JP2001224551A - Capsule endoscope - Google Patents

Capsule endoscope

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JP2001224551A
JP2001224551A JP2000036924A JP2000036924A JP2001224551A JP 2001224551 A JP2001224551 A JP 2001224551A JP 2000036924 A JP2000036924 A JP 2000036924A JP 2000036924 A JP2000036924 A JP 2000036924A JP 2001224551 A JP2001224551 A JP 2001224551A
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Masaru Eguchi
Masahiro Fushimi
Masaaki Nakajima
Tetsuya Nakamura
Taichi Nakanishi
Ichiro Ninomiya
Kenichi Ohara
雅章 中島
哲也 中村
太一 中西
一郎 二ノ宮
正寛 伏見
健一 大原
勝 江口
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    • AHUMAN NECESSITIES
    • A61MEDICAL OR VETERINARY SCIENCE; HYGIENE
    • A61BDIAGNOSIS; SURGERY; IDENTIFICATION
    • A61B1/00Instruments 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
    • A61B1/04Instruments 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 combined with photographic or television appliances
    • A61B1/041Capsule endoscopes for imaging
    • AHUMAN NECESSITIES
    • A61MEDICAL OR VETERINARY SCIENCE; HYGIENE
    • A61BDIAGNOSIS; SURGERY; IDENTIFICATION
    • A61B1/00Instruments 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
    • A61B1/00002Operational features of endoscopes
    • A61B1/00011Operational features of endoscopes characterised by data transmission
    • A61B1/00016Operational features of endoscopes characterised by data transmission using wireless means
    • AHUMAN NECESSITIES
    • A61MEDICAL OR VETERINARY SCIENCE; HYGIENE
    • A61BDIAGNOSIS; SURGERY; IDENTIFICATION
    • A61B1/00Instruments 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
    • A61B1/00002Operational features of endoscopes
    • A61B1/00025Operational features of endoscopes characterised by power management
    • A61B1/00027Operational features of endoscopes characterised by power management characterised by power supply
    • A61B1/00029Operational features of endoscopes characterised by power management characterised by power supply externally powered, e.g. wireless
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    • A61MEDICAL OR VETERINARY SCIENCE; HYGIENE
    • A61BDIAGNOSIS; SURGERY; IDENTIFICATION
    • A61B5/00Detecting, measuring or recording for diagnostic purposes; Identification of persons
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    • A61B5/073Intestinal transmitters
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    • A61B2560/0214Operational features of power management of power generation or supply
    • A61B2560/0219Operational features of power management of power generation or supply of externally powered implanted units

Abstract

PROBLEM TO BE SOLVED: To provide a miniaturized capsule endoscope capable of receiving power supply when required.
SOLUTION: This capsule endoscope comprises a lighting means for lighting in vivo and an imaging means for talking the image of the part lighted by the lighting means, which are provided on one end part of a sealed capsule; a receiving antenna antenna-distributed on a flexible board to receive the power transmitted from the outside of the body, which is provided on the inside surface of the sealed capsule; and a transmitting antenna for transmitting the image signal imaged by the image pickup means to the outside of the body, which is provided on the other end of the sealed capsule.
COPYRIGHT: (C)2001,JPO

Description

【発明の詳細な説明】 DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF THE INVENTION

【0001】 [0001]

【発明の技術分野】本発明は、体外から電力供給を受けて動作するカプセル内視鏡に関する。 FIELD OF THE INVENTION The present invention relates relates to a capsule endoscope which operates by receiving power from outside the body.

【0002】 [0002]

【従来技術およびその問題点】従来のファイバースコープや電子内視鏡装置は、人体外に配置した操作部や画像モニタ装置と、人体内に導入される撮像部とが可撓性管でつながれている構成となっている。 BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION Conventional fiberscope or the electronic endoscope apparatus, an operation unit and an image monitor device disposed in the outside the human body, and an imaging unit that is introduced into the human body is connected by a flexible tube and it has a configuration you are. 被験者の苦痛を軽減するために撮像ヘッド部の小型化や細径化が図られても、「管」が被験者の喉を通る苦痛を根本的になくすことができない。 Be smaller and diameter of the imaging head portion is achieved to reduce the pain of the subject, "tube" can not be eliminated radically pain through the throat of the subject. そこで近年、管のないカプセル状の撮影部と離隔された画像モニタ部を有するカプセル内視鏡装置が提案されている。 In recent years, a capsule endoscope apparatus having an image monitor portion that is spaced apart from the capsule-shaped imaging unit without the tube have been proposed. 提案されているカプセル内視鏡は、体腔内を撮像するイメージセンサと、このイメージセンサが撮像した画像情報を送信する送信器と、これらに電力を供給する電池等を備えたカプセル内視鏡を体内に導入し、体内のカプセル内視鏡が撮像した画像情報を無線によって体外の画像モニタ部へ送信するものである。 The proposed capsule endoscope is in an image sensor for imaging the body cavity, a transmitter for transmitting the image information to the image sensor is captured, the capsule endoscope equipped with a battery for supplying electric power to these introduced into the body, the capsule endoscope in the body is intended to be transmitted to the image monitor unit outside the body by radio the image information captured. しかし、上述のカプセル内視鏡では、内蔵した電池からの電力のみで各電気系部品を動作させるので、体外に送信できる情報量に限度があった。 However, in the capsule endoscope described above, since to operate each electrical system parts using only power from the built-in battery, there is a limit to the amount of information that can be transmitted outside the body. また、容量の大きい電池を使用して送信できる情報量を増やすことも考えられるが、電池の大型化によりラジオカプセルの大型化を招くため、被験者に与える苦痛を考慮すると限界がある。 Moreover, it is conceivable to increase the amount of information that can be sent using the large battery capacity, for increasing the size of the radio capsule through enlargement of the battery, there is considered a limitation of the pain to the subject.

【0003】 [0003]

【発明の目的】本発明は、必要なときに電力供給を受けることができ、かつ、小型化されたカプセル内視鏡を提供することを目的とする。 THE INVENTION An object of the present invention can be powered when necessary, and aims to provide a miniaturized capsule endoscope.

【0004】 [0004]

【発明の概要】本発明は、生体内を照明する照明手段と、該照明手段によって照明された部分を撮像する撮像手段と、該撮像手段が撮像し、出力した画像信号を体外に送信する送信アンテナとを有するカプセル内視鏡において、体外から送信された電力を受信する受電アンテナを設けたことに特徴を有する。 SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION The present invention comprises an illuminating means for illuminating the inside of a living body, transmits an imaging unit for imaging the illuminated portion by said illuminating means, the imaging means takes an image and sends the output image signals outside the body in the capsule endoscope having an antenna, characterized in that providing the power receiving antenna for receiving the power transmitted from outside the body. この構成によれば、被験者の体内に留置されたカプセル内視鏡への電力供給は、 According to this configuration, the power supply to the capsule endoscope which is placed in the body of the subject,
被験者の体内に向けて体外から電力を送信することで実現され、必要なときに電力供給を行なうことができる。 Is achieved by transmitting power from outside the body towards the body of a subject, it is possible to perform power supply when needed.

【0005】このカプセル内視鏡は、人体への安全性の観点から前記照明手段、前記撮像手段、前記送信アンテナおよび前記受電アンテナは密閉カプセルに内蔵されていることが好ましく、例えば、前記照明手段及び前記撮像手段を前記密閉カプセルの一端部に配設し、前記受電アンテナを密閉カプセルの内周面に沿って配設し、前記送信アンテナを密閉カプセルの他端部に配設すれば、前記受電アンテナは密閉カプセルの全周面から電力を効率良く受信することができる。 [0005] The capsule endoscope is preferably that the illuminating means from the viewpoint of safety to the human body, said imaging means, said transmitting antenna and said receiving antenna is incorporated in a sealed capsule, for example, the illuminating means and then disposing the imaging means at one end of the closed capsule, arranged along the power receiving antenna to the inner peripheral surface of the closed capsule, when disposing the transmitting antenna to the other end of the sealed capsule, the receiving antenna can be efficiently receive power from the entire peripheral surface of the sealed capsule. さらに、前記受電アンテナがフレキブル基板上にアンテナ配線を有するアンテナ基板であれば、前記密閉カプセルの内周面に沿って容易に配設できるので、好ましい。 Further, the power receiving antenna if the antenna substrate having an antenna wiring Furekiburu board, so can easily be arranged along the inner peripheral surface of the sealed capsule, preferred.

【0006】さらに、このカプセル内視鏡において、前記撮像手段と、前記撮像手段の出力信号を処理する信号処理手段と、該信号処理手段で処理した信号を変調して送信する変調・送信手段と、前記送信アンテナとを有する回路基板を備え、この回路基板を、前記撮像手段を保持した略円形基板と、前記信号処理手段を保持した略円形基板と、前記変調・送信手段及び前記送信アンテナを保持した略円形基板とを接続ストリップ基板で接続して形成し、前記各略円形基板の夫々が平行になるように前記ストリップ基板との接続部で折り曲げて略円柱状に組立て、この略円柱状に組み立てた略円形基板の外周に前記受電アンテナを巻きつければ、これらをスペース効率良くカプセル内視鏡内に収納することができる。 Furthermore, in the capsule endoscope, and the image pickup device, a signal processing means for processing the output signal of the imaging means, and modulating and transmitting means for transmitting by modulating the signal processed by the signal processing means , comprising a circuit board having said transmitting antenna, the circuit board, and the generally circular substrate which holds the imaging unit, a substantially circular substrate holding said signal processing means, the modulating and sending unit and said transmitting antenna retained a substantially circular substrate formed by connecting the connection strip substrate, said assembly in a substantially cylindrical shape by bending at the connecting portion between the strip substrate as each of the substantially circular substrate is in parallel, the substantially cylindrical the I mean wind the power receiving antenna to the outer periphery of the substantially circular board assembly, it is possible to house them in space efficiently endoscope capsule.

【0007】 [0007]

【発明の実施の形態】以下、図面に基づいて本発明を説明する。 DESCRIPTION OF THE PREFERRED EMBODIMENTS Hereinafter, the present invention will be described with reference to the drawings. 本カプセル内視鏡10は、測定観察時に被験者の体内に導入されて体腔内の様子を撮像し、その画像情報を無線によって体外の受信装置に送信するものである。 This capsule endoscope 10 is introduced at the time of measurement observations in the body of the subject by imaging the state of the body cavity, and transmits the image information to the receiving apparatus outside the body by radio. カプセル内視鏡10は、図1に示すように、前方(図1の左方)から順に、対物光学系20、イメージセンサ部110、信号処理部120、変調・送信アンプ部130が設けられ、周面には受電アンテナ部140が設けられていて、これら全体が水密性の密閉カプセル50 The capsule endoscope 10, as shown in FIG. 1, in order from the front (left in FIG. 1), the objective optical system 20, image sensor unit 110, signal processing unit 120, modulation and transmission amplifier unit 130 is provided, the circumferential surface has a power receiving antenna portion 140 is provided, sealed capsules 50 overall these watertightness
内に収納されている。 It is housed within. 密閉カプセル50は、一端部および他端部が丸みを帯びた(球面形状の)全体として滑らかな外観の円筒形に形成され、前部に半球状の透明カバー50aが透明材料で形成されている。 Sealed capsules 50 is formed in a cylindrical one and the other ends are rounded (spherical shape) as a whole smooth appearance, hemispherical transparent cover 50a is formed with a transparent material to the front . 透明カバー50 The transparent cover 50
aは、対物レンズ22及び発光ダイオード30を保護するとともに、対物レンズ22から被写体までの距離を確保する役割を有している。 a protects the objective lens 22 and the light emitting diode 30 has a role to secure the distance from the objective lens 22 to the object.

【0008】カプセル内視鏡10は、透明カバー50a [0008] The capsule endoscope 10, the transparent cover 50a
を通して観察される被検部を対物光学系20、イメージセンサ111を介して撮像する。 Imaging the object part to be observed objective optical system 20, via the image sensor 111 through. イメージセンサ111 The image sensor 111
で光電変換され蓄積された電荷(蓄積信号)は、信号処理部120で画像信号に変換され、変調・送信アンプ部130で変調・増幅されて送信信号となり、送信アンテナ部140から体外に向けて電波として放射される。 In photoelectrically converted charges accumulated (accumulation signal) by the signal processing unit 120 is converted into an image signal, becomes a transmission signal is modulated and amplified by the modulating and sending amplifier unit 130, toward the outside from the transmitting antenna unit 140 It is emitted as a radio wave. 受電アンテナ140は体外から送信された電力を受信するもので、カプセル内視鏡10は受電アンテナ140から供給される電力で動作するように構成されている。 Power receiving antenna 140 is intended to receive a power transmitted from outside the body, the capsule endoscope 10 is configured to operate with power supplied from the power receiving antenna 140. 従って、体内のカプセル内視鏡10への電力供給は、体外から電力を無線によって送信することで実現され、必要なときに電力供給を行なうことができる。 Therefore, the power supply to the capsule endoscope 10 in the body is achieved by transmitting power from outside the body by radio, it is possible to perform power supply when needed.

【0009】上述のイメージセンサ部110、信号処理部120、変調・送信アンプ部130、受電アンテナ部140は、図2に示すように、回路基板100上に一体に形成されている。 [0009] The foregoing image sensor unit 110, signal processing unit 120, modulation and transmission amplifier unit 130, the power receiving antenna 140, as shown in FIG. 2, is formed integrally on the circuit board 100. 回路基板100は、3枚の円形回路基板(イメージセンサ部110、信号処理部120、変調・送信アンプ部130)と一枚の長方形状をしたフレキシブル基板(受電アンテナ部140)を連結した形状となっている。 Circuit board 100, three circular circuit board (image sensor unit 110, signal processing unit 120, modulation and transmission amplifier section 130) and the shape formed by connecting a flexible substrate having a a piece of rectangular (power receiving antenna portion 140) going on. イメージセンサ部110、信号処理部1 The image sensor unit 110, signal processing unit 1
20、変調・送信アンプ部130の夫々は、帯状の接続ストリップ基板150で接続され、この裏面に配線された導電部材で結線されている。 20, each of the modulating and sending amplifier unit 130 is connected by band-shaped connecting strip substrate 150 are connected by a conductive member that is wired to the back surface. なお、本実施形態の回路基板100は一枚の回路基板から形成してあるが、各回路基板を連結して形成することもできる。 The circuit board 100 of the present embodiment although is formed from a single circuit board may be formed by connecting the respective circuit board.

【0010】イメージセンサ部110の円形回路基板には、イメージセンサ窓112が形成され、表面にイメージセンサ111が固定されている(図2(A)〜 [0010] The circular circuit board of the image sensor unit 110, the image sensor window 112 is formed, the image sensor 111 is fixed to the surface (FIG. 2 (A) ~
(C))。 (C)). また、イメージセンサ部110には、詳細には図示していないが、生体内を照明する照明手段としての発光ダイオード、イメージセンサ制御用電気部品等も設けられている。 Further, the image sensor unit 110, although not shown in detail, the light emitting diodes as the illumination means for illuminating the inside of a living body, an image sensor control electric components and the like are also provided. 信号処理部120の円形回路基板には、その表面にA/Dコンバータ等のイメージセンサ1 The circular circuit board of the signal processing unit 120, the image sensor 1 of the A / D converter or the like on the surface thereof
11の出力信号を処理するための信号処理電気部品12 Signal processing the electrical components 12 for processing the 11 output signals of the
1が固定され(図2(A)、(B))、裏面にはバッテリ101の電気接点123が設けられている(図2 1 is fixed (FIG. 2 (A), (B)), the electrical contacts 123 of the battery 101 is provided on the back surface (FIG. 2
(B)、(C))。 (B), (C)). 変調・送信アンプ部130の円形回路基板には、表面に送信アンプ等の変調・送信電気部品131と送信アンテナ132が固定され(図2(A)、 A circular circuit board modulation and transmission amplifier 130, modulating and sending electrical components 131 and transmit antenna 132, such as a transmission amplifier on the surface is fixed (FIG. 2 (A), the
(B))、裏面にバッテリ101の電気接点133が設けられている(図2(B)、(C))。 (B)), the electrical contacts 133 of the battery 101 on the rear surface is provided (FIG. 2 (B), (C)).

【0011】受電アンテナ部140のフレキシブル基板には、表面に体外からの電力を受信するための1本の受電アンテナ配線141が図2(A)において左右方向に往復する形状で設けられ(図2(A))、裏面にはノイズ遮断のためシールド143が施されている(図2 [0011] The flexible substrate of the power receiving antenna 140, one receiver antenna wiring 141 for receiving power from outside the body surface is provided in the form of reciprocating in the horizontal direction in FIG. 2 (A) (Fig. 2 (a)), the shield 143 for noise cutoff is applied to the back surface (FIG. 2
(C))。 (C)). この受電アンテナ部140で受信された電力は、図4に示すように、整流回路134及び電源安定化回路135を介して一定の直流電圧とされてバッテリ1 Power received by the power receiving antenna 140, as shown in FIG. 4, is a constant DC voltage through the rectifying circuit 134 and the power supply stabilizing circuit 135 battery 1
01に供給され、バッテリ101からイメージセンサ部110、信号処理部120、変調・送信アンプ部130 Is supplied to the 01, the image sensor unit 110 from the battery 101, the signal processing section 120, modulating and transmitting amplifier unit 130
のそれぞれに電力供給される。 It is the power supplied to each of. 本実施形態では、バッテリ101は充電池であって、受電アンテナ部140で受信した電力はバッテリ101の充電用電力または補助電力として消費される。 In the present embodiment, the battery 101 is a rechargeable battery, power received by the power receiving antenna 140 is consumed as charging power or auxiliary electric power of the battery 101. なお、整流回路134及び電源安定化回路135は、図2には図示されていないが、変調・送信アンプ部130に設けられている。 Incidentally, the rectification circuit 134 and a power supply stabilizing circuit 135 is not shown in FIG. 2, is provided in the modulating and sending amplifier unit 130.

【0012】この回路基板100は、図3に示すように、イメージセンサ部110、信号処理部120、変調・送信アンプ部130の夫々が平行になるよう接続ストリップ基板150との接続部で折り曲げ、電気接点12 [0012] The circuit board 100 is, as shown in FIG. 3, bent at the connection portion between the image sensor unit 110, signal processing unit 120, the connection strip substrate 150 such that each is parallel to modulation and transmission amplifier 130, electrical contacts 12
3、133に接するようにバッテリ101を組み込む。 Incorporating the battery 101 in contact with the 3,133.
そして、図1に示すように、この略円柱状に組み立てた回路基板100の外周に受電アンテナ部140を巻きつけて密閉カプセル50に収納するので、受電アンテナ部140を回路基板100と密閉カプセル50の間のわずかなスペースを効率良く利用して収納することができるだけでなく、密閉カプセル50の全周面から電力を効率良く受けることが可能となる。 Then, as shown in FIG. 1, the housing in a sealed capsule 50 by winding the power receiving antenna portion 140 to the outer periphery of the circuit board 100 assembled to the substantially cylindrical shape, sealing the receiving antenna portion 140 and the circuit board 100 capsules 50 not only can be accommodated by utilizing a small space efficiently between, it is possible to receive efficiently power from the entire periphery of the sealed capsule 50.

【0013】以下では、カプセル内視鏡10の使用について図1を参照して説明する。 [0013] The following description with reference to FIG. 1 for use in the capsule endoscope 10. 先ず、被験者にこのカプセル内視鏡10を嚥下させ、体外の電力送信手段から被験者の体内に向けて電力送信を開始する。 First, to swallow the capsule endoscope 10 in the subject, to start the power transmitted to the body of a subject from the power transmitting means outside the body. 送信された電力は、体内のカプセル内視鏡10の受電アンテナ部14 It is transmitted power, the power receiving antenna 14 of the capsule endoscope 10 in the body
0で受信され、この電力によってカプセル内視鏡10に設けられた各電気系部品が動作する。 0 is received, the respective electrical system components included in the capsule endoscope 10 by the power operated. なお本実施形態では、カプセル内視鏡10による測定観察中は、体外の電力送信手段から継続して電力が送信され体内のカプセル内視鏡10への電力供給が継続して行なわれる。 In the present embodiment, during the measurement observation by the capsule endoscope 10, carried out continuously from the power transmitting means of the extracorporeal continue the power supply to the capsule endoscope 10 in the body is transmitted power. 体腔内では、カプセル内視鏡10に押しのけられた管腔の一部が密閉カプセル50の透明カバー50aに密着する。 In the body cavity, a portion of the lumen which is displaced in the capsule endoscope 10 is brought into close contact with the transparent cover 50a of the sealed capsule 50. この密着した部分および透明カバー50aの前方に位置する部分は、イメージセンサ部110に設けられた発光ダイオードによって照明される。 A portion located in front of the contact portion and the transparent cover 50a is illuminated by the light emitting diode provided in the image sensor unit 110. この照明された部分(被検部)の像は、対物光学系20によってイメージセンサ111上に形成され、イメージセンサ111で光電変換されて蓄積される。 Image of the illuminated portion (object part) is formed on the image sensor 111 by the objective optical system 20, it is accumulated by photoelectric conversion by the image sensor 111. イメージセンサ111から出力された蓄積信号は信号処理部120で画像信号に変換され、 Accumulation signal output from the image sensor 111 by the signal processing unit 120 is converted into an image signal,
この画像信号が変調・送信アンプ部130で変調・増幅されて送信信号となり、送信アンテナ132から体外に送信される。 The image signal is modulated and amplified by the modulating and sending amplifier section 130 to become a transmission signal is transmitted from the transmission antenna 132 to the outside. そして、この送信信号が体外の受信手段により受信され、モニタ装置に映し出されて観察される。 Then, the transmission signal is received by the receiving means of the extracorporeal be observed is displayed on the monitor device.

【0014】以上のように、本実施形態では、密閉カプセル50に体外から送信された電力を受信する受電アンテナ部140を内蔵し、受電アンテナ部140が受信した電力によってカプセル内視鏡10を動作させる構成としたので、必要なときに体外から無線によって体内のカプセル内視鏡10に電力供給を行なうことができる。 [0014] As described above, in the present embodiment, a built-in receiving antenna 140 for receiving the power transmitted from outside the body in a sealed capsule 50, the operation of the capsule endoscope 10 by the power receiving antenna portion 140 receives since the configuration for, wirelessly from outside when necessary power can be supplied to the capsule endoscope 10 in the body. 従って、大容量の電池を備える必要がなくカプセル内視鏡10の小型化が可能となり、また、電池残量がないために体外で得られる情報が制限されるという事態も発生しない。 Therefore, it is possible to downsize the capsule endoscope 10 there is no need to provide a battery of large capacity, also does not occur a situation that the information obtained by the outside because there is no battery power is limited.

【0015】本実施形態では、観察測定中は継続して電力供給する構成としているが、必要なときに外部の電力送信手段から電力を送信する構成とすることもできる。 [0015] In the present embodiment, during observation the measurement is set to to the power supply arrangement continuously, can also be configured to transmit the power from the external power transmission means when necessary.
また本実施形態では、バッテリ101として受電アンテナ部140を介して充電される充電池を設けたが、これに限定されず、種々の変形が可能である。 Further, in this embodiment, it is provided a rechargeable battery that is charged via the power receiving antenna portion 140 as the battery 101 is not limited thereto, and various modifications are possible. 例えば、バッテリ101を設けず受電アンテナ部140で受信した電力のみでカプセル内視鏡10を動作させる構成でもよく、また、バッテリ101を非常時にのみ使用する構成としてもよい。 For example, it may be configured to operate the capsule endoscope 10 using only power received by the power receiving antenna portion 140 without providing a battery 101, or may be configured to use the battery 101 only in an emergency.

【0016】また本実施形態では、フレキシブル基板状の受電アンテナ部140をイメージセンサ部110、信号処理部120、変調・送信アンプ部130に巻きつけて密閉カプセル50内に収納したので、受電アンテナ部140を回路基板100と密閉カプセル50とのわずかなスペースを効率良く利用して収納することができるだけでなく、密閉カプセル50の全周面から電力を効率良く受信することが可能となる。 [0016] In this embodiment, the image sensor unit 110 to the power receiving antenna portion 140 of the flexible substrate-like, the signal processing unit 120, so housed in a sealed capsule 50 by winding the modulating and transmitting amplifier unit 130, the power receiving antenna portion 140 not only can be accommodated efficiently utilizing a small space between the circuit board 100 and the sealed capsules 50, it is possible to efficiently receive power from the entire peripheral surface of the sealed capsule 50. また、フレキシブル基板状の受電アンテナ部140を用いる代わりに複数の受電アンテナを密閉カプセル50の周面に沿って配置する構成としても良いが、収納スペース・組立容易性等の観点から見ると、本実施形態のようにフレキシブル基板状の受電アンテナ部140を用いた方が優位である。 Also, may be disposed along the peripheral surface of the sealed capsules 50 a plurality of power receiving antennas instead of using the power receiving antenna portion 140 of the flexible substrate like but, from the viewpoint of such storage space and assembly ease, the It dominates preferable to use a flexible substrate like the power receiving antenna portion 140 as in the embodiment. なお、 It should be noted that,
送信アンテナ134は密閉カプセル50の一端部(図1 One end portion of the transmitting antenna 134 is sealed capsules 50 (Fig. 1
において右方向)に配設されているので、送信アンテナ134による送信及び受電アンテナ部140による受電は、各々が相互に妨げることもない。 Because it is arranged in the right direction), the transmission and the power receiving by receiving antenna unit 140 by the transmission antenna 134, that no interfere with each other, respectively.

【0017】さらに本実施形態では、一枚の回路基板1 [0017] Furthermore, in this embodiment, one circuit board 1
00上にイメージセンサ部110、信号処理部120、 00 The image sensor unit 110 on, the signal processing unit 120,
変調・送信アンプ部130、受電アンテナ部140を設け、イメージセンサ部110、信号処理部120、変調・送信アンプ部130の夫々が平行になるように折り曲げると略円柱状となる構造としたので、各電気系部品を密閉カプセル50内に効率良く収納することができ、カプセル内視鏡10の小型化に貢献できる。 Modulating and transmitting amplifier unit 130, the power receiving antenna portion 140 is provided, the image sensor unit 110, signal processing unit 120, since the structure comprising a substantially cylindrical when folded as each modulation and transmission amplifier section 130 is parallel, each electrical system components in a sealed capsule 50 can be efficiently housed, it can contribute to downsizing of the capsule endoscope 10.

【0018】 [0018]

【発明の効果】本発明は、生体内を照明する照明手段と、該照明手段によって照明された生体内を撮像する撮像手段と、該撮像手段による画像信号を無線によって体外に送信するための送信アンテナとを有するカプセル内視鏡において、体外から送信された電力を受信する受電アンテナを設けたので、必要なときに体外から無線によって体内のカプセル内視鏡に電力供給して動作させることができる。 According to the present invention, an illuminating means for illuminating the in vivo imaging means for imaging an in vivo illuminated by the illuminating means, transmission for transmitting an image signal by the image pickup means from the body by radio in the capsule endoscope having an antenna, is provided with the power receiving antenna for receiving the power transmitted from outside the body, it can be operated by electric power supplied to the capsule endoscope in the body by radio from outside when needed . 従って、大容量の電池を備える必要がなくカプセル内視鏡の小型化が可能となり、また、電池残量がないために体外で得られる情報が制限されるという事態も発生しない。 Therefore, it is possible to downsize the capsule endoscope there is no need to provide a battery of large capacity, also does not occur a situation that the information obtained by the outside because there is no battery power is limited.

【図面の簡単な説明】 BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS

【図1】 本発明を適用したカプセル内視鏡の一実施形態を示す図であり、(A)はカプセル内視鏡の側断面図を、(B)はI−I面での断面図を示している。 Figure 1 is a view showing an embodiment of the present invention the applied capsule endoscope, a side sectional view of (A) is a capsule endoscope, the cross-sectional view at (B) is I-I plane shows.

【図2】 同カプセル内視鏡が備えた回路基板の展開図であり、(A)は上から見た様子を、(B)は側面から見た様子を、(C)は下から見た様子をそれぞれ示している。 [Figure 2] is a development view of a circuit board the capsule endoscope with a picture obtained by viewing from (A) is above a picture obtained by viewing from (B) is a side, as viewed from the bottom (C) respectively show the state.

【図3】 各略円形回路基板を組み立てた回路基板の側断面図である。 3 is a side sectional view of a circuit board assembly each substantially circular circuit board.

【図4】 受電アンテナからカプセル内視鏡への電力供給の様子をブロックで示す図である。 4 is a diagram showing a state of the power supply block from the power receiving antenna to the capsule endoscope.

【符号の説明】 DESCRIPTION OF SYMBOLS

10 カプセル内視鏡 20 対物レンズ 50 密閉カプセル 100 回路基板 101 非常用バッテリ 110 イメージセンサ部 111 イメージセンサ 112 イメージセンサ窓 120 信号処理部 121 信号処理電気部品 130 変調・送信アンプ部 131 変調・送信電気部品 132 送信アンテナ 140 受電アンテナ部 150 接続ストリップ基板 10 Capsule endoscope 20 objective lens 50 sealed capsules 100 circuit board 101 emergency battery 110 image sensor unit 111 image sensor 112 image sensor window 120 signal processing unit 121 signal processing electrical components 130 modulating and transmitting amplifier unit 131 modulating and sending electrical components 132 transmitting antenna 140 receiving antenna unit 150 connecting strips substrate

───────────────────────────────────────────────────── フロントページの続き (72)発明者 二ノ宮 一郎 東京都板橋区前野町2丁目36番9号 旭光 学工業株式会社内 (72)発明者 中村 哲也 東京都板橋区前野町2丁目36番9号 旭光 学工業株式会社内 (72)発明者 伏見 正寛 東京都板橋区前野町2丁目36番9号 旭光 学工業株式会社内 (72)発明者 江口 勝 東京都板橋区前野町2丁目36番9号 旭光 学工業株式会社内 (72)発明者 大原 健一 東京都板橋区前野町2丁目36番9号 旭光 学工業株式会社内 Fターム(参考) 2H040 CA03 DA00 DA01 GA02 4C038 CC03 CC09 4C061 CC06 FF50 HH60 JJ06 JJ19 LL02 NN03 QQ06 UU06 ────────────────────────────────────────────────── ─── of the front page continued (72) inventor Ichiro Ninomiya Itabashi-ku, Tokyo cortex-cho 2-chome No. 36 No. 9 rays of the rising sun chemical industry Co., Ltd. in the (72) inventor Tetsuya Nakamura Itabashi-ku, Tokyo cortex-cho 2-chome 36 No. 9 No. rays of the rising sun chemical industry Co., Ltd. in the (72) inventor Masahiro Fushimi Itabashi-ku, Tokyo cortex-cho 2-chome No. 36 No. 9 rays of the rising sun chemical industry Co., Ltd. in the (72) inventor Masaru Eguchi Itabashi-ku, Tokyo cortex-cho 2-chome 36 No. 9 No. rays of the rising sun chemical industry Co., Ltd. in the (72) inventor Kenichi Ohara Itabashi-ku, Tokyo cortex-cho 2-chome No. 36 No. 9 rays of the rising sun chemical industry Co., Ltd. in the F-term (reference) 2H040 CA03 DA00 DA01 GA02 4C038 CC03 CC09 4C061 CC06 FF50 HH60 JJ06 JJ19 LL02 NN03 QQ06 UU06

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    【特許請求の範囲】 [The claims]
  1. 【請求項1】 生体内を照明する照明手段と、 該照明手段によって照明された部分を撮像する撮像手段と、 該撮像手段による画像信号を体外に無線送信する送信アンテナと、を有するカプセル内視鏡において、 体外から送信された電力を受信する受電アンテナを設けたことを特徴とするカプセル内視鏡。 1. A illumination means for illuminating the inside of a living body, a capsule endoscope having an imaging unit for imaging the illuminated portion by said illuminating means, and a transmitting antenna for wirelessly transmitting to the outside the image signal by the image pickup means in the mirror, the capsule endoscope, characterized in that a receiving antenna for receiving the power transmitted from outside the body.
  2. 【請求項2】 請求項1記載のカプセル内視鏡は、前記照明手段、前記撮像手段、前記送信アンテナ及び前記受電アンテナを内蔵した密閉カプセルを有するカプセル内視鏡。 Capsule endoscope 2. A method according to claim 1, wherein, the illumination means, the imaging means, the capsule endoscope having a sealed capsule which incorporates the transmitting antenna and the receiving antenna.
  3. 【請求項3】 請求項2記載のカプセル内視鏡において、 前記照明手段及び前記撮像手段を前記密閉カプセルの一端部に配設し、 前記受電アンテナを前記密閉カプセルの内周面に沿って配設し、 前記送信アンテナを前記密閉カプセルの他端部に配設したカプセル内視鏡。 3. A capsule endoscope according to claim 2, arranged said illuminating means and said imaging means at one end of the sealed capsule, distribution along the power receiving antenna to the inner peripheral surface of the sealed capsule set, and the capsule endoscope is disposed at the other end of the sealed capsules the transmitting antenna.
  4. 【請求項4】 請求項1から3いずれか一項に記載のカプセル内視鏡において、 前記受電アンテナは、フレキシブル基板上にアンテナ配線された受電アンテナ基板であるカプセル内視鏡。 4. The capsule endoscope according to any one of claims 1 3, wherein the power receiving antenna, the capsule endoscope is a power receiving antenna substrate which is an antenna wiring on a flexible substrate.
  5. 【請求項5】 請求項1から4いずれか一項に記載のカプセル内視鏡は、 前記撮像手段と、前記撮像手段の出力信号を処理する信号処理手段と、該信号処理手段で処理した信号を変調して送信する変調・送信手段と、前記送信アンテナと、を有する回路基板を備え、 該回路基板は、 前記撮像手段を保持した略円形基板と、前記信号処理手段を保持した略円形基板と、前記変調・送信手段及び前記送信アンテナを保持した略円形基板と、を接続ストリップ基板で接続した形状をなし、前記各略円形基板の夫々が平行になるように前記ストリップ基板との接続部で折り曲げて略円柱状に組立てられ、 前記受電アンテナは、該略円柱状に組み立てられた略円形基板の外周に巻かれているカプセル内視鏡。 5. The capsule endoscope according to an item 4 claim 1, said imaging means, a signal processing means for processing the output signal of the imaging means, signal processed by the signal processing means and modulating and transmitting means for transmitting the modulated and includes a circuit board having, said transmitting antenna, the circuit substrate includes a substantially circular substrate which holds the imaging unit, a substantially circular substrate held the signal processing means When the modulating and sending unit and said substantially circular substrate was maintained transmitting antennas, the a shape connected by connecting strips board, the connecting portion between the strip substrate as each of the substantially circular substrate is in parallel in folded assembled in a substantially cylindrical shape, wherein the power receiving antenna, the capsule endoscope is wound around the outer circumference of the generally circular substrate assembled in the symbolic cylindrical.
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