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1. US5779623 - Positioner for medical instruments

Office United States of America
Application Number 08564772
Application Date 29.11.1995
Publication Number 5779623
Publication Date 14.07.1998
Grant Number 5779623
Grant Date 14.07.1998
Publication Kind A
IPC
B PERFORMING OPERATIONS; TRANSPORTING
65
CONVEYING; PACKING; STORING; HANDLING THIN OR FILAMENTARY MATERIAL
H
HANDLING THIN OR FILAMENTARY MATERIAL, e.g. SHEETS, WEBS, CABLES
51
Forwarding filamentary material
18
Gripping devices with linear motion
A HUMAN NECESSITIES
61
MEDICAL OR VETERINARY SCIENCE; HYGIENE
B
DIAGNOSIS; SURGERY; IDENTIFICATION
1
Instruments for performing medical examinations of the interior of cavities or tubes of the body by visual or photographical inspection, e.g. endoscopes; Illuminating arrangements therefor
005
Flexible endoscopes
01
Guiding arrangements therefor
A HUMAN NECESSITIES
61
MEDICAL OR VETERINARY SCIENCE; HYGIENE
B
DIAGNOSIS; SURGERY; IDENTIFICATION
19
Instruments, implements or accessories for surgery or diagnosis not covered by any of the groups A61B1/-A61B18/149
B65H 51/18
A61B 1/01
A61B 19/00
CPC
A61B 90/50
A61B 34/70
A61B 2017/3409
Applicants Leonard Medical, Inc.
Inventors Bonnell Leonard J.
Agents Fish & Richardson P.C.
Priority Data 08134206 08.10.1993 US
Title
(EN) Positioner for medical instruments
Abstract
(EN)

A remote-controlled device is capable of selectively positioning a medical instrument within a predetermined region of space. The device includes a clamp having two pivotally mounted sections enabling the clamp to be placed in either an opened position or a closed position. Each section has a drive wheel including an arc-shaped groove which accommodates the medical instrument when the clamp is placed in the closed position. Each of the wheels has a coupling gear positioned and configured to pivot apart when the clamp is placed in the open position with portions of teeth of the gears remaining engaged with each other. One of the drive wheels is directly driven by a motor housed in one of the sections of the clamp.