JP2002078675A - Motor operated angle type electronic endoscope system - Google Patents

Motor operated angle type electronic endoscope system

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JP2002078675A
JP2002078675A JP2000269179A JP2000269179A JP2002078675A JP 2002078675 A JP2002078675 A JP 2002078675A JP 2000269179 A JP2000269179 A JP 2000269179A JP 2000269179 A JP2000269179 A JP 2000269179A JP 2002078675 A JP2002078675 A JP 2002078675A
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Toshinari Maeda
俊成 前田
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PROBLEM TO BE SOLVED: To provide a motor operated angle type electronic endoscope system capable of utilizing a light source used in a manual angle type electronic endoscope and having excellent cleanability and medical electric safety.
SOLUTION: A connector 2d is constituted of a first coupling part 31 and a second coupling part 32. A light guide connector 33 and an opening shielding member 34 for blocking an air connector 5 are projected from the proximal end of the part 31. A first electric connector 35, a suction connector 36a, a water sending mouthpiece 36b and an air connector 36c are provided at the part 31, and a coupling port 38 for detachably fixedly coupling a second electric connector 37 and a curved surface driver 7 is provided at the part 32. A pulley 62 integral with a wire side spur gear 61 is provided in the part 32. An idler 71 formed of a resin member of an insulating member is engaged with the gear 61, and a drive side spur gear 76 is engaged with the idler 71.
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【発明の詳細な説明】 DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF THE INVENTION

【0001】 [0001]

【発明の属する技術分野】本発明は、操作部の操作スイッチから出力される電気信号に基づいて、外部装置に設けた電動モータ等を駆動させ、この駆動力によって挿入部を構成する湾曲部を湾曲動作させる電動アングル式電子内視鏡装置に関する。 BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION The present invention is based on the electrical signal outputted from the operation switch of the operation unit, drives the electric motor or the like provided in the external device, a curved portion constituting the insertion portion by the driving force an electric angle electronic endoscope apparatus for bending operation.

【0002】 [0002]

【従来の技術】近年、体腔内に細長な挿入部を挿入し、 In recent years, by inserting an elongated insertion portion into a body cavity,
必要に応じて処置具チャンネル内に処置具を挿通して、 By inserting the treatment instrument into the treatment instrument channel as needed,
各種検査・処置のできる内視鏡が広く用いられている。 Endoscopes can various inspection and treatment is widely used.
これら内視鏡には電荷結合素子(CCD)などの固体撮像素子を撮像手段に用い、CCDに結像した被写体像を電気信号、さらには画像信号に変換してモニタ画面上に被写体像を表示して観察するようにした電子内視鏡がある。 Using the imaging means a solid-state image sensor such as a charge coupled device (CCD) for these endoscopes, the electrical signal an object image formed on the CCD, further displays an object image on the monitor screen is converted into an image signal it is to an electronic endoscope which is adapted to observe.

【0003】この電子内視鏡には、挿入部が軟性で、この挿入部に複数の湾曲駒を連接して上下左右方向に湾曲可能に形成した湾曲部を設けた、口腔や肛門などから屈曲した体腔内に挿通可能なものがある。 [0003] The electronic endoscope, an insertion portion is flexible, the curved portion that is curved can be formed in the vertical and horizontal directions by concatenating a plurality of bending pieces in the insertion portion is provided, bending, etc. from the mouth or anus there are things that can be inserted into the body cavity. この湾曲部の湾曲動作は例えば、前記挿入部の手元側端部に位置する把持部を兼ねる操作部に設けた湾曲操作ノブを手動操作することによって湾曲部を湾曲動作させる手動アングル式の電子内視鏡や、この操作部に設けた電気スイッチの1 Bending operation of the bending portion, for example, a manual-angle in the electronic curving operate the bending portion by manually operating the bending operation knob provided on the operation unit which also serves as a gripping portion positioned on the proximal end of the insertion portion endoscope and, first electrical switch provided on the operation unit
つである湾曲操作スイッチを操作して電動モータを駆動させることによって電動モータを駆動させて湾曲部を湾曲動作させる電動アングル式の電子内視鏡がある。 By operating the bending operation switch is an electronic endoscope of the electric-angle for bending operation of the bending portion by driving the electric motor by driving the electric motor One in which.

【0004】湾曲部を湾曲動作させる電動モータを備えた電動アングル式の電子内視鏡としては、特開平3−2 [0004] As the electric-angle electronic endoscope having an electric motor for bending operation of the bending portion, JP-A-3-2
28728号公報に示す内視鏡があり、この内視鏡では操作部内に電動モータを設け、この電動モータの駆動力で湾曲ワイヤを牽引して湾曲部を湾曲動作させるようにしている。 There is an endoscope shown in 28728 discloses, in this endoscope the electric motor provided in the operation portion, so that curving operation of the bending portion and pulling the bending wire by the driving force of the electric motor.

【0005】しかし、この内視鏡では操作部に駆動部となる電動モータやエンコーダ、クラッチ等の電気部品や機構部品を設けているので、操作部が大型化して重くなるという不具合が発生する。 However, the electric motor and an encoder serving as a driving unit in the operation unit in the endoscope, since the provided electrical parts and mechanical parts such as a clutch, a problem that the operation unit becomes heavy in size occurs. また、洗浄等の高湿度環境に内視鏡をさらすことによって電気部品や機構部品の特性が劣化するという問題や、さらには駆動部を構成する電気部品からの電流に対して電子内視鏡を患者回路側にして駆動部側を2次回路側に切り離す回路構成が複雑になるという問題があった。 Moreover, and a problem that characteristics of the electrical components and mechanical components by exposing the endoscope to a high humidity environment such as cleaning is deteriorated, the more electronic endoscope with respect to the current from the electrical components of the drive unit circuitry for disconnecting the drive side in the patient circuit side 2 next road there is a problem that becomes complicated.

【0006】そして、特開平6−22904号公報には例えば外部装置である制御装置に電動モータを設け、この電動モータの駆動力を電子内視鏡の操作部から延出するユニバーサルコードの基端部に設けたコネクタ内の駆動力伝達機構部材である歯車に伝達することにより、湾曲ワイヤを牽引して湾曲部を湾曲動作させるようにした電動内視鏡装置が示されている。 [0006] Then, the JP-A-6-22904 an electric motor provided in the control device is an external device for example, the proximal end of the universal cord extending the driving force of the electric motor from the operation unit of the electronic endoscope by transmitting the gear is a driving force transmitting mechanism member in the connector provided in the section, the electric endoscope apparatus that is bending operation the bending portion and pulling the bending wire is shown. この電動内視鏡装置によれば、操作部の小型化が可能であるとともに、洗浄時の問題や回路構成の問題が解決される。 According to the electric endoscope apparatus, together it is possible to miniaturize the operating unit, the cleaning time problems and the circuit configuration of the problem is solved.

【0007】 [0007]

【発明が解決しようとする課題】しかしながら、前記特開平6−22904号公報の電動内視鏡装置では、例えば湾曲部を手動で動作させる手動アングル式の電子内視鏡から買い換えるとき、コネクタ構造の違いに等により手動アングル式電子内視鏡の光源装置を使用することができなくなる。 [SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION However, in the above electric endoscope apparatus of JP-A-6-22904 discloses, for example when get a new curved portion from the electronic endoscope manually-angle operating manual, the connector structure it becomes impossible to use a light source device for a manual angle electronic endoscope by such differences. このため、高価な光源装置を買い換えなければならない。 Therefore, it must bought a new expensive light source device. つまり、手動アングル式の電子内視鏡で使用していた光源装置が不用になってしまうという問題があった。 In other words, there is a problem that a light source device that has been used in the electronic endoscope manually-angle becomes unnecessary.

【0008】本発明は上記事情に鑑みてなされたものであり、手動アングル式の電子内視鏡で使用していた光源装置の利用が可能で洗滌性、医用電気安全性に優れた電動アングル式電子内視鏡装置を提供することを目的にしている。 [0008] The present invention has been made in view of the above circumstances, use is possible cleaning of the light source device that has been used in the electronic endoscope manually-angle, electronic medical safety excellent electric-angle It is the object to provide an electronic endoscope apparatus.

【0009】 [0009]

【課題を解決するための手段】本発明の電動アングル式電子内視鏡装置は、湾曲部を有する挿入部の先端部に撮像素子を備え、この挿入部の基端部に配置された操作部に電気信号を出力する湾曲操作スイッチ、送気スイッチ、送水スイッチ、吸引スイッチを有し、この操作部から延出するユニバーサルコードの基端部に連結部を設けた電動アングル式電子内視鏡と、前記連結部が着脱自在に接続され、観察用の照明光を供給する光源装置と、前記連結部に接続され、前記撮像素子を駆動させる駆動信号及びこの撮像素子で光電変換された画像信号を処理する画像処理装置と、前記連結部に接続され、前記湾曲操作スイッチ、送気スイッチ、送水スイッチ、吸引スイッチから出力される電気信号が入力されて、制御信号を出力する駆動制御装置 Electric Angle electronic endoscope apparatus SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION The present invention includes an imaging element at a distal end portion of an insertion portion having a curved portion, arranged operating unit at the proximal end of the insertion portion bending operation switch that outputs an electrical signal, the air supply switch, water switch, having a suction switch, an electric angle electronic endoscope provided with a connecting portion to the base end portion of the universal cord extending from the operation portion , the connecting portion is detachably connected, a light source device for supplying illumination light for observation, is connected to the connecting portion, a drive signal for driving the imaging device and an image signal photoelectrically converted by the imaging device and an image processing apparatus for processing, is connected to the connecting portion, the bending operation switch, the air switch, water switch, the electric signal output from the suction switch is input, the drive control device for outputting a control signal 、前記連結部に接続され、前記駆動制御装置から出力される制御信号に基づいて送気、送水、吸引を行う流体装置と、前記駆動制御装置から出力された制御信号に基づく駆動力を発生させる駆動部を備え、前記連結部に着脱自在な駆動力伝達機構部によって、前記駆動部で発生された駆動力を前記ユニバーサルコード及び挿入部内を挿通する牽引部材に伝達して前記湾曲部を湾曲動作させる湾曲駆動装置とを具備している。 , Is connected to the connecting portion, the air on the basis of a control signal output from the drive control device, water supply, and a fluid system for performing suction, to generate a driving force based on the control signal output from the drive control device a drive unit, by freely driving force transmitting mechanism portion detachably to the connecting portion, bending operation a to transmit the driving force generated by the drive unit to the traction member for inserting the universal cord and the insertion portion the curved portion and comprising a bending drive unit which.

【0010】そして、前記駆動力伝達機構部を、前記湾曲駆動装置の駆動部からの漏れ電流を遮断する絶縁部材で形成し、前記連結部は送気用管路を有する光源装置に対して着脱可能にする、前記送気用管路を閉塞状態にする管路閉塞部材を設けている。 [0010] Then, attaching and detaching the said driving force transmitting mechanism, the formed of an insulating member for blocking the leakage current from the drive portion of the bending drive unit, the connecting unit with respect to the light source device having the air conduit possible to, is provided with conduit closure member to the closed state the air supply conduit.

【0011】この構成によれば、操作部の小型化、軽量化を図って操作性の向上を図れるとともに、確実な医用電気安全確保が図れる。 According to this structure, miniaturization of the operating unit, with thereby improving the aiming and operability weight reduction, thereby a reliable medical electrical safety. また、送気用管路を有していた手動アングル式の電子内視鏡の光源装置を使用して電動アングル式電子内視鏡装置の構成が可能になる。 Further, it is possible to configure an electric angle electronic endoscope apparatus using the light source apparatus of an electronic endoscope manually-angle that had air conduit.

【0012】 [0012]

【発明の実施の形態】以下、図面を参照して本発明の実施形態を説明する。 BEST MODE FOR CARRYING OUT THE INVENTION Hereinafter, an embodiment of the present invention with reference to the drawings. 図1ないし図6は本発明の一実施形態に係り、図1は電動アングル式電子内視鏡装置の構成を説明する図、図2は電動アングル式電子内視鏡のコネクタ部分の構成例を説明する図、図3は連結部と湾曲駆動装置との構成を説明する図、図4は湾曲駆動装置の構成を説明する図、図5は連結部に水密キャップを装着した状態を説明する図、図6は挿入部とユニバーサルコードとの屈曲状態の湾曲ワイヤを示す図である。 1 to 6 relate to an embodiment of the present invention, FIG. 1 illustrating the configuration of an electric angle electronic endoscope apparatus, the configuration of the connector portion of FIG. 2 is an electric angle type electronic endoscope description figures, FIG. 3 is a diagram illustrating the configuration of the bending drive unit and the coupling unit, Fig. 4 is the figure 5 illustrating the configuration of the bending drive unit for explaining the state of mounting a watertight cap to the connecting portion 6 is a diagram showing a bending wire bending state of the insertion portion and the universal cord. なお、図3(a)は第2連結部に湾曲駆動装置を連結した連結状態を示す図、図3(b)は湾曲ワイヤとワイヤ側平歯車との関係を説明する図である。 3 (a) is a diagram view showing a connection state of connecting the bending drive unit to the second connecting portion, Fig. 3 (b) for explaining the relationship between the deflection wire and the wire-side spur gear.

【0013】図1に示す本実施形態の電動アングル式電子内視鏡装置(以下電子内視鏡装置と略記する)1は、 [0013] (hereinafter abbreviated as electronic endoscope apparatus) Electric Angle electronic endoscope apparatus of the present embodiment shown in FIG. 1 1,
例えば医療用の電動アングル式電子内視鏡(以下内視鏡と略記する)2と、光源装置3と、画像処理装置4と、 For example the electric angle electronic endoscope medical and (abbreviated as endoscope below) 2, a light source device 3, the image processing apparatus 4,
駆動制御装置5と、流体装置6と、湾曲駆動装置7とで主に構成されている。 A drive control unit 5, a fluid device 6, is mainly composed of a bending drive unit 7. そして、前記画像処理装置4で生成された映像信号はビデオケーブル4aによって図示しない表示装置に出力され、表示装置の画面上に内視鏡画像が表示される。 The video signal generated by the image processing device 4 is outputted to a display device (not shown) by a video cable 4a, the endoscopic image is displayed on the screen of the display device.

【0014】前記内視鏡2は、体腔内に挿入される細長な挿入部2aと、この挿入部2aの基端側に配設された把持部を兼ねる細長な操作部2bと、この操作部2bから延出するユニバーサルコード2cとで主に構成されている。 [0014] The endoscope 2 includes an insertion portion 2a elongated to be inserted into a body cavity, the elongated operation portion 2b serving as a grip portion disposed at the proximal end side of the insertion section 2a, the operation unit It is mainly composed of a universal cord 2c extending from 2b.

【0015】前記挿入部2aは、先端側から順に撮像素子21aを内蔵した硬性の先端部21、複数の湾曲駒を連接して上下左右方向に湾曲可能に形成した湾曲部2 [0015] The insertion portion 2a is rigid tip portion 21 with a built-in image sensor 21a from the distal end side in order, the curved portion 2 which is bendable to form the vertical and horizontal directions by concatenating a plurality of bending pieces
2、可撓性を有する可撓管部23を連設している。 2, are consecutively provided a flexible tube portion 23 having flexibility.

【0016】前記操作部2bには電気信号を出力する電気スイッチとして前記湾曲部22を所望する方向に湾曲操作する例えばポテンショメータや感圧センサ等のジョイスティックタイプの湾曲操作スイッチ24や、吸引を指示する吸引ボタン25、送気を指示する送気ボタン2 [0016] The operating section curvature or operation switch 24 of the joystick type, for example such as a potentiometer or pressure sensor for the bending operation in a desired direction the bending portion 22 as an electrical switch that outputs an electrical signal to 2b, to indicate the suction suction button 25, for instructing the air insufflation button 2
6、送水を指示する送水ボタン27等の操作スイッチが水密に設けられている。 6, operation switches, such as water supply button 27 for instructing the water supply is provided in a watertight manner. 前記ユニバーサルコード2cの基端部には第1連結部31と第2連結部32とで構成された内視鏡コネクタ2dが設けられている。 Wherein the proximal end portion of the universal cord 2c endoscope connector 2d, which is constituted by a first connecting portion 31 and the second connecting portion 32 is provided.

【0017】なお、符号41は駆動力を伝達する牽引部材である湾曲ワイヤ、符号42は撮像素子21aから延出して信号の送受を行う撮像ケーブル、符号43は照明光を伝送するライトガイドファイバ、符号44は湾曲操作スイッチ24、吸引ボタン25、送気ボタン26、送水ボタン27から延出して指示信号を送信する信号線をひとまとめにした信号ケーブルである。 [0017] Incidentally, the deflection wire numeral 41 is a pulling member for transmitting driving force, reference numeral 42 is an imaging cable for transmitting and receiving signals extending from the imaging device 21a, reference numeral 43 is a light guide fiber for transmitting illumination light, reference numeral 44 is a bending operation switch 24, a suction button 25, an air button 26, the signal cable collectively a signal line for transmitting an instruction signal extending from water supply button 27. また、挿入部2 In addition, the insertion portion 2
a、ユニバーサルコード2c内には図示しない吸引チューブ、送水チューブ、送気チューブが挿通されている。 a, is in the universal cord 2c suction tube (not shown), water supply tube, air supply tube is inserted.

【0018】前記光源装置3は、観察用の照明光を発生させるランプ(図2符号51)を有し、このランプ51 [0018] The light source device 3 includes a lamp (Fig. 2 reference numeral 51) for generating the illumination light for observation, the lamp 51
の照明光は前記ライトガイドファイバ43を介して先端部21まで伝達されて図示しない照明窓を通過して観察部位に照射されるようになっている。 Illumination light is adapted to be irradiated on the observed region through the illumination window (not shown) is transmitted to the distal end portion 21 through the light guide fiber 43.

【0019】前記画像処理装置4は、前記撮像ケーブル42と電気的に接続される信号処理部(図2の符号4a [0019] The image processing apparatus 4, the image pickup cable 42 and the signal processing unit electrically connected (reference numeral 4a in Fig. 2
参照)を備え、前記撮像素子21aを駆動させる駆動信号を出力する一方、この撮像素子21aの撮像面に結像して電気信号に光電変換された光学像の画像信号を受けて映像信号を生成して表示装置に出力する。 Comprising a reference), while outputting a driving signal for driving the image pickup device 21a, generates a video signal by receiving an image signal of an optical image photoelectrically converted into an electrical signal formed on the imaging surface of the imaging element 21a and outputs it to the display device by.

【0020】前記駆動制御装置5は、前記湾曲操作スイッチ24、吸引ボタン25、送気ボタン26、送水ボタン27から延出する信号線とそれぞれ電気的に接続される制御部(図2の符号5a参照)を備え、この制御部5 [0020] The drive control unit 5, the bending operation switch 24, a suction button 25, an air button 26, reference numeral 5a of the control unit (Fig. 2 respectively and the signal line extending from the water feeding button 27 is electrically connected comprising a reference), the control unit 5
aより前記流体装置6及び前記湾曲駆動装置7に制御信号を出力する。 It outputs a control signal to the fluid device 6 and the bending drive unit 7 from a.

【0021】前記流体装置6は、前記駆動制御装置5から出力された制御信号に基づいて制御される複数の電磁弁(図2の符号6a,6b,6c参照)を備え、吸引、 [0021] The fluid device 6 includes a plurality of solenoid valves are controlled based on the control signal outputted from the drive control device 5 (in FIG. 2 reference numerals 6a, 6b, 6c reference) to the suction,
送気、送水を行う。 The air, the water supply is carried out.

【0022】前記湾曲駆動装置7は、前記駆動制御装置5から出力された制御信号に基づく駆動力を発生させる駆動部となる電動モータ70を備えている。 [0022] The bending drive unit 7 includes an electric motor 70 as a driving unit for generating driving force based on the control signal output from the drive control device 5. この電動モータの70の駆動力は、前記第2連結部32に着脱自在な後述する駆動力伝達機構部を介して湾曲ワイヤ41に伝達される。 The 70 driving force of the electric motor is transmitted to the bending wire 41 via a driving force transmission mechanism to be described later detachably attached to the second connecting portion 32. このことによって、前記湾曲部22が湾曲操作スイッチ24の指示信号にしたがった湾曲動作をする。 Thereby, the bending portion 22 to a bending operation according to the instruction signal of the bending operation switch 24.

【0023】なお、符号8aは撮像ケーブル42が延出した第1連結部31と画像処理装置4とを電気的に接続する第1信号伝達ケーブル、符号8bは信号ケーブル4 [0023] Reference numeral 8a is a first signal transmission cable for electrically connecting the first connecting portion 31 and the image processing device 4 that the image pickup cable 42 is extended, numeral 8b is a signal cable 4
4が延出した第2連結部32と駆動制御装置5とを電気的に接続する第2信号伝達ケーブル、符号8cは駆動制御装置5からの制御信号を流体装置6に伝達する第1電気ケーブル、符号8dは駆動制御装置5からの制御信号を湾曲駆動装置7に伝達する第2電気ケーブルであり、 4 the second signal transmission cable which electrically connects the second connecting portion 32 and a drive control unit 5 extending found code 8c first electrical cable for transmitting control signals from the drive control unit 5 in a fluid apparatus 6 , reference numeral 8d denotes a second electrical cable for transmitting control signals from the drive control unit 5 in the bending drive unit 7,
符号9a,9b,9cは流体装置6と第1連結部31とを接続するチューブであって具体的に符号9aは吸引チューブ、符号9bは送水チューブ、符号9cは送気チューブである。 Code 9a, 9b, 9c is tube a was concretely code 9a which connects the fluid device 6 and the first connecting portion 31 suction tube, numeral 9b is the water supply tube, reference numeral 9c is an air supply tube.

【0024】ここで、図2及び図3を参照して内視鏡コネクタ2d及び湾曲駆動装置7の構成を説明する。 [0024] Here, the configuration of the endoscope connector 2d and bending drive unit 7 with reference to FIGS. なお、本実施形態の電子内視鏡装置1の光源装置3は、手動アングル式の電子内視鏡で使用していた光源装置であり、図2に示すように光源装置3内には照明光を発するランプ51、ランプ51から発した照明光を第1連結部31から突出するライトガイドコネクタ33の基端面に集光させる集光レンズ52とともに、送気のための送気ポンプ53、送気管路54及び送気口金55等が設けられている。 The light source apparatus 3 of the electronic endoscope apparatus 1 of the present embodiment is a light source device that has been used in the electronic endoscope manually-angle, the illumination light to the light source device 3 as shown in FIG. 2 the emitted light 51, the illumination light together with the first connecting portion 31 light guide connector condenser lens 52 for condensing the proximal end face 33 projecting from emitted from the lamp 51, air supply for the air pump 53, air line road 54 and air-supply mouth rings 55 and the like.

【0025】図2及び図3(a)に示すように前記内視鏡コネクタ(以下コネクタと略記する)2dは、第1連結部31と第2連結部32とで構成されている。 [0025] The endoscope connector (which hereinafter connector hereinafter) as shown in FIG. 2 and FIG. 3 (a) 2d is composed of the first connection portion 31 and the second connecting portion 32. 第1連結部31の基端部には、前記ライトガイドファイバ43 The base end portion of the first connecting portion 31, the light guide fiber 43
を内挿したライトガイドコネクタ33と、前記送気口金55の開口部を閉塞する開口部遮断部材34とが突設している。 And interpolated light guide connector 33, the opening blocking member 34 for closing the opening of the air-supply mouth 55 is protrusively provided.

【0026】また、この第1連結部31の側周面には前記第1信号伝達ケーブル8aが電気的に接続される第1 Further, first to the first signal transmission cable 8a on the side peripheral surface of the first connecting portion 31 is electrically connected
電気コネクタ35、吸引チューブ9aが連結される吸引口金36a、送水チューブ9bが連結される送水口金3 Electrical connector 35, the suction mouthpiece 36a of the suction tube 9a is connected, water-feed mouthpiece 3 which water supply tube 9b are connected
6b、送気チューブ9cが連結される送気口金36cが設けられている。 6b, air-supply mouth 36c is provided with air supply tube 9c is coupled.

【0027】一方、前記第2連結部32の端部には前記第2信号伝達ケーブル8bが電気的に接続される第2電気コネクタ37が設けられ、側周面には前記湾曲駆動装置7が着脱自在に連結固定される連結機構部となる連結口38が設けられている。 Meanwhile, the the end of the second connecting portion 32 a second electrical connector 37 is provided the second signal transmission cable 8b are electrically connected, the bending drive unit 7 on a side peripheral surface connecting opening 38 is provided with a coupling mechanism that is detachably connected and fixed. この第2連結部32内にはワイヤ側平歯車61に一体なプーリー62が設けられており、このプーリー62によって進退されるように前記湾曲ワイヤ41が配置されている。 This is the second connecting portion 32 is integral with pulley 62 is provided on the wire side spur gear 61, the deflection wire 41 is disposed so as to be forward and backward by the pulley 62.

【0028】前記ワイヤ側平歯車61には湾曲駆動装置7に設けられている駆動力伝達機構部として絶縁部材である樹脂部材によって所定の大きさ及び形状に形成されたアイドラ71が噛合するようになっている。 [0028] As the idler 71 which is formed in a predetermined size and shape by a resin member is an insulating member as a driving force transmitting mechanism portion provided in the bending drive unit 7 to the wire side spur gear 61 is meshed going on. このアイドラ71には湾曲駆動装置7の駆動側平歯車76が噛合している。 Drive-side spur gear 76 of the bending drive unit 7 is meshed in this idler 71.

【0029】このため、前記湾曲駆動装置7の接続部7 [0029] Therefore, the connecting portion 7 of the bending driving device 7
bを第2連結部32の連結口38に一体的に例えば螺合によって固定することにより、前記駆動側平歯車76の回転駆動力がアイドラ71によってワイヤ側平歯車61 The b the coupling port 38 of the second connecting portion 32 by fixing by integrally example screwed, a wire-side spur gear 61 the rotational driving force of the driving-side spur gear 76 by the idler 71
に伝達されてプーリー62に配置された湾曲ワイヤ41 It is transmitted to the bending wire 41 disposed on the pulley 62
が進退するとともに、第2連結部32と湾曲駆動装置7 Together but moves forward and backward, bending driving unit and the second coupling part 32 7
とがアイドラ71によって所定間隔離間されて、湾曲駆動装置7内の後述する電気部品からの漏れ電流が第2連結部32に流れることが防止される。 Doo is separated by a predetermined distance by the idler 71, the leakage current from the electrical components to be described later in the bending drive unit 7 is prevented from flowing in the second connecting portion 32.

【0030】図3(b)に示すように前記湾曲ワイヤ4 [0030] The curved wire as shown in FIG. 3 (b) 4
1には上下用と左右用とがあり、上下用の湾曲ワイヤ4 The 1 has a for right and left for vertically bending wire 4 for vertical
1aは上下用のプーリー62aに配置され、左右用の湾曲ワイヤ41bは左右用のプーリー62bにそれぞれ配置されている。 1a is disposed pulley 62a for vertically bending wire 41b for the right and left are arranged on the pulley 62b for the right and left. 符号63は前記ワイヤ側平歯車61の回転量を検出するためのポテンショメータであり、ワイヤ側平歯車61a,61bの回転量を検知してワイヤ移動量を制御するポテンショメータ63a,63bがそれぞれ設けられている。 Reference numeral 63 is a potentiometer for detecting a rotational amount of the wire-side spur gear 61, the potentiometer 63a that wire side spur gear 61a, to detect the amount of rotation of 61b to control the wire movement amount, 63 b is provided, respectively there.

【0031】図4を参照して湾曲駆動装置7の構成を説明する。 [0031] Referring to FIG. 4 illustrating a configuration of the bending drive unit 7. 図に示すように前記湾曲駆動装置7を構成する接続部7bを備えた外装ケース7aは、絶縁性を有する例えば樹脂部材で形成されている。 Outer casing 7a having a connection portion 7b which constitutes the bending driving unit 7 as shown in figure is formed by, for example, a resin member having an insulating property. この外装ケース7a The outer case 7a
内には前記上下用の湾曲ワイヤ41aを動作させるための上下用駆動部70aと、前記左右用の湾曲ワイヤ41 A vertical drive unit 70a for operating the bending wire 41a for the upper and lower within, the deflection wire 41 for the right and left
bを動作させるための左右用駆動部70bとが配設されている。 Right and left driving section 70b for operating the b is arranged.

【0032】前記上下用駆動部70a及び左右用駆動部70bは、駆動軸に例えば駆動力伝達用平歯車(単に平歯車と記載する)72a,72bを配置した電動モータ73a,73bと、この平歯車72a,72bに減速機構を構成する歯車列74a,74bによって接続されて駆動力が伝達されるクラッチ75a,75bと、このクラッチ75a,75bに設けられ駆動力を出力する例えば平歯車からなる駆動側平歯車76a,76bとで構成されている。 [0032] The vertical drive unit 70a and the left and right driving unit 70b is a drive shaft, for example the driving force transmission spur gear (simply spur gear and described) 72a, an electric motor 73a which is arranged 72b, and 73b, the flat gear train 74a constituting the reduction mechanism gear 72a, to 72b, the clutch 75a to which the driving force is connected by 74b is transmitted, and 75b, the clutch 75a, and an output for example spur gear the driving force provided 75b drive side spur gear 76a, is composed of a 76 b.

【0033】なお、前記アイドラ71にも上下用と左右用とがあり、前記上下用駆動側平歯車76aに上下用アイドラ71aが噛合し、前記左右用駆動側平歯車76b [0033] Incidentally, the even there is a for right and left for the upper and lower idler 71, the vertical motion idler 71a vertically drive side spur gear 76a is meshed, the left and right drive-side spur gear 76b
に左右用アイドラ71bが噛合している。 Left and right for the idler 71b is engaged to. また、前記電動モータ73a,73bは、前記駆動制御装置5から第2電気ケーブル8dを介して入力される制御信号にしたがって駆動される。 Further, the electric motor 73a, 73b is driven according to a control signal input from the drive control device 5 via the second electrical cable 8d. さらに、符号56は光源装置3に一体的に配置され、前記コネクタ2dの第2連結部32を支持する剛性を有する例えば金属製の支持板である。 Further, reference numeral 56 is integrally arranged on the light source device 3, for example, a metal support plate having a rigidity that the second connecting portion 32 for supporting the connector 2d.

【0034】上述のように構成した電子内視鏡装置1の作用を説明する。 [0034] To explain the operation of the electronic endoscope apparatus 1 configured as described above. まず、内視鏡2の操作部2bから延出するユニバーサルコード2cの端部に設けられているコネクタ2dの端部から突出しているライトガイドコネクタ33を光源装置3の所定位置に取り付ける。 First, mounting the light guide connector 33 which projects from the end of the connector 2d provided at the end of the universal cord 2c extending from the operation section 2b of the endoscope 2 in a predetermined position of the light source device 3. すると、 Then,
このライトガイドコネクタ33の端面がランプ51の光軸上の所定位置に配置されるとともに、このライトガイドコネクタ33近傍から突出する開口部遮断部材34が前記光源装置3内に設けられている送気口金55の開口部を閉塞状態にする。 With the end face of the light guide connector 33 is disposed at a predetermined position on the optical axis of the lamp 51, air supply to the opening blocking member 34 which projects from the vicinity the light guide connector 33 is provided in the light source device 3 the opening of the mouthpiece 55 in the closed state. このとき、第2連結部32は、支持板56によって支持された状態になる。 At this time, the second connecting portion 32 is in a state of being supported by the support plate 56.

【0035】この状態で、コネクタ2dと画像処理装置4、駆動制御装置5、流体装置6とを第1信号伝達ケーブル8a、第2信号伝達ケーブル8b、吸引チューブ9 [0035] In this state, the connector 2d and the image processing apparatus 4, the drive control unit 5, and a fluid device 6 first signal transmission cable 8a, second signal transmission cable 8b, suction tube 9
a、送水チューブ9b、送気チューブ9cを介して連結し、最後に第2電気ケーブル8dの先端部に設けられている湾曲駆動装置7を第2連結部32に連結する。 a, the water supply tube 9b, linked via a air supply tube 9c, and finally coupling the second electric cable bending drive device 7 provided on the tip portion of 8d to the second connecting portion 32. このとき、前記第2連結部32が支持板56によって支持されているので、駆動部70a,70bを備えた前記湾曲駆動装置7は機械的及び電気的に安定した連結状態になる。 At this time, the second connecting portion 32 since it is supported by the support plate 56, drive unit 70a, the bending drive device 7 provided with 70b becomes mechanically and electrically stable connection state. なお、駆動制御装置5と流体装置6とは第1電気ケーブル8cによって予め電気的な接続状態になっている。 Note that the drive control unit 5 and the fluid device 6 has become previously electrically connected state by the first electric cable 8c.

【0036】次に、術者は、挿入部2aを体腔内に挿入していく。 [0036] Next, the operator, will the insertion portion 2a is inserted into the body cavity. このとき、術者は、表示装置の画面上に表示される内視鏡画像を観察しながら、挿入部2aの先端部21を観察部位に向けて挿入していく。 At this time, the surgeon, while observing the endoscopic image displayed on the screen of the display device, will insert toward the distal end portion 21 of the insertion portion 2a in the observed region. この際、術者は必要に応じて操作部2bを把持している左手の指で湾曲操作スイッチ24を操作して湾曲部22を湾曲操作する。 At this time, the surgeon bending operation of the bending portion 22 by operating the bending operation switch 24 with the left hand fingers gripping the operation portion 2b as necessary.

【0037】すると、湾曲操作スイッチ24からは指示信号が信号ケーブル44、第2信号伝達ケーブル8bを介して駆動制御装置5に出力される。 [0037] Then, an instruction signal from the bending operation switch 24 is the signal cable 44, is output to the drive control unit 5 via a second signal transmission cable 8b. そして、この駆動制御装置5から第2電気ケーブル8dを介して湾曲駆動装置7の所定の駆動部である例えば上下用駆動部70a Then, a predetermined drive portion of the bending drive unit 7 from the drive control device 5 via the second electrical cable 8d example vertical driving section 70a
の電動モータ70aに制御信号が出力される。 Control signal is output to the electric motor 70a.

【0038】このことによって、電動モータ70aが回転駆動する一方、この電動モータ70aの駆動力は駆動力伝達用平歯車72a、上下用歯車列74a、上下用クラッチ75a、上下用駆動側平歯車76a、上下用アイドラ71aを介して第2連結部32内のワイヤ側平歯車61に伝達され、このワイヤ側平歯車61に一体なプーリー62に配置されている湾曲ワイヤ41aが所定の方向に所定量移動して湾曲部22が湾曲動作する。 [0038] Thereby, while the electric motor 70a is driven to rotate, the driving force is driving force transmission spur gear 72a of the electric motor 70a, the upper and lower gear train 74a, the upper and lower clutch 75a, the upper and lower drive side spur gear 76a is transmitted to the wire side spur gear 61 in the second connecting portion 32 through the vertical motion idler 71a, a predetermined amount in the direction deflection wire 41a is given which is disposed integral with the pulley 62 on the wire side spur gear 61 moving to the bending portion 22 is operated bending.

【0039】また、術者が、吸引ボタン25、送気ボタン26、送水ボタン27等の操作ボタンの操作を行うと(ここでは送気ボタン26を操作したとする)、送気ボタン26から信号ケーブル44、第2信号伝達ケーブル8bを介して駆動制御装置5に指示信号が出力され、この駆動制御装置5から8cを介して流体装置6に制御信号が出力される。 Further, the operator, a suction button 25, an air button 26, when the operation of the operation buttons such as water supply button 27 (here assumed that operating the air supply button 26), the signal from the air button 26 cable 44, the instruction signal is outputted to the drive control device 5 through a second signal transmission cable 8b, the control signal to the fluid 6 through 8c from the drive control unit 5 is outputted.

【0040】このことによって、流体装置6の電磁弁6 [0040] Thereby, the solenoid valve of the fluid 6 6
cが開状態にされて、送気ポンプ6dからの空気が送気チューブ9c、送気口金36c、送気チューブを通って先端部21に設けられた図示しないノズルから噴出されていく。 c is in the open state, air is the air supply tube 9c from the air supply pump 6d, air-supply mouth 36c, will be ejected from the nozzle (not shown) provided in the distal end portion 21 through the air supply tube.

【0041】そして、検査終了後には前記コネクタ2d [0041] Then, the connector 2d after completion of the inspection
に連結されて画像処理装置4、駆動制御装置5、流体装置6とを接続していた第1信号伝達ケーブル8a、第2 Is connected to the image processing apparatus 4, the drive control unit 5, a first signal transmission cable 8a was connected to a fluid device 6, the second
信号伝達ケーブル8b、吸引チューブ9a、送水チューブ9b、送気チューブ9c、湾曲駆動装置7を取り外し、図5に示すように連結口38に水密キャップ77a Signal transmission cable 8b, suction tube 9a, the water supply tube 9b, the air supply tube 9c, remove the bending driving device 7, a watertight cap 77a to the connecting port 38 as shown in FIG. 5
を取り付けるとともに、水密キャップ77b,77cをそれぞれ第1電気コネクタ35,第2電気コネクタ37 It is attached to, watertight cap 77b, a first electrical connector 35, respectively 77c, second electrical connector 37
に取り付けて洗滌を行う。 Do the washing is attached to.

【0042】このように、湾曲ワイヤを配置したプーリーが一体で、湾曲駆動装置のアイドラに着脱自在に噛合するワイヤ側平歯車を内視鏡用コネクタ内に配置する一方、このコネクタの側部に第1電気コネクタ、吸引口金、送水口金、送気口金、第2電気コネクタ及び連結口を設けるとともに、コネクタ端部にライトガイドコネクタ及び開口部遮断部材を設けて内視鏡用コネクタを形成して電動アングル式電子内視鏡を構成したことによって、つまり、駆動部を外部装置に設けたことによって、 [0042] Thus, pulley arranged curved wire integrally, the wire-side spur gear to freely engaged removably on idler bending drive apparatus while disposed in the endoscope within the lens connector, the side portion of the connector first electrical connector, suction connector, water-feed mouthpiece, air-supply mouth, the second providing the electrical connector and the connecting port, the endoscope connector is formed in the connector end provided with the light guide connector and the opening blocking member by configuring the electric angle electronic endoscope Te, that is, by providing the drive unit to an external device,
内視鏡操作部の構成の簡素化及び軽量化を図ることができるとともに、内視鏡使用後の内視鏡洗滌作業性を良好にすることができる。 It is possible to simplify and weight of the endoscope operation section of the configuration, it is possible to improve the endoscope cleaning workability after endoscopic use. このことによって、操作部に設けた電気スイッチを適宜操作することによって、外部装置である湾曲駆動装置や流体装置を駆動動作させて内視鏡挿入部の湾曲動作や吸引や送気、送水等の各種操作を行える。 Thereby, by operating the electric switch provided on the operation unit appropriate bending operation and the suction and air of the endoscope insertion portion to bending drive unit and the fluid system is an external device is driven operation, the water supply, etc. perform various operations.

【0043】また、内視鏡用コネクタの端部にライトガイドコネクタ及び開口部遮断部材を設けたことによって、内視鏡用コネクタを手動アングル式の電子内視鏡で使用していた光源装置に取り付けて内視鏡観察を行うことができる。 [0043] Further, by providing the light guide connector and the opening blocking member on an end portion of the endoscope connector, the endoscope connector to a light source device that has been used in the electronic endoscope manually-angle it is possible to perform endoscopic observation attached. このことによって、手動アングル式の電子内視鏡から電動アングル式の電子内視鏡に交換する際に高価な光源装置を買い換える必要をなくして金銭的な負担を軽減する。 This allows to reduce the financial burden by eliminating the need to get a new one the expensive light source device when replacing the electronic endoscope manually-angle to the electronic endoscope of the electric-angle.

【0044】さらに、湾曲駆動装置の駆動力を、絶縁部材で所定の大きさに形成したアイドラによって駆動側平歯車からワイヤ側平歯車に伝達する構成にするとともに、駆動部を覆う外装ケースを絶縁部材で形成したことによって、湾曲駆動装置から発生した漏れ電流が第2連結部を介して電動アングル式電子内視鏡側に伝達される不具合を防止して医用電気安全性を容易に確保することができる。 [0044] Further, the driving force of the bending drive unit, with a configuration to transmit to the wire side spur gear from the drive side spur gear by idler formed into a predetermined size in the insulating member, the insulating outer case that covers the driving unit by forming a member, the leakage current generated from the bending drive unit is easily secured to prevent problems medical electrical safety to be transferred through the second connecting portion to the electric angle electronic endoscope side can.

【0045】なお、挿入部内を挿通する湾曲ワイヤは、 [0045] Incidentally, the deflection wire inserting the insertion portion is
図6に示すように操作部2bの下端部側に配置した滑車28によってユニバーサルコード2cから挿入部2aに向けて屈曲させている。 And it is bent toward the insertion portion 2a universal cord 2c by the operation unit 2b pulley 28 disposed on the lower end of the as shown in FIG. 6. このことによって、屈曲角が鋭角になった場合でも湾曲ワイヤ41がスムーズに摺動移動して駆動力が伝達される。 This allows sliding movement to the driving force is transmitted smoothly curved wire 41 even if the bending angle is an acute angle. また、各操作スイッチや各口金等の配置位置は、図に示した位置関係に限定されるものではない。 Further, positions of such operating switches and each ferrule is not limited to the positional relationship shown in FIG.

【0046】尚、本発明は、以上述べた実施形態のみに限定されるものではなく、発明の要旨を逸脱しない範囲で種々変形実施可能である。 [0046] The present invention is not limited to the embodiment described above, and various modifications may be implemented without departing from the scope of the invention.

【0047】 [0047]

【発明の効果】以上説明したように本発明によれば、手動アングル式の電子内視鏡で使用していた光源装置の利用が可能で洗滌性、医用電気安全性に優れた電動アングル式電子内視鏡装置を提供することができる。 According to the present invention as described in the foregoing, a manual-angle of possible washing of the use of a light source device that has been used in the electronic endoscope, excellent electric-angle electron electronic medical safety it is possible to provide an endoscope apparatus.

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

【図1】図1ないし図6は本発明の一実施形態に係り、 FIG. 1 through 6 relate to an embodiment of the present invention,
図1は電動アングル式電子内視鏡装置の構成を説明する図 1 is a diagram illustrating the configuration of an electric angle electronic endoscope apparatus

【図2】電動アングル式電子内視鏡のコネクタ部分の構成例を説明する図 Figure 2 illustrates a structure of the connector portion of the electric angle electronic endoscope

【図3】連結部と湾曲駆動装置との構成を説明する図 Diagram illustrating the configuration of Figure 3 connecting portion and the bending drive unit

【図4】湾曲駆動装置の構成を説明する図 Diagram illustrating the configuration of Figure 4 bending drive unit

【図5】連結部に水密キャップを装着した状態を説明する図 FIG. 5 is a diagram illustrating a state of mounting the watertight cap to the connecting portion

【図6】挿入部とユニバーサルコードとの屈曲状態の湾曲ワイヤを示す図 6 shows the bending wire bending state of the insertion portion and the universal cord

【符号の説明】 DESCRIPTION OF SYMBOLS

1…電動アングル式電子内視鏡装置 2…電動アングル式電子内視鏡 2a…挿入部 2b…操作部 2c…ユニバーサルコード 2d…内視鏡コネクタ 3…光源装置 38…連結口 4…画像処理装置 5…駆動制御装置 6…流体装置 7…湾曲駆動装置 7a…外装ケース 7b…接続部 31…第1連結部 32…第2連結部 61…ワイヤ側平歯車 70…電動モータ 71…アイドラ 76…駆動側平歯車 1 ... electric angle electronic endoscope apparatus 2 ... electric angle electronic endoscope 2a ... insertion portion 2b ... operating portion 2c ... universal cord 2d ... endoscope connector 3 ... light source device 38 ... connecting port 4 ... image processing apparatus 5 ... drive controller 6 ... fluid apparatus 7 ... bending drive unit 7a ... outer casing 7b ... connection portion 31 ... first connecting portion 32 ... second connecting portion 61 ... wire side spur gear 70 ... electric motor 71 ... idler 76 ... drive side spur gear

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    【特許請求の範囲】 [The claims]
  1. 【請求項1】 湾曲部を有する挿入部の先端部に撮像素子を備え、この挿入部の基端部に配置された操作部に電気信号を出力する湾曲操作スイッチ、送気スイッチ、送水スイッチ、吸引スイッチを有し、この操作部から延出するユニバーサルコードの基端部に連結部を設けた電動アングル式電子内視鏡と、 前記連結部が着脱自在に接続され、観察用の照明光を供給する光源装置と、 前記連結部に接続され、前記撮像素子を駆動させる駆動信号及びこの撮像素子で光電変換された画像信号を処理する画像処理装置と、 前記連結部に接続され、前記湾曲操作スイッチ、送気スイッチ、送水スイッチ、吸引スイッチから出力される電気信号が入力されて、制御信号を出力する駆動制御装置と、 前記連結部に接続され、前記駆動制御装置から出力さ [Claim 1 further comprising an imaging device at a distal end portion of an insertion portion having a bending portion, the bending operation switch that outputs an electrical signal to the operation unit arranged on the proximal end of the insertion portion, an air switch, water switch, has a suction switch, an electric angle electronic endoscope provided with a connecting portion to the base end portion of the universal cord extending from the operation portion, the connecting portion is detachably connected, the illumination light for observation and supplying the light source device, it is connected to the connecting portion, and an image processing apparatus for processing an image signal photoelectrically converted by the driving signal and the image pickup device drives the image pickup device, is connected to the connecting portion, the bending operation switch, air switch, water switch, which electric signal output from the suction switch is input, a drive control unit for outputting a control signal, is connected to the connecting portion, it is outputted from the drive control device る制御信号に基づいて送気、送水、吸引を行う流体装置と、 前記駆動制御装置から出力された制御信号に基づく駆動力を発生させる駆動部を備え、前記連結部に着脱自在な駆動力伝達機構部によって、前記駆動部で発生された駆動力を前記ユニバーサルコード及び挿入部内を挿通する牽引部材に伝達して前記湾曲部を湾曲動作させる湾曲駆動装置と、 を具備することを特徴とする電動アングル式電子内視鏡装置。 Air based on that control signal, water, and a fluid system for suctioning, said a drive unit for generating a driving force based on the control signal outputted from the drive control unit, detachable driving force transmitted to the connecting portion the mechanism unit, characterized by comprising a bending drive unit for bending operation of the bending portion is transmitted to the towing member for inserting the universal cord and the insertion portion of the generated drive force by the drive unit motor angle electronic endoscope apparatus.
  2. 【請求項2】 前記駆動力伝達機構部を、前記湾曲駆動装置の駆動部からの漏れ電流を遮断する絶縁部材で形成したことを特徴とする請求項1記載の電動アングル式電子内視鏡装置。 Wherein said driving force transmitting mechanism, the bending drive unit for an electric angle electronic endoscope apparatus according to claim 1, characterized by forming an insulating member to block the leakage current from the drive unit .
  3. 【請求項3】 前記連結部は、送気用管路を有する光源装置に対して着脱可能にする、前記送気用管路を閉塞状態にする管路閉塞部材を設けたことを特徴とする請求項1記載の電動アングル式電子内視鏡装置。 Wherein the connecting part is detachable from the light source device having a air supply conduit, characterized in that the air supply conduit provided with a conduit closure member to the closed state electric angle electronic endoscope apparatus according to claim 1.
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