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Olympus Launches VISERA 4K UHD System for Improving Visualization up to 4x During ENT Procedures

Light, Color and Resolution Improve Visual Elements Helping Surgeons Operate with Improved Precision and Confidence

Olympus announced today that Big Screen surgery with 4K UHD endoscopy is now available for ear, nose and throat surgeons through the Olympus VISERA 4K UHD System. The only fully integrated 4K imaging chain available for healthcare use, VISERA 4K UHD allows operating room personnel to get closer to the operating field as they view cases live on a 55-inch operative display that magnifies anatomical features to deliver more visual information to the entire surgical team. It delivers four times the resolution of HD with better light and a wider color spectrum, helping surgeons operate with increased precision and confidence.

CENTER VALLEY, Pa., (September 14, 2016) – Olympus, a global technology leader in designing and delivering innovative solutions for medical and surgical procedures, among other core businesses, announced today that the American Urological Association (AUA), together with the Society for Urologic Oncology (SUO), included the Olympus Narrow Band Imaging (NBI) technology in its newly released guidelines for diagnosing and treatment non-muscle invasive bladder cancer (NMIBC).

Olympus, a global technology leader in designing and delivering innovative solutions for medical and surgical procedures, among other core businesses, announced today that Big Screen surgery with 4K UHD endoscopy is now available for ear, nose and throat (ENT) surgeons through the Olympus VISERA 4K UHD System.

VISERA 4K UHD, the first of many products from the Sony Olympus Medical Solutions (SOMED) joint-venture, is a state-of-the-art Big Screen surgical system that Olympus unveiled earlier this year to a broad surgical base. The VISERA 4K UHD System delivers four times the resolution of HD with better light and a wider color spectrum, promising to help surgeons operate with increased precision and confidence.

The only fully integrated 4K imaging chain available for healthcare use, VISERA 4K UHD allows operating room personnel to get closer to the operating field as they view cases live on a 55-inch operative display that magnifies anatomical features to deliver more visual information to the entire surgical team. The VISERA 4K UHD System was created to address unmet needs in surgical imaging by improving the visual elements essential for Sinus surgery – light, color and resolution – via an optimized 4K imaging chain that works seamlessly together to improve visibility.

Among the procedures identified as potentially benefiting from 4K UHD are Skull Base procedures (such as those for the removal of cysts or benign or malignant tumors) and Functional Endoscopic Sinus Surgery (FESS), a surgical treatment of sinusitis and nasal polyps, including bacterial, fungal recurrent, acute and chronic sinus problems. According to Truven Health Analytics Inc., there were more than 4,900,000 sinus procedures performed in the United States per year. Specific to FESS, it is estimated that approximately 552,000 patients undergo the procedures annually in the United States.

“As each specialty confirms the improved experience that Big Screen surgery delivers, we get closer to confirming our predictions that this surgical modality could impact as many as 20 million procedures per year,” said Todd Usen, President, Olympus Medical Systems Group at Olympus Corporation of the Americas. “In the future months, we believe an increasing number of physicians will be excited to see the benefits such technology advancement can bring toward improving quality of care, containing costs and enhancing patient satisfaction.”

Big Screen Surgery with 4K HD for ENT will be demonstrated at the Olympus booth, #1805 at the American Academy of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery (AAO-HNSF) Annual Meeting & OTO EXPO℠ in San Diego, Sept. 18-20. The system will also be available for demonstration at the American Rhinology Society conference Sept. 16-17, also in San Diego. For more information, please contact Olympus customer service at 1-800-848-9024 or visit www.OlympusAmerica.com/4K

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i Data for use in this 2012 study were supplied by Truven Health Analytics Inc., Ann Arbor, Michigan ("Truven Health"). Any analysis, interpretation or conclusion based on these data is solely that of the authors and Truven Health disclaims responsibility for any such analysis, interpretation or conclusion.

ii US Market for ENT and Bronchoscopic Devices Report Suite – 2016, iData Research Inc.