Arthrex has been granted a patent for an innovative endoscopic camera system that combines low dynamic range color images with a monochrome image using HDR processing. This technology enhances image quality for medical procedures. GlobalData’s report on Arthrex gives a 360-degree view of the company including its patenting strategy. Buy the report here.

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According to GlobalData’s company profile on Arthrex, Cardiothoracic surgery instruments was a key innovation area identified from patents. Arthrex's grant share as of January 2024 was 62%. Grant share is based on the ratio of number of grants to total number of patents.

Endoscopic camera system with high dynamic range imaging

Source: United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). Credit: Arthrex Inc

A recently granted patent (Publication Number: US11877070B2) discloses an innovative endoscopic camera system designed to enhance image quality in medical procedures. The system comprises multiple color image sensors and a monochrome image sensor, along with an HDR processor and a combiner. The color image sensors receive different exposures of visible light, while the monochrome sensor captures non-visible light. The HDR processor combines the low dynamic range images from the color sensors into a high dynamic range image, which is then merged with the monochrome image by the combiner. Additionally, a scaler is included to adjust the resolution of the monochrome image to match that of the high dynamic range image, ensuring uniform image quality throughout the process.

Furthermore, the patent details a method for producing high-quality images using the endoscopic camera system. The method involves combining color images from sensors with varying exposures to create a high dynamic range image, which is then merged with a monochrome image captured by a specialized sensor. By rescaling the resolution of the monochrome image to match that of the high dynamic range image, the system ensures consistency in image quality. The method also accounts for differences in resolution between the color and monochrome sensors, with options for rescaling based on specific resolutions. Overall, the patented technology aims to improve image clarity and detail in endoscopic procedures, offering a sophisticated solution for medical professionals seeking advanced imaging capabilities.

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