New Hampshire Patent of the Month – March 2024

Pristine Surgical, LLC, a medical device company focused on simplifying endoscopy, has been granted a patent for a new endoscope technology. Designed to improve patient outcomes, the novel endoscope integrates advanced imaging technology with machine learning-driven image processing software to provide real-time visualization in both visible and nonvisible light spectra.

At the core of this invention lies the sophisticated design of the endoscope, featuring image sensors capable of capturing image data not only in visible light but also in the non-visible electromagnetic spectrum. This capability allows surgeons to perceive tissue characteristics beyond what is visible to the naked eye, enabling more precise interventions and diagnostics. 

Moreover, the endoscope is equipped with a plethora of light emitting diodes (LEDs) emitting various wavelengths, including those inducing fluorescence. These LEDs ensure adequate illumination of the surgical site, compensating for the sensitivity of the image sensors and enhancing image quality.

The true ingenuity of Pristine Surgical’s endoscope lies in its image processing software, which leverages machine learning algorithms to enhance the non-visible image data. By subtracting values of overlapping wavelength sensitivity bands, the software reconstructs the image in the non-visible spectrum, presenting it to the surgeon in real-time alongside the visible light image. This innovative approach provides unparalleled insights into tissue characteristics, facilitating more informed decision-making during surgical procedures.

The software offers versatile display options, including split-screen displays and overlays with visible light images, enhancing the surgeon’s ability to interpret the visual information effectively.

The endoscope’s flexibility extends to its design, with options for integrating ultraviolet and infrared LEDs for additional tissue illumination. Additionally, the incorporation of an electronic shutter and strobe circuit further enhances imaging capabilities, allowing for alternate illumination and sensing between multiple sources and wavelengths.

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