US 10,376,181 B2
System for detecting the location of an endoscopic device during a medical procedure
Itay Sidar, Haifa (IL); Idan Levy, Hadera (IL); and Lior Mor, Haifa (IL)
Assigned to Endochoice, Inc., Alpharetta, GA (US)
Filed by EndoChoice, Inc., Alpharetta, GA (US)
Filed on Feb. 17, 2016, as Appl. No. 15/45,590.
Claims priority of provisional application 62/162,078, filed on May 15, 2015.
Claims priority of provisional application 62/117,362, filed on Feb. 17, 2015.
Prior Publication US 2016/0235340 A1, Aug. 18, 2016
Int. Cl. A61B 90/96 (2016.01); A61B 1/00 (2006.01); A61B 1/01 (2006.01); A61B 34/20 (2016.01); A61B 90/94 (2016.01); A61B 5/06 (2006.01); A61B 5/00 (2006.01); A61B 90/98 (2016.01)
CPC A61B 5/065 (2013.01) [A61B 1/0005 (2013.01); A61B 1/00154 (2013.01); A61B 1/01 (2013.01); A61B 5/0084 (2013.01); A61B 90/94 (2016.02); A61B 90/96 (2016.02); A61B 90/98 (2016.02); A61B 2034/2048 (2016.02); A61B 2034/2065 (2016.02)] 3 Claims
OG exemplary drawing
 
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.