexible panels;
a third section that is attached to the first and second sections, wherein, in a first configuration, the first section, second
section and third section define a first plane;

a first illuminator mounted on the third section;
a second illuminator mounted on one of said first plurality of flexible panels;
a third illuminator mounted on one of said second plurality of flexible panels wherein, upon said flexible illuminator circuit
board being folded into a second, operative configuration, the first illuminator is positioned adjacent to the front-pointing
camera and defines a second plane orthogonal to the first plane, the second illuminator is positioned adjacent to the first
side-pointing camera and defines a third plane orthogonal to the first plane, and the third illuminator is positioned adjacent
to the second side-pointing camera and defines a fourth plane orthogonal to the first plane, and wherein said second, third
and fourth planes are different.

US Pat. No. 9,320,419

FLUID CHANNELING COMPONENT OF A MULTI-CAMERA ENDOSCOPE

EndoChoice Innovation Cen...

1. A tip section of a multi-camera endoscope, the tip section comprising:
a front camera with a front optical assembly, a front light source, and a front sensor surface associated therewith;
a first side camera with a first side optical assembly, and a first side sensor surface associated therewith;
a second side camera with a second side optical assembly, and a second side sensor surface associated therewith;
a fluid channeling component for a tip section of a multi-camera endoscope, the fluid channeling component comprising one
or more fluid channels configured for flowing for insufflation and/or irrigation fluid, wherein said fluid channeling component
further comprises a front opening of said one or more fluid channels for cleaning at least one of the front camera and the
front light source; and

a unitary support element, having a longitudinal central axis, adapted to support the front camera, the front optical assembly,
the front sensor surface, the first side camera, the first side optical assembly, the first side sensor surface, the second
side camera, second side optical assembly, and the second side sensor and comprising a planar surface and a plurality of panels
extending up from, and substantially perpendicular to, the planar surface, wherein the plurality of panels are configured
to attach to and position the first side sensor surface and the second side sensor surface parallel to the longitudinal central
axis and attach to and position the front sensor surface perpendicular to the longitudinal central axis and wherein the unitary
support element, together with the front camera, the front optical assembly, the front sensor surface, the first side camera,
the first side optical assembly, the first side sensor surface, the second side camera, second side optical assembly, and
the second side sensor, form a modular unit adapted to be inserted into the tip section.

US Pat. No. 9,101,268

MULTI-CAMERA ENDOSCOPE

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1. A tip section of a multi-camera endoscope, the tip section having a cylindrical surface with a plurality of depressions
therein and a distal end, having a planar surface perpendicular to said cylindrical surface, comprising:
a front-pointing camera, wherein the front-pointing camera comprises a lens assembly providing a front field of view of at
least 120 degrees and a focal length of approximately 3-100 millimeters, wherein the front-pointing camera is positioned on
the planar surface of the distal end of the tip section;

two side-pointing cameras each having a center positioned approximately 7 to 11 millimeters from the planar surface of the
distal end, wherein each of said two side-pointing cameras has a side field of view of at least 120 degrees, has a focal length
of approximately 2-33 millimeters, is positioned within at least one of said plurality of depressions in said cylindrical
surface and has a discrete illuminator associated therewith, wherein the side field of view provided by said two side-pointing
cameras partially overlaps with the front field of view such that an object of interest viewed by said one of said two side-pointing
cameras remains in the side field of view of said side-pointing camera while said tip section is being turned towards the
object and at least until the object becomes visible in the front field of view;

a working channel configured for insertion of a surgical tool; and
a pathway fluid injector for inflating and/or cleaning a body cavity into which the endoscope is inserted.

US Pat. No. 9,314,147

ROTATABLE CONNECTOR FOR AN ENDOSCOPE

ENDOCHOICE INNOVATION CEN...

1. A rotating connector positioned on an endoscope console for connecting an endoscope to the endoscope console, wherein the
endoscope console comprises a tube for delivering gas or fluid, comprising:
at least one fixed part located on the endoscope console for causing the rotating connector to contact the console, wherein
the at least one fixed part comprises a base, a cover and a non-rotating planar disk having an opening in fluid communication
with said tube, wherein the cover is attached to the base and comprises a recess extending around a periphery of thereof,
and wherein the non-rotating planar base is positioned between the cover and the base;

a rotating part adapted to contact the at least one fixed part such that the rotating part can rotate relatively to the at
least one fixed part, wherein;

a first end of the rotating part comprises a cylindrical opening adapted to receive a member of an endoscope and a cannula
adapted to receive a tube of the endoscope and configured to receive the gas or fluid from the tube in the console and deliver
said gas or fluid into the tube of the endoscope;

a second end of the rotating part comprises a rotating planar base having an opening in fluid communication with said cannula,
said rotating planar base being positioned between the cover and the non-rotating planar disk such that the rotating planar
base is adapted to rotate between the cover and the non-rotating planar disk; and

the rotating planar base comprises a protrusion positioned within the recess extending around the periphery of the cover such
that said recess limits an extent of rotational movement of the rotating planar base by blocking a movement of the protrusion;
and

a second recess positioned between said non-rotating planar disk and said rotating planar base, wherein the recess is adapted
to receive said gas or fluid from the tube of the console and deliver said gas or fluid to the opening in the rotating planar
base in fluid communication with the cannula.

US Pat. No. 9,101,287

MULTI CAMERA ENDOSCOPE ASSEMBLY HAVING MULTIPLE WORKING CHANNELS

Endochoice Innovation Cen...

1. An endoscope assembly, the assembly comprising:
a substantially cylindrical fluid channeling component having a length and a height, the fluid channeling component having,
along said height, a first fraction and a second fraction, wherein:

the first fraction extends outward along the length of the fluid channeling component, and comprises a housing that has encased
therein a working channel extending along the length of said fluid channeling component, and the second fraction is a void;

an electrical assembly configured to fit within said second fraction, wherein the electrical assembly comprises an integrated
circuit board having mounted thereon a front-pointing camera, a first side-pointing camera, and a second side-pointing camera;
and

two front illuminators positioned adjacent the front-pointing camera, two first side illuminators positioned adjacent the
first side-pointing camera, and two second side illuminators positioned adjacent the second side-pointing camera;

a tip cover section configured to be removably attachable to said fluid channeling component and configured to receive said
electrical assembly, wherein the tip section comprises a front working channel configured to mate to said working channel
of the fluid channeling component and provide a contiguous pathway for receiving a medical tool, optical windows configured
to mate to said two front illuminators, optical windows positioned along a first side of the tip section and configured to
mate to said two first side illuminators, and optical windows positioned along a second side of the tip section and configured
to mate to said two second side illuminators.

US Pat. No. 9,101,266

MULTI-ELEMENT COVER FOR A MULTI-CAMERA ENDOSCOPE

Endochoice Innovation Cen...

1. A tip section of a multi-camera endoscope, the tip section comprising: an electronics and fluid channeling component, wherein
said electronics and fluid channeling component comprises a front looking camera and a front discrete illuminator to essentially
illuminate a field of view of said front looking camera; a right side looking camera and a right discrete illuminator to essentially
illuminate a field of view of said right side looking camera; a left side looking camera and a left discrete illuminator to
essentially illuminate a field of view of said left side looking camera; and a multi component cover configured to cover and
seal said electronics and fluid channeling component so as to essentially prevent physically exposing said electronics and
fluid channeling component to fluids, wherein the multi component cover comprises: a distal component configured to cover
a distal part of said electronics and fluid channeling component, wherein the distal component comprises two curved side walls
wherein each curved side wall comprises a recess configured to accommodate a portion of one of the left side looking camera
or right side looking camera; and a proximal component configured to cover a proximal part of said electronics and fluid channeling
component, wherein said distal component and said proximal component are configured to abut to cover said electronics and
fluid channeling component, wherein the proximal component comprises two curved side walls wherein each curved side wall comprises
a recess configured to accommodate a portion of one of the left side looking camera or right side looking camera and wherein
the recess of the proximal component abuts the recess of the distal component.

US Pat. No. 9,402,631

MULTIPLE BAND ENDOSCOPIC LIGATION DEVICE

EndoChoice, Inc., Alphar...

1. An endoscopic ligation device for use with an endoscope having a proximal end and a distal end and a first tubular channel
therebetween, said device comprising:
a cylindrical body having a smooth external surface, a diameter, a proximal end and a distal end and a second tubular channel
therebetween wherein said proximal end of said cylindrical body is configured to couple to said distal end of said endoscope
such that said first tubular channel is in fluid communication with said second tubular channel;

a plurality of elastic bands having a most proximal elastic band and a most distal elastic band, wherein each band is stretched
beyond its relaxed diameter and positioned around said external surface of said cylindrical body and further wherein said
relaxed diameter of each band is less than the diameter of said cylindrical body; and,

a single pull line having a plurality of bead sets fixed along its length, wherein each of said bead sets comprises at least
two separate beads positioned directly adjacent and in physical contact with the each other, wherein each of said beads measures
between 0.040 and 0.060 inches in height and has a thickness of between 0.050 and 0.090 inches, and further wherein said pull
line has a first end and a second end and is wrapped around said external surface of said cylindrical body multiple times
and under said elastic bands such that at least one set of beads is positioned between said elastic bands.

US Pat. No. 9,713,415

MULTI CAMERA ENDOSCOPE HAVING A SIDE SERVICE CHANNEL

EndoChoice Innovation Cen...

1. A tip section of an endoscope, the tip section comprising:
a substantially cylindrical fluid channeling component disposed within the tip section and having a length and a height, wherein
the fluid channeling component has a proximal section and, along said height, has a first fraction and a second fraction,
wherein the proximal section is substantially cylindrical and comprises a first side channel, said first side channel having
an opening on a curved side wall defining said proximal section, wherein the first fraction is semi-cylindrical and comprises
a housing that extends outward from said proximal section and that has encased therein a working channel, and wherein the
second fraction comprises a void;

an electrical assembly configured to fit within said second fraction, wherein the electrical assembly comprises a front-pointing
camera, a front illuminator, an integrated circuit board, a first side-pointing camera, a first side illuminator, a second
side-pointing camera and a second side illuminator; and

a tip cover section having a planar distal face and a plurality of curved side walls, wherein the tip cover section is configured
to be removably attachable to said fluid channeling component and configured to receive said electrical assembly, wherein
one of the plurality of curved side walls has an opening aligned with the opening on the curved side wall defining said proximal
section.

US Pat. No. 9,706,905

MULTI-CAMERA ENDOSCOPE

EndoChoice Innovation Cen...

1. A tip section of a multi-camera endoscope, the tip section having a cylindrical surface and a distal end having a planar
surface perpendicular to said cylindrical surface, comprising:
a front-pointing camera, wherein the front-pointing camera comprises a lens assembly providing a front field of view of at
least 120 degrees and a distance over which an object remains in focus of approximately 3-100 millimeters, wherein the front-pointing
camera is positioned on the planar surface of the distal end of the tip section;

two side-pointing cameras each having a center positioned approximately 7 to 11 millimeters from the planar surface of the
distal end, wherein each of said two side-pointing cameras has a side field of view of at least 120 degrees, has a distance
over which an object remains in focus of approximately 2-33 millimeters, is positioned on said cylindrical surface and has
a discrete illuminator associated therewith, wherein each of the side field of views provided by said two side-pointing cameras
partially overlaps with the front field of view such that an object of interest viewed by said one of said two side-pointing
cameras remains in one of the side field of views of one of the two side-pointing cameras while said tip section is being
turned towards the object and at least until the object becomes visible in the front field of view;

a working channel configured for insertion of a surgical tool; and
a pathway fluid injector for inflating and/or cleaning a body cavity into which the endoscope is inserted.

US Pat. No. 9,854,959

MULTI CAMERA ENDOSCOPE ASSEMBLY HAVING MULTIPLE WORKING CHANNELS

EndoChoice Innovation Cen...

1. An endoscope assembly, the assembly comprising:
a substantially cylindrical fluid channeling component having a length and a height, the fluid channeling component having,
along said height, a first fraction, a second fraction and a third fraction, wherein the first fraction extends outward along
the length of the fluid channeling component and comprises a housing that has encased therein a first working channel extending
along the length of said fluid channeling component, wherein the third fraction extends outward along the length of the fluid
channeling component and comprises a housing that has encased therein a second working channel extending along the length
of said fluid channeling component and in parallel to the first working channel, and wherein the second fraction is a void
and positioned between the first fraction and third fraction;

an electrical assembly configured to fit within said second fraction, wherein the electrical assembly comprises an integrated
circuit board having mounted thereon a front-pointing camera and a side-pointing camera;

at least one front illuminator positioned adjacent the front-pointing camera and at least one side illuminator positioned
adjacent the side-pointing camera; and

a tip cover section configured to fit over said fluid channeling component and said electrical assembly, wherein the tip section
comprises a front working channel configured to mate to said first working channel of the fluid channeling component and provide
a contiguous pathway for receiving a medical tool, at least one optical window configured to mate to said at least one front
illuminator, and at least one optical window positioned along a first side of the tip section and configured to mate to said
at least one side illuminator.

US Pat. No. 9,872,609

MULTI-CAMERA ENDOSCOPE

EndoChoice Innovation Cen...

1. A tip section of a multi-camera endoscope, wherein said tip section is defined by a housing having a cylindrical wall and
a distal face and wherein the distal face is perpendicular to the cylindrical wall, the tip section comprising:
a front-pointing camera positioned on said distal face, wherein the front-pointing camera has a field of view of at least
120 degrees, a front-pointing image sensor, and a front lens assembly, and a discrete front illuminator associated therewith;

a first side-pointing camera positioned on said cylindrical wall and within an aperture in the cylindrical wall, wherein said
first side-pointing camera has a field of view of at least 120 degrees, a first side-pointing image sensor, and a first side
lens assembly, pointing in a first side direction, and positioned in proximity to the distal face of said tip section, wherein
the aperture is in a depression in the cylindrical wall;

a second side-pointing camera positioned on said cylindrical wall, wherein said second side-pointing camera has a field of
view of at least 120 degrees, a second side-pointing image sensor, and a second side lens assembly, pointing in a direction
essentially opposite to the first side direction and positioned in proximity to said distal face of said tip section,

a fluid injector positioned on said cylindrical wall and within the depression in the cylindrical wall;
wherein each of said side-pointing cameras has a discrete side illuminator associated therewith, wherein the fields of view
of the front-pointing camera and first side-pointing camera are at least partially overlapping, such that an object of interest
viewed via the first side-pointing camera remains in the field of view of the first side-pointing camera while the tip section
is being turned towards the object, and at least until the object becomes visible through the front-pointing camera and wherein
the fields of view of the front-pointing camera and second side-pointing camera are at least partially overlapping, such that
an object of interest viewed via the second side-pointing camera remains in the field of view of the second side-pointing
camera while the tip section is being turned towards the object, and at least until the object becomes visible through the
front-pointing camera; and

a working channel configured for insertion of a surgical tool, wherein the working channel extends through the tip section
and has an exit opening on said distal face.

US Pat. No. 9,814,374

FLEXIBLE ELECTRONIC CIRCUIT BOARD FOR A MULTI-CAMERA ENDOSCOPE

Endochoice Innovation Cen...

1. A tip section of a multi-camera endoscope, the tip section comprising:
a forward looking camera positioned on a distal end surface of the tip section, a first side camera positioned on a first
side surface of the tip section, and a second side camera positioned on a second side surface of the tip section, wherein
each of the forward looking, first side, and second side camera has an associated field of view (FOV);

three front illuminators positioned on the distal end surface of the tip section, one or more first side illuminators positioned
on the first side surface of the tip section, and one or more second side illuminators positioned on the second side surface
of the tip section;

a working channel extending through the tip section and exiting through a working channel opening on the distal end surface
of the tip section;

a fluid channel extending through the tip section and exiting through a fluid channel opening on the distal end surface of
the tip section;

a nozzle in fluid communication with a channel, wherein the channel extends through the tip section and wherein the nozzle
is positioned on the distal end surface of the tip section; and

a folded flexible electronic circuit board positioned within, and enclosed inside, the distal end surface, first side surface,
and second side surface of the tip section, the folded flexible electronic circuit board comprising:

a front camera surface configured to carry the forward looking camera;
a first side camera surface configured to carry the first side looking camera;
a second side camera surface configured to carry the second side looking camera;
a first illuminator surface configured to carry a first of the three front illuminators, a second illuminator surface configured
to carry a second of the three front illuminators, and a third illuminator surface configured to carry a third of the three
front illuminators, wherein the first illuminator surface, the second illuminator surface, and the third illuminator surface
form an arc shape and wherein the forward looking camera is positioned within, and supported by, said arc shape;

one or more side illuminator surfaces configured to carry the one or more first side illuminators to illuminate the FOV of
the first side looking camera; and

one or more side illuminator surfaces configured to carry the one or more second side illuminators to illuminate the FOV of
the second side looking camera.

US Pat. No. 9,220,485

TISSUE COLLECTION AND SEPARATION DEVICE

EndoChoice, Inc., Alphar...

1. A collection and separation device for use in combination with a suction source to withdraw body fluids and collect tissue
specimens from a patient, comprising:
a container having an upper portion, defined by a first volume, and a lower portion, defined by a second volume;
a lid adapted to fit onto the upper portion of the container, wherein the lid comprises a first conduit for receiving said
body fluids and tissue specimens;

a planar porous separator horizontally positioned between the upper portion and lower portions, wherein the porous separator
is configured to filter and maintain the tissue specimens in the first volume while permitting said body fluids to flow into
the second volume; and

a first tissue collection basket having a plurality of sides and a horizontally planar base having a plurality of holes, said
horizontally planar base configured to define a bottom of the first tissue collection basket, and at least one downward projection,
wherein, when the first tissue collection basket is positioned within the first volume and on top of the porous separator,
the at least one downward projection is configured to create a space between the porous separator and the horizontally planar
base.

US Pat. No. 10,070,774

MULTI-ELEMENT COVER FOR A MULTI-CAMERA ENDOSCOPE

EndoChoice Innovation Cen...

1. A tip section of an endoscope, the tip section comprising:a fluid channeling component;
an electronic circuit board coupled to the fluid channeling component;
a viewing element coupled to the electronic circuit board, the viewing element having an optical axis;
and
a cover configured to cover said electronic circuit board, said viewing element, and said fluid channeling component, wherein the cover comprises:
a first unitary component configured to cover said electronic circuit board, said viewing element, and said fluid channeling component, wherein the first unitary component comprises a distal face and one or more side walls extending proximally from said distal face and extending longitudinally along a length of the tip section, and wherein the first unitary component has a central longitudinal axis, the central longitudinal axis extending transverse to the optical axis of the viewing element; and
a window component configured to be inserted into, and removed from, a window opening in the first unitary component, wherein the window opening is configured to allow access to at least one of the viewing element and the electronic circuit board without removing the first unitary component when the window component is removed from the window opening, and wherein a central axis of the window opening extends transverse to the optical axis of the viewing element.

US Pat. No. 9,474,440

ENDOSCOPE TIP POSITION VISUAL INDICATOR AND HEAT MANAGEMENT SYSTEM

EndoChoice, Inc., Alphar...

1. A system for managing heat generated in a tip of an endo scope, comprising:
a controller external to the endoscope, wherein said controller comprises a memory for storing programmatic functions and
a processor for executing said programmatic functions;

an input device in data communication with said controller, wherein said input device is adapted to receive data indicative
of a programmatic function and wherein said input device is configured to communicate said data indicative of a programmatic
function to the controller; and

a plurality of discrete illuminators positioned within said tip and in electrical communication with said controller, wherein
each of said plurality of discrete illuminators emits an amount of visible light and wherein said controller executes a programmatic
function based upon said data indicative of a programmatic function that causes at least one of said plurality of discrete
illuminators to operate in a first mode and a second mode, wherein, in said first mode, the at least one of said plurality
of discrete illuminators emits said visible light at a baseline illumination level that is greater than zero and wherein,
in said second mode, the at least one of said plurality of discrete illuminators emits said visible light at a first illumination
level that is greater than the baseline illumination level for a first period of time and at a second illumination level that
is greater than zero but less than the baseline illumination level for a second period of time.

US Pat. No. 9,321,585

INDICATOR SYSTEM FOR A COMBINED PROCEDURE DRAPE AND BAG

EndoChoice, Inc., Alphar...

1. A device for identifying contents of a combined drape and carrying bag unit, comprising
an octogonally shaped drape and carrying bag unit having a centrally positioned rectangular absorbent mat having a first,
mat configuration and a second, carrying bag configuration;

a drawstring extending around a periphery of said drape and carrying bag unit and contained within a drawstring casing, for
use in medical and surgical settings, comprising an indicator fixedly attached to a portion of said drawstring, wherein said
indicator is compressed and hidden in the drawstring casing while said drape and carrying bag unit is in the first, mat configuration
and said indicator is deployed and exposed outside the drawstring casing when said drape and carrying bag unit is converted
into the second, carrying bag configuration, wherein conversion of said unit from said first configuration to said second
configuration results in said indicator automatically becoming deployed and exposed from said drawstring casing through at
least one of said drawstring access openings, wherein said drape and carrying bag unit is converted from the first, mat configuration
into the second, carrying bag configuration by pulling the drawstring through at least one space in the drawstring casing,
and wherein, when the unit is in the first, mat configuration, the indicator is positioned along the drawstring approximately
20-60 cm from the at least one space.

US Pat. No. 9,560,953

OPERATIONAL INTERFACE IN A MULTI-VIEWING ELEMENT ENDOSCOPE

EndoChoice, Inc., Alphar...

1. An endoscopy display system comprising:
an endoscope comprising a distal tip, wherein said distal tip has at least three image capturing components, and a handle,
wherein said handle has at least one actuator that, when activated, generates a video processing command;

a controller external to said endoscope, wherein said controller comprises a video processing system adapted to transmit commands
to said three image capturing components and receive an image feed from each of said three image capturing components; and

a display system, wherein said display system comprises at least one monitor that concurrently receives each of said processed
image feeds from the video processing system and concurrently visually displays each of said processed image feeds and wherein
said video processing system is adapted to process each of said image feeds in accordance with the video processing command
to cause at least one of:

a position of each of said processed image feeds on the at least one monitor to change;
a zoom into at least one of said processed image feeds;
a recording of at least one of said processed image feeds;
a freezing of at least one of said processed image feeds;
a highlighting of one of said processed image feeds; or
a superimposing of a navigation indicator on at least one of said processed image feeds; and
wherein, in response to said video processing command, the video processing system concurrently causes a zoom into only two
of said processed image feeds.

US Pat. No. 9,636,003

MULTI-JET DISTRIBUTOR FOR AN ENDOSCOPE

EndoChoice, Inc., Alphar...

1. A system for distributing fluid from a source external to an endoscope into a plurality of fluid channels positioned within
the endoscope, comprising:
a pump;
a fluid distributor device having a fluid input channel coupled to said pump, a distributor rotating plug and a plurality
of fluid output channels, wherein said distributor rotating plug includes an internal fluid pathway, said internal fluid pathway
being in fluid communication with said fluid input channel and capable of being positioned, via rotational movement of said
distributor rotating plug, into a plurality of configurations wherein, when in each of said plurality of configurations, said
internal fluid pathway is in fluid communication with one of said plurality of said fluid output channels and is not in fluid
communication with any one of the remaining said plurality of fluid output channels;

a motor shaft coupled to said distributor rotating plug;
a motor coupled to said motor shaft, wherein, upon activating the motor, the motor causes the distributor rotating plug to
rotate, thereby intermittently aligning said internal fluid pathway with each of said plurality of fluid output channels,
allowing fluid to move from said fluid input channel, through the internal fluid pathway and successively into each of said
plurality of fluid output channels; and

at least one endoscope connector comprising said plurality of endoscope fluid channels, wherein said plurality of endoscope
fluid channels are in fluid communication with the plurality of fluid output channels.

US Pat. No. 9,655,502

REMOVABLE TIP ENDOSCOPE

EndoChoice Innovation Cen...

1. An endoscope comprising:
an elongated shaft, defined by a longitudinal axis, having a distal section, wherein said distal section comprises:
a permanent section fixedly connected to the elongated shaft and comprising a first semi-cylindrical portion that extends
along said longitudinal axis and a second semi-cylindrical portion that extends along said longitudinal axis, wherein said
first semi-cylindrical portion is longer than said second semi-cylindrical portion, at least one recess in said first semi-cylindrical
portion, a cylindrical recess in the second semi-cylindrical portion, at least one working channel positioned between a top
surface of the first semi-cylindrical portion of said permanent section and said recess;

a semi-cylindrical removable section comprising at least one protrusion adapted to be slidably inserted into the recess in
the first semi-cylindrical portion and a cylindrical protrusion adapted to be slidably inserted into said cylindrical recess,
thereby securely connecting the removable section to both the first semi-cylindrical portion and the second semi-cylindrical
portion of the permanent section, wherein the removable section comprises at least one capture device and at least one light
source and wherein, upon attachment of the removable section to the permanent section, a substantially cylindrical endoscope
tip is formed;

a locking mechanism configured to form a connection between the permanent section and the semi-cylindrical removable section;
a button positioned in a recess located on a side of the permanent section or semi-cylindrical removable section, wherein
the button is configured to release the connection, wherein the connection is configured to only be released if a corresponding
command is provided from a control on a display device and wherein said corresponding command is configured to cause an electrical
or mechanical effect required for releasing the connection.

US Pat. No. 10,105,039

MULTI-JET DISTRIBUTOR FOR AN ENDOSCOPE

EndoChoice, Inc., Alphar...

1. A method for distributing fluid from a source external to an endoscope into a plurality of fluid channels positioned within the endoscope, comprising: operating a pump coupled to a fluid input channel of a fluid distributor device; flowing fluid through an internal fluid pathway that is in fluid communication with the fluid input channel, wherein the fluid flows towards a plurality of output channels that are in fluid communication with the plurality of fluid channels positioned within an endoscope connector of the endoscope; activating a motor connected to a distributor rotating plug via a motor shaft, wherein the activating rotates the rotating plug connected to the fluid distributor device; intermittently aligning the internal fluid pathway with each of the plurality of output channels, allowing fluid to move from the fluid input channel, through the internal fluid pathway, successively into each of the plurality of fluid output channels, and successively into each of the plurality of fluid channels.

US Pat. No. 9,554,692

MULTI-CAMERA ENDOSCOPE

EndoChoice Innovation Ctr...

1. A multi-camera endoscope comprising:
an elongated shaft terminating with a tip section turnable by way of a bending section, wherein said tip section has an end
surface and a side surface extending along its length and comprises:

a front-pointing camera and at least two discrete front illuminators associated therewith, wherein said front-pointing camera
and the at least two discrete front illuminators are outwardly positioned to receive and emit light, respectively, through
said end surface and wherein said front-pointing camera comprises a lens assembly providing a field of view of at least 120
degrees and a length over which an object remains in focus of approximately 3-100 millimeters;

a front fluid injector configured for cleaning at least one of said front-pointing camera and said at least two discrete front
illuminators;

a first side-pointing camera and a discrete side illuminator associated therewith, wherein the first side-pointing camera
and discrete side illuminator are outwardly positioned to receive and emit light, respectively, through the side surface wherein
said first side-pointing camera comprises a lens assembly providing a field of view of at least 120 degrees and a length over
which an object remains in focus of approximately 2-33 millimeters and wherein a center of said first side-pointing camera
is positioned approximately 7 to 11 millimeters from the end surface;

a side fluid injector configured for cleaning at least one of said first side-pointing camera and said associated discrete
side illuminator;

a second side-pointing camera opposing said first side-pointing camera, wherein said second side-pointing camera comprises
a lens assembly providing a field of view of at least 120 degrees and a length over which an object remains in focus of approximately
2-33 millimeters and wherein a center of said second side-pointing camera is positioned approximately 7 to 11 millimeters
from the end surface;

a working channel configured for insertion of a surgical tool;
an integrated circuit board adapted to supply the front-pointing camera, first side-pointing camera, and second side-pointing
camera with electrical power and derive images from each of the front-pointing, first side-pointing camera, and second side-pointing
camera, and

a pathway fluid injector for inflating and/or cleaning a body cavity into which the endoscope is inserted, wherein fields
of view of said front-pointing camera and first side-pointing camera and fields of views of said front-pointing camera and
second side-pointing camera are at least partially overlapping, such that an object of interest viewed via said first side-pointing
camera remains in the field of view of said first side-pointing camera while said tip section is being turned towards the
object, and at least until the object becomes visible through said front-pointing camera and such that an object of interest
viewed via said second side-pointing camera remains in the field of view of said second side-pointing camera while said tip
section is being turned towards the object, and at least until the object becomes visible through said front-pointing camera.

US Pat. No. 9,247,861

COMPACT MONITOR STAND

EndoChoice, Inc., Aphare...

1. An apparatus for supporting one or more monitors, comprising:
a base stand comprising one or more wheels;
a first rigid frame portion having a top end and a bottom end coupled with the base stand;
a second extendable frame portion having a top end, a bottom end, and a channel extending from said top end to said bottom
end, said second extendable frame portion being telescopically extendable from and into said top of said first rigid frame
portion from a first top vertical position to a second bottom vertical position and a plurality of vertical positions therebetween;

a locking mechanism for fixing said second extendable frame portion in a vertical position within said first rigid frame portion;
a coupling component having at least one opening, a first plurality of holes, and a second plurality of holes and positioned
and vertically slidable within said channel from a third top vertical position to a fourth bottom vertical position and a
plurality of vertical positions therebetween;

a monitor arm assembly having a bow shape with a concave surface, a convex surface, a center portion, left end portion, right
end portion and a peg extending from said convex surface of said center portion wherein the concave surface of each of said
portions is configured to fixedly receive a monitor, and said peg is configured to insert into said at least one opening such
that said monitor arm assembly is removably attachable to and rotatable within said coupling component;

a first plurality of pins configured to pass through said first plurality of holes in said coupling component and into said
peg of said monitor arm assembly to fixedly attach said monitor arm assembly to said coupling component; and

a second set of pins configured to pass through said second plurality of holes in said coupling component and into said channel
of said second extendable frame portion to lock said coupling component in a vertical position within said channel;

wherein said apparatus is transformable from a first collapsed configuration for storage and transport into a second operational
configuration for receiving at least one monitor.

US Pat. No. 10,182,707

FLUID CHANNELING COMPONENT OF A MULTI-CAMERA ENDOSCOPE

EndoChoice Innovation Cen...

1. A tip section of a multi-camera endoscope comprising:a fluid channeling component comprising one or more fluid channels configured to direct one or more flows of at least one of insufflation and irrigation fluid, wherein the fluid channeling component comprises a proximal end, a distal end, and a plurality of sides extending from the proximal end to the distal end, and wherein the plurality of sides include a pair of opposite sides, each of which includes a planar portion, and a longitudinal cylindrical segment extending between the planar portions of the pair of opposite sides;
an electronic circuit board;
at least one light source;
a front camera having a first optical axis parallel to the planar portions of the pair of opposite sides of the fluid channeling component;
a side camera having a second optical axis perpendicular to the planar portions of the pair of opposite sides of the fluid channeling component; and
one or more support elements adapted to receive and support the electronic circuit board, the front camera, the side camera, and the at least one light source, wherein the side camera is positioned in one of the planar portions of the pair of opposite sides, and wherein the second optical axis is perpendicular to the first optical axis;
wherein the one or more support elements are at one or more of the planar portions of the pair of opposite sides, and wherein a bridging element is received in a recess of the one or more support elements, the bridging element extending transverse to the one or more support elements.

US Pat. No. 10,080,486

MULTI-CAMERA ENDOSCOPE HAVING FLUID CHANNELS

EndoChoice Innovation Cen...

1. A tip section of a multi-camera endoscope, the tip section comprising:a unitary fluid channeling component adapted to channel fluid, said unitary fluid channeling component comprising:
a proximal section having a proximally-facing surface, a side surface extending distally from the proximal-facing surface, and a cylindrical shape;
a distal section having a partial cylindrical shape, wherein said distal section is integrally formed as a unitary block of material with the proximal section, and wherein the distal section has a distal-facing surface;
a proximal opening located on the proximal-facing surface of the proximal section, said proximal opening being in fluid flow connection with a first fluid channel, wherein the first fluid channel is a passage extending through the unitary block of material from the proximal section, through the distal section, and to a distal opening in said distal-facing surface;
a second fluid channel, wherein said second fluid channel is a passage extending through the unitary block of material and leading to a side opening on the side surface; and
a working channel, wherein the working channel is a passage extending through the unitary block of material from the proximal section, through the distal section, and to a distal opening in the distal-facing surface.

US Pat. No. 9,848,756

COMPACT MONITOR STAND

EndoChoice, Inc., Alphar...

1. An apparatus for supporting one or more monitors, comprising:
a base stand;
a first frame portion having a top end and a bottom end coupled with the base stand;
a second frame portion having a top end, a bottom end, and a channel extending from said top end to said bottom end, said
second frame portion telescopically extendable from and into said top of said first frame portion from a first top vertical
position to a second bottom vertical position;

a locking mechanism for fixing said second frame portion in a vertical position within said first frame portion;
a coupling component vertically slidable within said channel from a third top vertical position to a fourth bottom vertical
position; and

a monitor arm assembly having a center portion, left end portion, right end portion and a peg extending from a rear surface
of said center portion wherein a front surface of each of said portions is configured to fixedly receive a monitor, and said
peg is configured to insert into said coupling component such that said monitor arm assembly is removably attachable to and
rotatable within said coupling component.

US Pat. No. 9,795,386

MULTIPLE BAND ENDOSCOPIC LIGATION DEVICE

Endochoice, Inc., Alphar...

1. A method for ligating internal body tissues, said method comprising the steps of:
providing an endoscopic ligation device for use with an endoscope having a proximal end and a distal end and a first tubular
channel therebetween, said device comprising:

a cylindrical body having a smooth external surface, a diameter, a proximal end and a distal end and a second tubular channel
therebetween wherein said proximal end of said cylindrical body is configured to couple to said distal end of said endoscope;

a plurality of elastic bands having a most proximal elastic band and a most distal elastic band, wherein each band stretched
beyond its relaxed diameter and positioned around said external surface of said cylindrical body and further wherein said
relaxed diameter of each band is less than the external diameter of said cylindrical body; and,

a single pull line having a plurality of bead sets fixed along its length, wherein each of said bead sets comprises at least
two beads positioned one directly in contact with the other, further wherein said pull line has a first end and a second end
and is wrapped around said external surface of said cylindrical body multiple times and under said elastic bands such that
at least one set of beads is positioned between said elastic bands;

wherein said first end of said pull line comprises a bead set and is positioned proximal to said most proximal elastic band
and said second end of said pull line is attached to a retracting assembly at the proximal end of said endoscope;

attaching said proximal end of said device to said distal end of said endoscope;
inserting said distal end of said endoscope with attached device into a patient;
maneuvering said distal end of said endoscope with attached device to a target tissue;
placing said distal end of said device over said target tissue;
applying suction to said proximal end of said endoscope to draw a portion of said target tissue into said device; and,
actuating said retracting assembly to apply tension to said pull string to push a most distal bead set against a most distal
elastic band, deploying said most distal elastic band off the distal end of said device and around said target tissue.

US Pat. No. 9,713,417

IMAGE CAPTURE ASSEMBLY FOR USE IN A MULTI-VIEWING ELEMENTS ENDOSCOPE

EndoChoice, Inc., Alphar...

1. An image capturing assembly adapted to be used in an endoscope, the assembly comprising:
a manifold having a proximal base with a first length and a first width and a casing extending outward from said proximal
base, wherein said casing has a second length and second width and wherein said first length is less than the second length
and the first width is greater than the second width;

a partially enclosed housing wherein said partially enclosed housing is adapted to physically attach to the manifold, wherein
the manifold combined with the partially enclosed housing create a substantially cylindrical housing having openings and an
internal volume;

a LED carrier substrate, wherein said LED carrier substrate is adapted to be foldable and to carry a plurality of LEDs, wherein
the substantially cylindrical housing is adapted to receive said LED carrier substrate in folded form;

a flexible optical carrier substrate, wherein said flexible optical carrier substrate is adapted to be foldable and to carry
a plurality of camera sensors, wherein the flexible optical carrier substrate is adapted to be folded to fit within said internal
volume, wherein said openings are positioned to receive said plurality of camera sensors and wherein the substantially cylindrical
housing in combination with the LED carrier in folded form and flexible optical carrier in folded form create an assembled
image capture assembly having a front facing camera together with at least one LED and a side facing camera together with
at least one LED; and

a tip cover adapted to cover said manifold, said partially enclosed housing, said LED carrier substrate, and said flexible
optical carrier substrate.

US Pat. No. 9,801,636

LIGATOR

Endochoice, Inc., Alphar...

1. A ligator for use with an endoscope having a tube and an accessory channel, the ligator comprising:
a trigger unit including a revolving part, a built-in spring that applies an opposing spring force to the revolving part when
it is turned, and a built-in stop that limits turning of the revolving part to an extreme position beyond which it can no
longer be turned;

a nozzle adapted to be received within the accessory channel of the endoscope;
a bush adapted to mount to an end of the tube of the endoscope, the bush supporting elastic bands to be deployed for ligation;
and

a trigger cord connected at a first end to the trigger unit and connected at a second end to the bush;
wherein the revolving part is adapted to cause deployment of an elastic band when the revolving part is turned from a starting
position to the built-in stop at the extreme position, and to automatically return to the starting position under the force
of the built-in spring after being released, at which point it is ready to be turned again to deploy the next elastic band.

US Pat. No. 10,123,684

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR PROCESSING VIDEO IMAGES GENERATED BY A MULTIPLE VIEWING ELEMENTS ENDOSCOPE

EndoChoice, Inc., Alphar...

1. An endoscope video processing system, comprising:a viewing element of an endoscope for generating a video data signal having an image frame, wherein the viewing element includes an image sensor;
a processor in communication with the viewing element;
a memory in communication with at least one of the viewing element and the processor;
a digital signal processor in communication with at least one of the viewing element, the processor, and the memory, for applying a reduced digital gain to a luminance (Y) component of the video data signal generated by the viewing element of the endoscope to generate an attenuated signal, wherein the reduced digital gain is defined by a weight; and
a local blooming control module for:
calculating an average luminance value of luminance levels of a plurality of pixels neighboring a pixel of the attenuated signal;
operating a function on the average luminance value to generate a smoothly transitioning digital gain, wherein the function is a sigmoid function;
conditioning the smoothly transitioning digital gain using said weight to generate a customizable digital gain; and
applying the customizable digital gain to the attenuated signal, for controlling blooming in the image frame of the video data signal generated by the viewing element of the endoscope, to facilitate an increased luminance digital gain in regions of a first brightness within the image frame while maintaining a decreased luminance digital gain in regions of a second brightness, wherein the first brightness is lower than the second brightness.

US Pat. No. 9,993,142

FLUID DISTRIBUTION DEVICE FOR A MULTIPLE VIEWING ELEMENTS ENDOSCOPE

EndoChoice, Inc., Alphar...

1. An endoscope tip, comprising:a length extending from a proximal end to a distal end;
a base comprising the proximal end, said base having a first channel extending from a face of the proximal end to a first opening positioned on a side of the base;
an optical assembly having at least one camera; and
a fluid distribution device, wherein said fluid distribution device is adapted to be positioned around an exterior surface of said base and be in fluid communication with said first opening, wherein the fluid distribution device comprises:
a channel extending radially outwardly from a radially inner surface of the fluid distribution device,
a plurality of openings on a radially outer surface of said fluid distribution device, said channel being adapted to receive fluid from the first opening and distribute the fluid to at least one of said plurality of openings,
a radially outer wall adapted to extend along the base in an axial direction of the base, the radially outer wall being spaced from the surface of said base by a gap, and the radially outer wall having the plurality of openings therein,
a pair of walls adapted to extend radially inwardly from opposite axial ends of the radially outer wall and toward the surface of said base, and adapted to engage the surface of the base, and
a pair of flanges adapted to extend along the base in the axial direction of the base, and engage with the surface of the base, each flange of the pair of flanges extending transversely from an end of a wall of the pair of walls.

US Pat. No. 9,706,903

MULTIPLE VIEWING ELEMENTS ENDOSCOPE SYSTEM WITH MODULAR IMAGING UNITS

EndoChoice, Inc., Alphar...

1. A modular camera unit adapted to be positioned within an endoscope tip comprising:
a first optical element for receiving reflected light, said first optical element being defined by a first central axis;
a second optical element for receiving reflected light, said second optical element being defined by a second central axis,
wherein said first central axis is perpendicular to the second central axis;

a holder for housing said first optical element and said second optical element, wherein the holder comprises a first compartment
defined by a first wall and a curved base and a second compartment defined by said first wall, a second wall, and a third
wall, wherein the first optical element is positioned in the first compartment and the second optical element is positioned
in the second compartment, and wherein the holder comprises a first slit positioned between the third wall and second wall;

a sensor for detecting said reflected light, wherein said sensor is attached to a surface of said holder and in optical communication
with said optical element;

a printed circuit board having a planar surface and positioned in said first slit; and
a connector connecting said sensor with said printed circuit board, wherein the connector places said sensor in data communication
with said printed circuit and wherein the planar surface of said printed circuit board is positioned in parallel to said first
central axis defined by the first optical element.

US Pat. No. 9,706,908

IMAGE CAPTURE AND VIDEO PROCESSING SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR MULTIPLE VIEWING ELEMENT ENDOSCOPES

EndoChoice, Inc., Alphar...

1. A daisy chain multiple sensor system comprising a plurality of daisy chained image sensors, wherein at least one of said
daisy chained image sensors comprises:
a sensor array to capture images and generate video packets from said captured images;
a compression unit to compress said video packets and generate compressed video packets;
a self-packet buffer configured to store said compressed video packets;
a de-serializer unit configured to receive serialized video packets from a previous-in-chain image sensor and convert said
serialized video packets to parallel video packets;

a chained packet buffer configured to store said parallel video packets corresponding to the previous-in-chain image sensor;
an arbitration unit configured to interleave the video packets stored in the self-packet buffer and the chained packet buffer;
a serial unit to serially output the interleaved video packets, wherein the serial unit is configured to transfer serial data
at bitrates that depend on a position of the at least one of said daisy chained image sensors in the daisy chained multiple
sensor system, and wherein a serial unit data transfer rate of the at least one of said daisy chained image sensors is n+1
times a serial unit data transfer rate of said previous-in-chain image sensor, where n is a number of preceding image sensors
in said daisy chained multiple sensor system; and,

a central control circuit configured to manage said compression unit, self-packet buffer, de-serializer unit, chained packet
buffer, arbitration unit and serial unit.

US Pat. No. 9,642,513

COMPACT MULTI-VIEWING ELEMENT ENDOSCOPE SYSTEM

EndoChoice Inc., Alphare...

1. A manifold for use in an endoscope, comprising:
a manifold housing having a partially cylindrical shape with a curved top surface, a partially curved first side and a partially
curved second side wherein the manifold housing comprises a base portion with a first width, a first length, and a proximal
surface and an elongated portion, which is attached to the base portion, with a second width, a second length, and a distal
surface, wherein the first width is greater than the second width and the first length is less than the second length;

a first channel extending from the base portion through the elongated portion, wherein the first channel has an entrance port
positioned on said proximal surface of the base portion and an exit port positioned on a distal surface of the elongated portion;

a second channel extending from the base portion through the elongated portion, wherein the second channel has an entrance
port positioned on said proximal surface of the base portion and an exit port positioned on a distal surface of the elongated
portion;

a Y-shaped fluid conduit comprising a central stem portion, a first prong portion, and a second prong portion, wherein the
central stem portion extends from an entrance port on the proximal surface of the base portion through the base portion, wherein
the first prong portion extends from an end of the central portion through the base portion to an exit port on the partially
curved first side; and wherein the second prong portion extends from an end of the central portion through the base portion
to an exit port the partially curved second side;

a third channel extending from an entrance port on the proximal surface of the base portion through to an exit port on the
partially curved first side; and

a fourth channel extending from an entrance port on the proximal surface of the base portion through to an exit port on the
partially curved second side, wherein each of the first, second, third, and fourth channels are fluidically isolated and separated
from each other.

US Pat. No. 9,667,935

WHITE BALANCE ENCLOSURE FOR USE WITH A MULTI-VIEWING ELEMENTS ENDOSCOPE

EndoChoice, Inc., Alphar...

1. A white balancing system for enabling uniform white balancing of a first viewing element, a second viewing element, and
a third viewing element in a tip of an endoscope, wherein the first viewing element is positioned on a distal face of said
tip and the second and third viewing elements are positioned on sides of said tip, said white balancing system comprising:
a housing defining an enclosed volume and having an opening for receiving said endoscopic tip, wherein said opening has a
first diameter configured to snugly receive said endoscopic tip such that external light is prevented from entering through
said opening when said endoscopic tip is inserted therein and such that a field of view of the first viewing element, a field
of view of the second viewing element and a field of view of the third viewing element are blocked by said housing, wherein
the enclosed volume has a surface area that is at a first predefined distance from the second viewing element and at a first
predefined distance from the third viewing element when said endoscopic tip is inserted therein;

a member extending out from the surface area and within the enclosed volume, wherein said member is configured to position
said first viewing element a second predefined distance from the surface area;

a control unit connected to said endoscope and comprising a white balance circuit for white balance processing of images obtained
by said first, second, and third viewing elements and a splitter associated with said white balance circuit for splitting
a white balance command to a digital signal processor associated with each viewing element and

at least one display connected to said control unit for displaying said processed images.

US Pat. No. 10,203,493

OPTICAL SYSTEMS FOR MULTI-SENSOR ENDOSCOPES

EndoChoice Innovation Cen...

1. A method of using a multi-sensor endoscope comprising:positioning an optical system for a tip section of said multi-sensor endoscope to place a target area in view of the optical system, wherein positioning said optical system comprises:
positioning a front-pointing camera sensor and a front objective lens system of said optical system to place a front portion of said target area in view of said front-pointing camera sensor and said front objective lens system;
positioning a side-pointing camera sensor and a side objective lens system of said optical system to place a side portion of said target area in view of said side-pointing camera sensor and said side objective lens system;
wherein at least one of said front and said side objective lens systems comprises:
a first sub-system,
a second sub-system separated from said first sub-system by a stop diaphragm,
a lens holder, wherein the camera sensor for said at least one of said front and said side objective lens systems is attached to the lens holder, and wherein said lens holder has a passage extending therethrough,
a lens barrel, wherein said lens barrel receives said first and second sub-systems within a passage extending therethrough, and wherein said passage of said lens holder receives said lens barrel, and
wherein said first sub-system comprises a plurality of lenses within said passage of said lens barrel,
wherein said second sub-system comprises a plurality of lenses within said passage of said lens barrel, and wherein a lens of said plurality of lenses of said second sub-system is the lens closest to said camera sensor for said at least one of said front and said side objective lens systems; and
changing a distance between at least one of:
(a) said front objective lens system and said front-pointing camera sensor, and
(b) said side objective lens system and said side-pointing camera sensor,
wherein changing said distance includes moving said lens barrel within said lens holder, to change a focal distance of at least one of said front and said side objective lens systems.

US Pat. No. 9,907,462

ENDOSCOPE TIP POSITION VISUAL INDICATOR AND HEAT MANAGEMENT SYSTEM

Endochoice, Inc., Alphar...

1. A system for managing heat generated in a tip of an endoscope, comprising:
a controller external to the endoscope, wherein said controller comprises a memory for storing programmatic functions and
a processor for executing said programmatic functions;

an input device in data communication with said controller, wherein said input device is adapted to receive data indicative
of a programmatic function and wherein said input device is configured to communicate said data indicative of a programmatic
function to the controller; and

a plurality of discrete illuminators positioned within said tip and in electrical communication with said controller, wherein
each of said plurality of discrete illuminators emits an amount of visible light and wherein said controller executes a programmatic
function based upon said data indicative of a programmatic function that causes at least one of said plurality of discrete
illuminators to modulate an amount of visible light emitted by it in accordance with said programmatic function,

wherein the programmatic function defines, for at least one of said plurality of discrete illuminators, a first non-zero power
level for a first period of time and a second non-zero power level for a second period of time, and

wherein the first power level causes at least one of said plurality of discrete illuminators to emit an amount of visible
light in a range of greater than 40 lumens.

US Pat. No. 9,901,244

CIRCUIT BOARD ASSEMBLY OF A MULTIPLE VIEWING ELEMENTS ENDOSCOPE

Endochoice, Inc., Alphar...

1. An electronic circuit board assembly for a tip section of a multi-viewing elements endoscope, the assembly comprising:
a base board;
a front image sensor;
a front printed circuit board;
a side image sensor;
a side printed circuit board;
a first metal frame configured to receive the front image sensor and the front printed circuit board, wherein the first metal
frame is positioned at one end of the base board, wherein said front image sensor and front printed circuit board are directly
mounted on said first metal frame and wherein the first metal frame is defined by a first length and a first width, the first
length being greater than the first width, and a first central axis that is parallel to said first length;

a second metal frame configured to receive a side image sensor and a side printed circuit board, wherein said second metal
frame is positioned adjacent to said first metal frame, wherein the second metal frame is defined by a second length and a
second width, the second length being greater than the second width, and a second central axis that is parallel to said second
length;

a first illumination circuit board comprising a curved panel, wherein said curved panel comprises at least two sets of front
illuminators and is mounted on said base board proximate said first metal frame; and

a second illumination circuit board comprising a curved panel, wherein said curved panel comprises at least one set of side
illuminators and is mounted on said base board proximate said second metal frame, wherein, when the assembly is in a form
for operative use, the first central axis and second central axis intersect and define an angle within a range of 70 to 135
degrees with respect to each other.

US Pat. No. 9,788,818

TISSUE COLLECTION AND SEPARATION DEVICE

Endochoice, Inc., Alphar...

1. A tissue collection container comprising:
a housing having side walls and a base, wherein the housing defines an internal volume;
a removable cover adapted to fit onto the side walls of the housing and form a top of the housing;
a first port for receiving a first tube, wherein the first port is positioned in said cover;
an indentation positioned on the side wall, wherein said indentation forms a ledge extending into the internal volume and
defines a separation between an upper volume and a lower volume;

a second port for receiving a second tube, wherein said second port is positioned in said cover and is in fluid communication
with the upper volume;

a separator shelf comprising a planar surface adapted to fit horizontally within said internal volume and be positioned atop
the indentation, wherein the planar surface further comprises a first plurality of pores;

a conduit connected to the first port and extending downward into the lower volume through said separator shelf; and
a plurality of baskets, wherein each of said plurality of baskets is configured to be positioned on top of the separator shelf
and wherein a base of each of said plurality of baskets comprises a second plurality of pores.

US Pat. No. 9,693,779

LIGATOR FOR USE WITH AN ENDOSCOPE

EndoChoice, Inc., Alphar...

1. A ligator adapted for use with an endoscope, the ligator comprising:
a ligator body adapted to mount to a body of the endoscope;
a barrel adapted to mount to a distal tip of a shaft of the endoscope, the barrel supporting multiple elastic bands that can
be sequentially deployed onto internal tissue; and

an activation mechanism supported by the ligator body, the activation mechanism including a rotatable activation knob, a rotatable
cord winding ring, an activation cord, and a stop element that limits rotation of the activation knob to rotation between
a start position and an end position beyond which no further rotation is possible, wherein the activation mechanism further
comprises an internal ratchet mechanism including an internal ratchet surface provided in the cord winding ring and an internal
resilient element that travels along the ratchet surface during forward rotation of the cord winding ring and prevents backward
rotation of the cord winding ring once the end position has been reached, wherein forward rotation of the activation knob
causes forward rotation of the cord winding ring and winding of the activation cord onto the cord winding ring, and wherein
winding of the activation cord onto the cord winding ring until the end position is reached causes deployment of a single
elastic band from the barrel.

US Pat. No. 9,560,954

CONNECTOR FOR USE WITH ENDOSCOPE

EndoChoice, Inc., Alphar...

1. A connector device for connecting a first port of an endoscope and a second port of an endoscope to a plurality of tubing,
wherein the connector device comprises:
a rigid portion, wherein said rigid portion comprises a tubing connector having a first conduit and a second conduit, wherein,
at a first end of the tubing connector, the first conduit and second conduit are in a parallel relationship and wherein, at
a second end, the first conduit and second conduit are in a non-parallel relationship and terminate in a base; and

a flexible portion, wherein the flexible portion is a molded component and comprises:
a first connector channel adapted to receive said first port, wherein said first connector channel comprises a first end attached
to a first portion of said base, wherein said first channel has a second end comprising a first seal formed integrally of
a first o-ring and a second o-ring, wherein the first and the second o-rings are made of elastomeric material and configured
to be compressed during connection with the first port of the endoscope and wherein a material of the first seal extends between
the first and second o-rings to separate the first and second o-rings by a predefined distance; and

a second connector channel adapted to receive said second port, wherein said second connector channel comprises a first end
attached to a second portion of said base, wherein said second channel has a second seal formed integrally of a third o-ring
and a fourth o-ring, wherein the third and the fourth o-rings are made of elastomeric material and are configured to be compressed
during connection with the second port of the endoscope, and wherein a material of the second seal extends between the third
and fourth o-rings to separate the third and fourth o-rings by a predefined distance.

US Pat. No. 9,993,233

LARGE CAPACITY BIOPSY FORCEPS

EndoChoice, Inc., Alphar...

1. A biopsy device for use with an endoscope, the biopsy device comprising:a control handle and a drive wire, wherein the control handle is configured to manipulate said drive wire;
an elongate tubular portion having a proximal end and a distal end;
wherein the control handle is connected to the elongate tubular portion at the proximal end of said elongate tubular portion, and wherein the drive wire extends from the control handle, through the elongate tubular portion, and to the distal end of said elongate tubular portion, and
wherein at said distal end of said elongate tubular portion, the drive wire is coupled to a first linkage, a second linkage, and a needle, wherein a first pivot point is attached to said first linkage and a second pivot point is attached to said second linkage, and wherein said first pivot point and said second pivot point are positioned at a same longitudinal distance along a length of said drive wire;
a first jaw and a second jaw, wherein said first jaw comprises a first plurality of teeth at a distal end of said first jaw, and a first opening at a proximal end of said first jaw, and wherein said second jaw comprises a second plurality of teeth at a distal end of said second jaw, and a second opening at a proximal end of said second jaw; and
a coupling unit having a first end and a second end, wherein, at said first end, the coupling unit is attached to said distal end of the elongate tubular portion and wherein, at said second end, the coupling unit comprises:
a third pivot point attached to the first jaw and a fourth pivot point attached to the second jaw, wherein the third pivot point and fourth pivot point are positioned at a same longitudinal distance along a length of the coupling unit, are offset from each other, and are positioned proximal to the first pivot point and second pivot point;
wherein the first jaw is coupled to the first linkage by a first pin attached to the first linkage and configured to rotate within said first opening, and wherein the second jaw is coupled to the second linkage by a second pin attached to the second linkage and configured to rotate within said second opening.

US Pat. No. 9,968,242

SUCTION CONTROL UNIT FOR AN ENDOSCOPE HAVING TWO WORKING CHANNELS

ENDOCHOICE, INC., Alphar...

1. A suction control unit configured to be detachably attached to at least two working channels of an endoscope and control application of suction through at least one of the two working channels, the suction unit comprising:a housing, defined by a central longitudinal axis, comprising:
a first valve and a second valve positioned on either side of the central longitudinal axis, wherein a proximal end of the first and the second valve has respective first and second valve openings that lead through to a distal end of the first and the second valve, and wherein the distal end of the first and the second valve is configured to be detachably attached to first and second ports of the two working channels;
a channel extending between the first and the second valve within the housing, wherein a channel axis is substantially perpendicular to the central longitudinal axis of the housing;
an opening extending from a front wall to a rear wall of the housing and through the channel between the first and the second valve; and
a switcher having a handle and a shaft extending from the handle along a long axis, wherein the shaft has a through hole such that a hole axis is substantially perpendicular to the long axis, wherein, when the shaft is placed within the opening and turned to a first position, the hole axis aligns with the channel and thereby opens the channel, enabling suction to be applied to both of the two working channels, and wherein, when the shaft is placed within the opening and turned to a second position, the shaft blocks the channel and causes suction to be applied to only one of the two working channels.

US Pat. No. 9,949,623

ENDOSCOPE CONTROL UNIT WITH BRAKING SYSTEM

EndoChoice, Inc., Alphar...

1. A control unit providing a braking system for an articulation unit of an endoscope, said control unit comprising:a first shaft having a first end and a second end, the first end being coupled with a first operating knob, the second end being coupled with a first cable drum and a first cable pair that are coupled with the articulation unit;
a second shaft having a first end and a second end, the first end being coupled with a second operating knob, the second end being coupled with a second cable drum and a second cable pair that are coupled with the articulation unit, wherein the first shaft is positioned within the second shaft;
a brake knob rotatable about its center axis;
a stationary sleeve arranged between the first and the second shafts;
a spring supported by the first shaft in proximity to the first end of the first shaft;
a pin extending into the first shaft and coupled to said brake knob by the spring, wherein said pin has a first position and a second position; and
at least one brake body extending from said pin, wherein said at least one brake body does not press against the stationary sleeve when the pin is in the first position;
wherein the pin is moveable by rotational motion of said brake knob, wherein said at least one brake body becomes pressed against said stationary sleeve when said pin is in said second position, and wherein said pin is movable from said second position into said first position by rotational motion of said brake knob, thereby allowing said spring to push said pin into said first position.

US Pat. No. 9,943,218

ENDOSCOPE HAVING A SUPPLY CABLE ATTACHED THERETO

ENDOCHOICE, INC., Alphar...

1. An endoscope system comprising an endoscope, a main controller, and a supply cable adapted to connect the endoscope to the main controller, the supply cable comprising: a first section, wherein the first section has a first end and a second end, the second end configured to attach to the main controller; a second section, wherein the second section has a first end configured to attach to the endoscope, and a second end; a coupling element for connecting the first end of the first section with the second end of the second section, wherein the coupling element is configured to enable the first section to rotate relative to the second section and wherein the coupling element further comprises: a first coupling component attached to the first end of the first section; a second coupling component attached to the second end of the second section; a groove extending around at least a portion of an outer periphery of one of the first coupling component and the second coupling component, the groove including at least one planar radially-extending surface; a carriage configured to be movable in said groove, wherein the carriage is coupled to the other of the first coupling component and the second coupling component, the carriage includes at least one planar surface facing the at least one planar radially-extending surface of the groove; and a fastening mechanism fastened to the carriage.

US Pat. No. 10,292,578

MULTI CAMERA ENDOSCOPE ASSEMBLY HAVING MULTIPLE WORKING CHANNELS

Endochoice Innovation Cen...

1. An endoscope assembly, the assembly comprising:a substantially cylindrical fluid channeling component having a length and a height, the fluid channeling component having, along said height, a first fraction and a second fraction, wherein:
the first fraction extends along the length of the fluid channeling component, and comprises a housing that has encased therein a first working channel extending along the length of said fluid channeling component,
the second fraction is a void, and
a second working channel of the fluid channeling component is on an opposite side of the void relative to the first working channel;
an electrical assembly configured to fit within said second fraction, wherein the electrical assembly comprises:
one or more cameras,
an integrated circuit board having mounted thereon the one or more cameras, and
one or more illuminators; and
a tip cover section configured to receive said fluid channeling component and said electrical assembly, wherein the tip section comprises:
one or more working channel ports, each of the one or more working channel ports being configured to align with one of said first and second working channels of the fluid channeling component,
one or more camera ports, each of the one or more camera ports being configured to align with one of said one or more cameras, and
one or more illuminator ports, wherein each of the one or more illuminator ports comprises an optical window, and each of the one or more illuminator ports is configured to align with one of said one or more illuminators.

US Pat. No. 10,064,541

ENDOSCOPE CONNECTOR COVER DETECTION AND WARNING SYSTEM

EndoChoice, Inc., Alphar...

1. An endoscope assembly, comprising:a handle;
a connector for connecting the endoscope assembly to an endoscope control unit, the connector including a fixed end fixed to the handle, and a free end opposite the fixed end, the free end being configured to be received in and entirely withdrawn from the endoscope control unit; and
a warning system for indicating an absence of a connector cover, the connector cover being adapted to cover said free end of the connector, when said connector is not connected to the endoscope control unit, the warning system comprising:
an alarm unit configured to emit at least one of light and sound from the free end of the connector,
a power source in the free end of the connector for powering the alarm unit, and
a detection system in the free end of the connector for detecting said absence of the connector cover on top of said free end of the connector, and activating the alarm unit if the connector cover is absent from said free end of the connector, wherein the alarm unit, power source, and detection system are positioned within the free end of the connector.

US Pat. No. 9,986,899

MANIFOLD FOR A MULTIPLE VIEWING ELEMENTS ENDOSCOPE

EndoChoice, Inc., Alphar...

1. An endoscope tip comprising:a flexible optical assembly carrier substrate comprising a front-facing imaging module and a side-facing imaging module; and
a manifold having
a proximal base with a first length and a first width;
a casing extending outward from said proximal base and distal to the proximal base, wherein said casing has a second length and second width and wherein said first length is less than the second length and the first width is greater than the second width;
at least one continuous channel that extends through the proximal base for a full extent of said first length and through the casing for a full extent of the second length; and
a frame extending transversely from a surface of said casing and along said first width, wherein said frame comprises two recesses, the two recesses including a first recess and a second recess, wherein the first recess and the second recess are individual and discrete recesses, and wherein the first recess is adapted to slidably receive the front-facing imaging module of said flexible optical assembly carrier substrate while the frame is fixed to the casing, and the second recess is adapted to slidably receive the side-facing imaging module of said flexible optical assembly carrier substrate while the frame is fixed to the casing.

US Pat. No. 10,205,925

WHITE BALANCE ENCLOSURE FOR USE WITH A MULTI-VIEWING ELEMENTS ENDOSCOPE

EndoChoice, Inc., Alphar...

1. A method for white balancing of a first viewing element and a second viewing element in a tip of an endoscope, wherein the first viewing element is positioned on a distal face of the tip and the second viewing element is positioned on a side of the tip, the method comprising:inserting the endoscope tip into a housing, the housing including an opening leading into an enclosed volume, wherein the opening is configured to receive the endoscope tip such that external light is prevented from entering through the opening when the endoscope tip is inserted therein, and such that a field of view of the first viewing element and a field of view of the second viewing element are only of an interior of the housing, wherein the endoscope tip is isolated from any influx of external light when positioned within the housing;
wherein the endoscope tip is inserted into the housing via the opening;
positioning the first viewing element at a first predefined distance from a first interior surface of the housing;
white balance processing images obtained by the first viewing element and the second viewing element; and
splitting a white balance command to a digital signal processor associated with said first viewing element and said second viewing element.

US Pat. No. 10,189,636

INDICATOR SYSTEM FOR A COMBINED PROCEDURE DRAPE AND BAG

EndoChoice, Inc., Alphar...

1. A method for deploying an indicator integrated with a combined drape and carrying bag unit used in medical and surgical settings, comprising:laying out a combined drape and bag carrying unit convertible from a first, mat configuration to a second, carrying bag configuration, said unit comprising:
a centrally positioned, generally rectangular shaped portion for the disposition of an instrument,
a drawstring casing along the periphery of said unit with a continuous drawstring disposed therein,
at least two drawstring access openings positioned along said drawstring casing, thereby exposing a portion of said drawstring to medical personnel, and
an indicator fixedly attached to said drawstring along a particular length of said drawstring, said indicator contained within said drawstring casing while said combined drape and bag carrying unit is in said first configuration; and
placing medical waste or used medical equipment in the centrally positioned, generally rectangular shaped portion;
pulling on portions of said drawstring exposed at said drawstring access openings, thereby converting said unit from said first configuration to said second configuration by gathering together said periphery of said unit and forming a bag and further thereby deploying and exposing said indicator by pulling said particular length of drawstring with attached indicator out of said drawstring casing; and
writing on the indicator after the indicator is deployed.

US Pat. No. 10,149,691

METHOD OF ATTACHING A MESH TO A COATED LOOP MEMBER OF A SURGICAL SNARE DEVICE

EndoChoice, Inc., Alphar...

1. A retrieval device, comprising:a snare loop, including:
a central opening;
a loop member surrounding the central opening, and
a layer of material that overlies the loop member;
a mesh extending across the central opening of the snare loop, wherein the mesh includes:
a plurality of openings, and
a plurality of strands:
wherein first portions of the plurality of strands surround the plurality of openings,
wherein second portions of the plurality of strands are coupled to the layer of material, the second portions of the plurality of strands being positioned along an outer periphery of the mesh, and
wherein the second portions of the plurality of strands are fixed and immovable relative to the layer of material;
a sheath, including:
a lumen,
a proximal end,
a distal end, and
a distal opening, wherein the lumen extends between the proximal end and the distal end, and wherein the lumen is in communication with the distal opening;
a drive strand extending through the lumen of the sheath to a portion of the snare loop proximal to the central opening, wherein movement of the drive strand within the lumen of the sheath is configured to:
move at least a portion of the snare loop, and at least a portion of the mesh, distally out of the distal opening of the sheath, and
move at least a portion of the snare loop, and at least a portion of the mesh, proximally into the distal opening of the sheath, wherein the second portions of the plurality of strands remain stationary relative to the layer of material as the snare loop and the mesh move through the distal opening of the sheath; and
a shrink covering on the portion of the snare loop proximal to the central opening, wherein a proximal end of the shrink covering is distal to the distal end of the drive strand.

US Pat. No. 10,092,167

MULTIPLE VIEWING ELEMENTS ENDOSCOPE SYSTEM WITH MODULAR IMAGING UNITS

EndoChoice, Inc., Alphar...

1. A modular imaging unit assembly adapted to be positioned within an endoscope tip, the modular imaging unit assembly comprising:an optical element for receiving reflected light, said optical element having a central longitudinal axis;
a holder for housing said optical element;
a sensor for detecting said reflected light, wherein said sensor is attached to a surface of said holder, and wherein said sensor is in optical communication with said optical element;
a printed circuit board having a length measured along a first direction defined by the central longitudinal axis, a width measured along a second direction perpendicular to the first direction, and a height measured along a third direction perpendicular to the first and second directions; and
a connector connecting said sensor with said printed circuit board, wherein the connector places said sensor in data communication with said printed circuit board, wherein the connector has a length measured along the first direction, wherein the length of the connector is greater than the length of the printed circuit board, wherein the connector has a width measured along the third direction and a height measured along the second direction, wherein the connector includes a planar surface extending in a plane defined by the first and third directions, wherein the planar surface is formed by a first part of the connector and a second part of the connector, wherein a width of the first part is less than a width of the second part, and a length of the first part is greater than a length of the second part;
wherein a first end portion of the connector is connected to the sensor, and a second end portion of the connector is connected to the printed circuit board, the first and second end portions being opposite end portions of the connector;
wherein the printed circuit board is attached to a side of the connector, the side of the connector lying in a plane defined by the first and second directions; and
wherein the second part of the connector projects substantially perpendicularly from an edge of the printed circuit board.

US Pat. No. 9,986,892

OPERATIONAL INTERFACE IN A MULTI-VIEWING ELEMENT ENDOSCOPE

EndoChoice, Inc., Alphar...

1. An endoscopy display system comprising:an endoscope comprising a distal tip, wherein said distal tip has at least three image capturing components, and a handle, wherein said handle has at least one actuator that, when activated, generates a video processing command;
a controller external to said endoscope, wherein said controller comprises a video processing system adapted to transmit commands to said three image capturing components and receive an image feed from each of said three image capturing components; and
a display system, wherein said display system comprises at least one monitor that concurrently receives each of said processed image feeds from the video processing system and concurrently visually displays each of said processed image feeds, wherein the processed image feeds are positioned adjacent to each other with at least one of the processed image feeds' lengths and widths being equal and wherein said video processing system is adapted to process each of said image feeds in accordance with the video processing command to cause at least one of:
a position of each of said processed image feeds on the at least one monitor to change;
a zoom into only one of said three processed image feeds;
a recording of only one of said three processed image feeds;
a recording of all three of said three processed image feeds;
a freezing of only one of said three processed image feeds;
a freezing of all three of said three processed image feeds;
a highlighting of only one of said three processed image feeds; or
a superimposing of a navigation indicator on only one of said three processed image feeds.

US Pat. No. 10,433,715

ENDOSCOPE CONTROL UNIT WITH BRAKING SYSTEM

EndoChoice, Inc., Alphar...

1. An endoscope system comprising:a first articulation actuator;
a first shaft coupled to the first articulation actuator;
a first sleeve, wherein the first shaft is received in the first sleeve; and
a braking system, comprising:
a first braking actuator, wherein the first braking actuator includes a pin received in the first shaft,
at least one brake body, wherein the at least one brake body is received in the first shaft, and wherein the at least one brake body extends radially outward from said pin;
wherein the pin and the at least one brake body are engaged, such that movement of the pin, via actuation of the first braking actuator, is configured to move the at least one brake body between a retracted position and an extended position,
wherein the at least one brake body presses against the first sleeve when the at least on brake body is in the extended position, and
wherein the at least one brake body is retracted away from the first sleeve when the at least one brake body is in the retracted position.

US Pat. No. 10,292,570

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR GUIDING AND TRACKING A REGION OF INTEREST USING AN ENDOSCOPE

EndoChoice, Inc., Alphar...

1. A method of displaying a region of interest within an endoscopic image on a target area of a display screen of an endoscopy system comprising an insertion portion having a tip section with at least a front viewing element and a side viewing element for capturing images of a body cavity comprising the region of interest, the display screen being coupled with the front viewing element and the side viewing element, the method comprising:capturing an image of the region of interest through one of the front viewing element or side viewing element;
displaying the region of interest on the display screen;
recording a demarcation of the region of interest on the display screen;
recording a demarcation of the target area on the display screen;
determining a transformation to be applied to the region of interest; and
applying the determined transformation to provide guidance to direct a movement of the insertion portion toward the target area based on said recorded demarcation of the target area such that the region of interest is positioned in the target area on the display.

US Pat. No. 10,271,713

TUBED MANIFOLD OF A MULTIPLE VIEWING ELEMENTS ENDOSCOPE

EndoChoice, Inc., Alphar...

1. A multi-viewing elements endoscope comprising:a manifold positioned in a tip section of the endoscope, the manifold comprising:
a first section having a first width and a first length, and comprising a proximal socket;
a second section extending from said first section proximate said proximal socket, and having a second width and a second length, and comprising a distal socket, wherein the second width is less than the first width and the second length is greater than the first length; and
a groove extending from an entry port of the proximal socket to an entry port of the distal socket, wherein the groove is partially open and extends inward towards a central longitudinal axis of the manifold from an outer circumferential surface of the manifold;
a tube having a proximal end and a distal end and positioned in said groove, wherein said distal end is held within the distal socket and said proximal end extends out of the proximal socket; and
an electronic circuit board assembly positioned adjacent said manifold in the tip section, wherein the electronic circuit board assembly comprises a front viewing element and a first side viewing element, and wherein each of the front viewing element and the first side viewing element comprises at least one of a charge coupled device and a complementary metal oxide semiconductor image sensor.

US Pat. No. 10,258,222

MULTI-FOCAL, MULTI-CAMERA ENDOSCOPE SYSTEMS

EndoChoice, Inc., Alphar...

1. A tip section of an endoscope, comprising:a first optical assembly for generating a first image of a body cavity; and
a second optical assembly for generating a second image of the body cavity;
wherein the first optical assembly comprises:
a first lens having a first depth of field and a first optical axis,
a second lens having a second depth of field and a second optical axis, the second depth of field being different from the first depth of field, and
wherein the first lens is movable between a first position and a second position on a path transverse to the first optical axis, wherein the first lens is movable in a first plane, and wherein the second lens is movable in a second plane different than the first plane.

US Pat. No. 10,165,929

COMPACT MULTI-VIEWING ELEMENT ENDOSCOPE SYSTEM

EndoChoice, Inc., Alphar...

1. A manifold for use in an endoscope, comprising:a manifold housing having a partially cylindrical shape with a curved top surface, a partially curved first side and a partially curved second side wherein the manifold housing comprises a base, wherein the base has a first width, a first length, and a proximal surface, and an elongated portion, which is attached to the base, wherein the elongated portion has a second width, a second length, and a distal surface, wherein the first width is greater than the second width and the first length is less than the second length; and
a Y-shaped fluid conduit comprising a central stem portion, a first prong portion, and a second prong portion, wherein the central stem portion extends from an entrance port on the proximal surface of the base through the base, wherein the first prong portion extends from a distal end of the central portion through the base to an exit port on the partially curved first side, and wherein the second prong portion extends from the distal end of the central portion through the base to an exit port on the partially curved second side.

US Pat. No. 10,412,290

IMAGE CAPTURE AND VIDEO PROCESSING SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR MULTIPLE VIEWING ELEMENT ENDOSCOPES

EndoChoice, Inc., Alphar...

1. A video processing method for use in an endoscopy system, said endoscopy system having a plurality of daisy chained image sensors and a central control unit in data communication with said plurality of daisy chained image sensors, the method comprising:in a first of the plurality of daisy chained image sensors, generating video packets from images captured by a sensor array of the first of the plurality of daisy chained image sensors and storing said video packets in a self-packet buffer; and
in said first of the plurality of daisy chained image sensors, interleaving video packets of said self-packet buffer and at least one void packet of a chained packet buffer and transmitting the interleaved video packets to another of the plurality of daisy chained image sensors;
wherein said transmitting of the interleaved packets is performed with variable bitrates that depends on a position of the image sensors in said plurality of daisy chained image sensors, and wherein a data transfer rate of an image sensor is n+1 times the data transfer rate of a previous-in-chain image sensor, where n is the number of preceding image sensors in said plurality of daisy chained image sensors.

US Pat. No. 10,401,611

ENDOSCOPE WITH INTEGRATED MEASUREMENT OF DISTANCE TO OBJECTS OF INTEREST

EndoChoice, Inc., Alphar...

1. A method for determining a distance of an object from a tip of an endoscope during an endoscopic procedure, wherein said tip comprises a housing having a distal end and a curved side wall and a first viewing element positioned on said distal end, wherein said first viewing element comprises at least one lens and a sensor, wherein the at least one lens is configured to converge light from outside said tip onto said sensor, wherein said sensor comprises a plurality of photodiodes and wherein a portion of said plurality of photodiodes are adjacent pairs of photodiodes configured to be phase detection pixels, said method comprising:receiving light into each adjacent pair of photodiodes, wherein said light is reflected off a surface of said object;
determining, for a first photodiode of said adjacent pair of photodiodes, a first response curve of the first photodiode to said light, and determining, for a second photodiode of said adjacent pair of photodiodes, a second response curve of the second photodiode to said light;
identifying an intersection between the first response curve and the second response curve; and
using data derived from said intersection to determine said distance to the object.

US Pat. No. 10,376,181

SYSTEM FOR DETECTING THE LOCATION OF AN ENDOSCOPIC DEVICE DURING A MEDICAL PROCEDURE

Endochoice, Inc., Alphar...

1. An endoscope assembly comprising:an endoscope comprising:
a control handle configured to control one or more functions of the endoscope;
an insertion tube having a length extending distally from said control handle and comprising, on an external surface of said length, a plurality of markings; and
at least one imaging assembly at a tip section of the insertion tube configured to generate two-dimensional image data of a plurality of areas in a field of view of the at least one imaging assembly, and to transmit the two-dimensional image data to a processor; and
a detector configured to detect said plurality of markings during insertion of the insertion tube into a subject along a direction of a central longitudinal axis of the insertion tube, and to detect rotation of the insertion tube about the central longitudinal axis of the insertion tube, and transmit data representative of said plurality of markings to the processor; and
a main control unit coupled to said control handle and comprising said processor, wherein said processor is adapted to merge the transmitted two-dimensional image data, based on the transmitted data representative of said plurality of markings, to generate three-dimensional image data of the areas viewed by the at least one imaging assembly.

US Pat. No. 10,470,649

REMOVABLE TIP ENDOSCOPE

EndoChoice, Inc., Alphar...

1. An endoscope comprising an elongated shaft defined by a longitudinal axis, wherein the elongated shaft comprises:a permanent section fixedly connected to the elongated shaft, wherein the permanent section extends cylindrically along the longitudinal axis, comprising:
a cylindrical recess that extends along the longitudinal axis;
a first connector positioned within said cylindrical recess; and
a hollow cylindrical elongated protrusion extending from a distal face of the permanent section;
a cylindrical removable section connectable to the permanent section, the removable section comprising:
a cylindrical channel into which the hollow cylindrical elongated section protrusion from the permanent section is configured to be slidably inserted, thereby securely connecting the cylindrical removable section to the permanent section;
an elongated section extending from a proximal face of the cylindrical removable section and having a second connector, wherein said second connector is configured to connect to the first connector positioned in the cylindrical recess;
at least one capture device positioned in the cylindrical removable section; and
at least one light source positioned in the cylindrical removable section;
wherein, upon attachment of the cylindrical removable section to the permanent section, a substantially cylindrical endoscope tip is formed;
a locking mechanism configured to form a connection between the permanent section and the cylindrical removable section; and
a button positioned in a recess located on a side of the permanent section or cylindrical removable section, wherein the button is configured to release the locking mechanism, wherein the locking mechanism is configured to only be released if a corresponding command is provided from a control on a display device and wherein said corresponding command is configured to cause an electrical or mechanical effect required for releasing the locking mechanism.