US 9,813,688 B2
Endoscope system, white balance adjustment method therefor, and image processing apparatus for endoscope
Kyoko Honda, Tokyo (JP); Yugo Koizumi, Yokohama (JP); and Mai Ojima, Tokyo (JP)
Assigned to OLYMPUS CORPORATION, Tokyo (JP)
Filed by OLYMPUS CORPORATION, Hachioji-shi, Tokyo (JP)
Filed on Dec. 7, 2016, as Appl. No. 15/371,351.
Application 15/371,351 is a continuation of application No. PCT/JP2015/066624, filed on Jun. 9, 2015.
Claims priority of application No. 2014-124697 (JP), filed on Jun. 17, 2014.
Prior Publication US 2017/0085851 A1, Mar. 23, 2017
Int. Cl. A61B 1/00 (2006.01); A61B 1/04 (2006.01); H04N 9/73 (2006.01); G02B 23/24 (2006.01); A61B 1/045 (2006.01)
CPC H04N 9/73 (2013.01) [A61B 1/00009 (2013.01); A61B 1/00057 (2013.01); A61B 1/04 (2013.01); A61B 1/045 (2013.01); G02B 23/24 (2013.01); H04N 9/735 (2013.01)] 5 Claims
OG exemplary drawing
 
1. An endoscope system comprising:
an electronic endoscope that obtains an image of an inside of a subject and stores first information, in a memory of the electronic endoscope, including white balance data based on a combination of information from an older-generation image processing apparatus and an older-generation light source apparatus previously used together with the electronic endoscope;
a newer-generation light source apparatus that emits light to irradiate the subject; and
a newer-generation image processing apparatus that: (i) connects to the electronic endoscope, (ii) processes the image of the subject, and (iii) includes one or more processors programmed to:
store second information, in a memory of the newer-generation image processing apparatus, including white balance correction data corresponding to the newer-generation image processing apparatus and the newer-generation light source apparatus; and
correct and adjust the white balance of the image obtained by the electronic endoscope based on corresponding data included in the first information and the second information, such that the electronic endoscope operates with the newer-generation image processing apparatus and the newer-generation light source apparatus by providing the first information stored in the memory of the electronic endoscope from the older-generation image processing apparatus and the older-generation light source apparatus previously used with the electronic endoscope.