Surgical Endoscopy System

Development of a Surgical Endoscopy System

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Sony, Olympus, and Sony Olympus Medical Solutions Collaborated in the Development of a Surgical Endoscopy System that Supports 4K, 3D and Infrared (IR) Imaging Features

Sony Corporation, Olympus Corporation, and Sony Olympus Medical Solutions Inc., a joint-venture company by Sony and Olympus announced today that the three companies have developed a surgical endoscopy system that offers surgical visualization features including 4K, 3D, infrared (IR) imaging above and NBI (Narrow Band Imaging) . This system will be sold by Olympus in Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA), parts of Asia, Oceania, and Japan as the “VISERA ELITE III”. 

This is the third product developed through this collaboration, following the 2015 launch of the VISERA 4K UHD, a surgical endoscopy system equipped with 4K technology, and the 2017 release of the ORBEYE, a surgical microscope system that incorporates 4K and 3D imaging technology. VISERA ELITE III is to be used in endoscopic surgery for the resection and removal of tumors and lesions, including cancer. The process involves the insertion of a surgical endoscope together with other special-purpose devices such as energy devices or hand instruments. 

VISERA ELITE III features Sony’s cutting-edge digital imaging technology enhanced by leading endoscope manufacturer Olympus’ expertise in manufacturing medical equipment and understanding the need of medical facilities. Sony Olympus Medical Solutions has leveraged these capabilities to develop the system’s essential technologies and to optimize medical device image processing. Not only does the system enable use of 4K, 3D, IR imaging, NBI observation modes, and further options to meet surgeons’ needs, it is also compatible with Olympus’ existing rigid scopes, flexible scopes, and camera heads. Furthermore, the system software can be upgraded allowing for additional functions, and the system as a whole can be used in a wide range of clinical areas including general surgery, urology, gynecology, and Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT) surgery. 

Collaborations between Sony and Olympus – including those involving Sony Olympus Medical Solutions – are branded with the logo “Innovation by Sony & Olympus.” 

Source: Sony Corporation

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