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Valley’s Olympus helps to create big-screen surgery, an industry first

An electronics industry titan and a leading global developer and manufacturer of surgical endoscopy products have developed an innovation that is giving an unparalleled vision inside the human body.

An electronics industry titan and a leading global developer and manufacturer of surgical endoscopy products have developed an innovation that is giving an unparalleled vision inside the human body.

They’re doing so with a 55-inch big-screen imaging system that allows entire surgical teams to have an immersive experience.

The only one of its kind in the health care industry and the first product by Sony Olympus Medical Solutions Inc. – the 2013 joint venture of Sony Corp. and Olympus Corp. – Visera 4K UHD is delivering four times the resolution of high definition and could be revolutionary. The partners say it could be used during as many as 20 million minimally invasive surgeries a year.

Last month, Olympus Corp. of the Americas of Upper Saucon Township unveiled Visera 4K’s video-based surgical technology at the Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons’ 2016 Annual Meeting in Boston. Commercial planning, operational logistics and supply chain management for the 4K United States launch are based at Olympus Corp. of the Americas in Upper Saucon Township.

Visera 4K provides optimal visibility and clarity during surgery; the technology produces live video images on a big screen that allow the surgical team to watch and be engaged in the procedure in real time and up close.

Visera 4K UHD uses 4K resolution to deliver images with better light and a wider color spectrum, seeking to help surgeons operate with increased precision and confidence.

“The color and contrast in the Olympus 4K image provides superb clarity, unlike any operative video image I have seen before,” said Dr. Ninh Nguyen, professor and interim chair of the Department of Surgery at the University of California Irvine Medical Center and the first surgeon in the U.S. to use the system.

The only fully-integrated 4K imaging-chain available for health care use, Visera 4K UHD gets surgical personnel closer to the operating field with a big-screen display that magnifies anatomical features to deliver more visual information.

Visera 4K UHD can be used to enhance minimally invasive surgery, including in general surgery, gastroenterology, gynecology, thoracic and urology.

In 2015, the product was approved by the national Food and Drug Administration, and for about a month has been in use. So far, the feedback that Olympus has received has been positive.

Jennifer Glose
Reporter Jennifer Glose covers health care, Berks County and other topics. She can be reached at jenniferg@lvb.com or 610-807-9619, ext. 111.

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