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Publication numberUS2637317 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateMay 5, 1953
Filing dateApr 13, 1951
Priority dateApr 13, 1951
Publication numberUS 2637317 A, US 2637317A, US-A-2637317, US2637317 A, US2637317A
InventorsMartin Hayes
Original AssigneeWelch Allyn Inc
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Binocular vision diagnostic instrument
US 2637317 A
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y 5, 1953 H. MARTIN 2,637,317

BINOCULAR VISION DIAGNOSTIC INSTRUMENT Filed April 15, 1951 Patented May 5, 1953 BIND CULAR VISION DIAGNOSTIC ENSTEURIENT Hayes Martin, New York, N. Y., assignor toWe'lch Allyn, 1110., Auburn, N. Y., acorporation of New York Application April 13, 195l,'Serial No. 220,780

2 Claims.

The present invention relates to diagnostic instruments, and more particularly to a diagnostic instrument of the type utilized for depressing the epigiottis at the base of the tongue for purposes of performing exploratory or diagnostic ELEillll of the larynx, pharynx, or else-- "18 posterior oral cavity, or performing types or medication and/or other therapeutic or operational procedures.

The laryngeal and pharyngeal speculums available heretofore are so constructed that the diagncstician or other user thereof can make only mo cular examination of the exposed larynx,


ph or otherwise, as the case be. This fact is .ue to the substantially straight sides of th e prior art laryngoscope or pharyngoscope blades, one side of which is usually open. An

open-sided blade of this general'type is disclosed a patient tends to project into the'open side oi this type of blade, thus sometimes hindering clear and unobstructed observation of the larynx, pharynx or elsewhere as is particularly necessary for effective diagnostic procedures.

It is well known that binocular vision, with attendant depth perception, is essential for a thorough and accurate examination for pathological or diagnostic purposes.

, Accordingly, it is a primary object of the present invention to provide a blade for laryngoscopes, pharyngoscopes or the like whichallows binocular observation of the object under examination.

Another object is to provide a blade for laryngoscopes, pharyngoscopes, and the like which prevents the tissue about the posterior oral cavity irom projecting into the blade and blocking clear observation of the object under examination.

A further object is to provide a blade for laryng'oscopes, pharyngoscopes, and the like which allows binocular vision of the object under examination, and which is provided with means for illuminating the object.

A still further object is to provide a blade "for laryngoscopes, pharyngoscopes, and the like H which converges from its proximal end "to its distal end to a predetermined degree or angle relative to the line of vision of the user of the instrument to an object to be observed, when'the object to be observed is within 'a predetermined range of vision.

Other objects and advantages of the invention will hereinafter become more apparent and the novel features thereof defined in the appended claims.

In'the drawing:

Figure l is a'view in side elevation of an instrument embodying the invention, the operating handle assembly being merely illustrative of one form of handle support for the blade with which this invention is primarily concerned;

Figure 2 is a view in top plan of the instrument shown in Figure 1;

Figure 3 is a fragmentary View in end elevation, looking from the proximal end to the distal end of the instrument blade; and

Figure 4 is a diagrammatic view of the blade showing the relative angular convergence of the blade with respect to the line of vision of a user of the instrument to an object to'be'observed.

Like reference characters designate corresponding parts in the several figures of the drawing, wherein i generally denotes an instrument blade made in accordance with the present invention. This blade 1 is carried by an operating handle 2, the handle assembly shown being purely illustrative and forming no part of the present invention, but being the subject matter of copending applications S. N. 169,918 filed June 23, 1950, and 'S. N. 210,598 filed February 12, 1951. The handle assembly includes means such as batteries (not shown) for energizing a smal but powerful light bulb or lamp 3 which is disposed towards the distalend l of the blade i, this lamp 3 being received 'in'a longitudinally extended receptacle 3' disposed on one lateral side of the blade -I, the receptacle 3' being directed slightly angularly inward within an opening 3" in one side of the blade to direct the light beam from the lamp 3 interiorly of the blade, as seen in. Figure 2. The lamp 3 is connected with the energizing meansin the handle 2 by an electrical conductor (not shown) which extends through a hollow conduit 5 extending longitudinally along the'outside face of the blade and into the handle assembly 2 at the point of juncturebetween the handleassembly 2 and theblade l, as at 6.

"As is best seen inFigure'3,'the blade "l is substantially elliptical in transverse 'cross section adjacent to the proximal end 7 thereof, this proximal end 1 preferably being flared somewhat about its marginal edge, as at 8. Referring particularly to Figures 2 and i, it will be seen that the upper side of the blade I is closed throughout a portion of its length, as at 9, and the distal portion of the blade is cut back, as at ID, to form a longitudinally inwardly extended and enlarged sight opening. It is to be understood, however, that the sight opening may extend a lesser or greater distance in the direction of the proximal end 1 of the blade I or it may vary in its transverse dimension and/or form as may be required in different types of blades, without departing from the spirit of this invention.

The binocular vision feature of the blade will be most readily understood by reference to the diagrammatic illustration of Figure 4, wherein the eyes of a pathologist or other operator of the instrument are represented at H, the object under observation is designated l2, the line of vision of the operator converging on the object I2 is represented by broken lines, as at I3, and the dimension l4 represents the range of allowable distance that the proximal end I of the blade I may be positioned from the eyes i l of the operator or user for maintaining binocular vision of the object [2. However, the position of the blade I is governed by each individual user or operator according to his own individual pupillary distance or spacing, the relative positions of the eyes H,

the blade I, and the object l2 shown in Figure 4 being illustrative of the positions assumed when the user or operator has a pupillary distance (p. d.) of 62 mm., i. e., the distance between the pupils of his eyes is 62 mm. Thus, it will be seen that the blade I can be moved within the range of allowable distance I4 to accommodate for variations of the pupillary distance of each individual user; i. e., if the pupillary distance is less than 62 mm. the blade should be positioned relatively closer to the eyes of the user, and, conversely, if the pupillary distance is greater than 62 mm. the blade should be positioned relatively farther away from the user.

It has been found that an ideal and completely satisfactory blade is produced when the transverse dimension across the proximal end 1 of the blade I is approximately 3.81 cm., the degree of convergence of the blade I in its longitudinal direction from the proximal end is approximately 3, and the blade is held approximately cm. from the eyes of a user having a pupillary distance of 62 mm.

It is to be understood that the foregoing description of distance and dimensions is not to be construed as limiting the invention to such specific dimensions and distances, but is purely illustrative of one operative form, and these distances and dimensions may be varied as may be desired or required without departing from the spirit thereof.

Furthermore, while the instrument blade of thi invention has been hereinbefore described as being primarily intended for use in diagnostic or in exploratory work, it is not confined to this type of work alone, since it may be readily utilized, in some instances, for purposes of exposing the larynx, pharynx or other portion of the posterior oral cavity for purposes of medication and/or treatment with certain types of instruments which may be inserted into and removed from the instrument blade I without necessitating removal of the blade itself until the treatment is completed.

In use, the blade i is inserted into the patients mouth, with the patient lying in a prone position, and the pathologist or other operator facing the top of the patients head, while pulling the handle 2 toward himself and upwardly until the larynx, pharynx or other portion of the posterior oral cavity being examined and/or treated is exposed at the distal end 4 of the blade I, the lamp 3 projecting its beam through the blade I to brightly illuminate this area. Now, when the operator assumes a position relative to the blade I with his eyes spaced within the range of approximately 20 to 30 cm. from the proximal end of the blade, depending upon his individual pupillary distance, his line of vision will converge and focus with a binocular effect on the object to be observed. It is highly desirable that he be able to view the object with both eyes, since in this manner he has the advantage of depth perception which is unattainable with the conventional forms of instruments of this type. Due to the substantially closed construction of the blade I, none of the soft fleshy tissue of the posterior oral cavity can project into the blade and thus block the vision of the observer.

From the foregoing, it will be apparent to those skilled in the art that I have produced a substantially improved instrument which affords binocular observation of an object under examination, While at the same time, illuminating the object and rendering the same free for certain types of operational or therapeutical operations.

While the foregoing detailed description and accompanying drawing set forth a typically illustrative embodiment embracing the improved features of the invention, it will be apparent that the structural details may be modified from those specifically shown and described without departing from the inventive concept; and accordingly, it will be understood that it is intended and desired to embrace within the scope of the invention such modificatiens and changes a may be necessary to adapt the construction to varying conditions and uses as defined in the appended claims.

I claim:

1. An instrument blade of the class described, having a proximal and a distal end and being adapted to allow binocular vision by the user thereof of a portion of the posterior oral cavity when the distal end of said blade is inserted into said oral cavity and the user looks through said blade with his eyes within a predetermined range of distance from the proximal end of said blade, said blade converging toward the distal end of said blade, and all of said walls together defining a sight passage extended through said blade, said side walls converging at an angle of approximately 3, and the distance between said side walls at the proximal end of said blade being equal to approximately 1.21 cm. per 1 of the angle of convergence of said side walls.

2. An instrument blade of the class described, comprising a longitudinally extended, hollow body, said body being substantially elliptical in transverse cross-section and having a proximal end and a distal end, said body also having opposed side and top and bottom walls defining a sight passage therethrough, said opposed side walls converging toward said distal end at such an angle as to allow binocular observation of an object being observed through said passage when the blade is within a predetermined range of position intermediate said object and the eyes of the user thereof, and said body having an en- 5 larged sight opening formed in one of said walls and extending longitudinally inward from said distal end, an electric lamp receptacle carried by one of said walls and laterally disposed adjacent said distal end, said receptacle being disposed at an angle to the wall by which it is carried and projecting slightly into said sight passage towards said distal end of the body, and an electric conductor-receiving conduit extending from said receptacle to said proximal end of said blade.


References Cited in the file of this patent UNITED STATES PATENTS Name Date De Zeng Dec. 21, 1915 Number 6 Number Name Date 1,551,114 Parson Aug. 25, 1925 2,070,820 Allyn Feb. 16, 1937 FOREIGN PATENTS Number Country Date 375,491 Great Britain June 30, 1932 OTHER REFERENCES 1889 Catalog of Geo. Tiemann 8: Co., New York, p. 205. Pyes Surgical Handicraft, a book issued by The Williams and Wilkins Co., Baltimore, in 1950, pp. 367 and 467. (Copies of these publications in Div. 55.)

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U.S. Classification600/185, 359/480, 359/894
International ClassificationA61B1/267, A61B3/08
Cooperative ClassificationA61B1/267, A61B3/08, A61B1/06
European ClassificationA61B1/267, A61B3/08