Multiaperture Monocular Endoscopic Objective for Multiview Acquisition

Case ID:
UA22-004
Invention:

This invention describes a device with several novel imaging capabilities such as 3D viewing, peripheral awareness, and light-field based computational imaging in endoscopes for minimally invasive surgery. Through integration of a multiaperture and multiview selector in conjunction with a multiview deflector, the technology allows for multiple perspective views of an object field to be captured on the same imaging sensor.

Background:
A common part of minimally invasive surgery is the use of some kind of endoscopic device for imaging and visuals. This presents several challenges, as the precision, resolution, and specific functionality of a small endoscope is often not ideal for the surgical setting.  

The inventors propose a new method, design, and embodiment of a multi-aperture monocular objective for an endoscope. This would allow for an array of improved and expanded functionalities such as 3D viewing, peripheral awareness, and light-field based computational imaging in endoscopes for minimally invasive surgery.

Applications:

  • Improved multiview acquisition-capable endoscope


Advantages:

  • Multiview acquisition
  • 3D viewing
  • Better peripheral awareness
Patent Information:
Contact For More Information:
Kennedy Nyairo
Sr. Licensing Manager, Optical Sciences
The University of Arizona
knyairo@email.arizona.edu
Lead Inventor(s):
Hong Hua
Elliott Kwan
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