Patent Number: 6,569,091

Title: Disconnectable vaginal speculum with removeable blades

Abstract: A vaginal speculum consists of two pivotally interconnected disconnectableparts. Each part slidingly supports a movable blade moveable in thelongitudinal direction of the speculum. In addition to longitudinalmovement, one of the blades can be moved circumferentially. Each blade canbe completely withdrawn from the speculum, even during the procedure,i.e., without removing the speculum from the vagina. As a result, the samespeculum can be used in procedures requiring both as well as only oneblade. Furthermore, the entire upper part of the speculum, i.e., the guideportion together with the removable blade, can be completely disconnectedfrom the speculum without removing the latter from the vagina. Theremaining lower part can be used as a spatula. Circumferentialdisplacement of one of the blades in both directions makes it possible toobserve the vaginal cavity over the entire periphery without rotating theentire speculum or replacing it with another tool.

Inventors: Diokno; Ananias (Ann Arbor, MI), Borodulin; German (San Francisco, CA), Shkolnik; Alexander (San Carlos, CA)

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International Classification: A61B 1/32 (20060101); A61B 1/303 (20060101); A61B 001/32 ()

Expiration Date: 05/22015