Patent Number: 7,708,688

Title: Polymer endoscopic shaft

Abstract: An endoscopic shaft having multiple endoscopic elements set in a polymer common housing. The endoscopic elements may be drawn with the common housing to manufacture a component, called an EndoFiber, which forms the length of the endoscopic shaft. A second structure, called an Endocap, may be provided that includes optical elements and which is attached to the end of the EndoFiber to form the shaft.

Inventors: Welker; David J. (Vancouver, WA), Breckon; Christopher D. (Vancouver, WA), Holt; Todd E. (Vancouver, WA), Richter; Christopher A. (Tumwater, WA)

Assignee: Paradigm Optics, Incorporated

International Classification: A61B 1/00 (20060101); B29D 11/00 (20060101)

Expiration Date: 5/04/12018