Center Valley, PA, July 17, 2007- Olympus now offers D-DimerŽ reagent,
along with corresponding calibrators and controls. The reagent is designed for
use on the full line of Olympus AUŽ Series chemistry immuno-analyzers.
The D-Dimer assay provides an important advantage as a negative predictor
of diseases and conditions related to venous thromboembolism, including Deep
Vein Thrombosis (DVT). Use of the D-Dimer assay assists in minimizing further
invasive and more costly imaging examinations for a negative diagnosis. The
clinical sensitivity of the assay is of key importance, since even a slight
decrease in sensitivity can yield a diagnostic result that can have serious
consequences for the patient, who may subsequently not receive appropriate
treatment. In addition, D-Dimer tests are used to monitor the progress and
treatment of Disseminated Intravascular Coagulation (DIC).
According to the American Heart Association, DVT blood clots alone affect
up to two million Americans each year, and complications kill up to 200,000
people in the U.S. annually -- more than breast cancer and AIDS combined.
The ready-to-use D-Dimer reagent is provided in OSR bar-coded cartridges
for the added convenience of on-board reagent management. The reagent features
30-day on-board stability and a 30-day calibration frequency. It is optimized
for use with citrated plasma specimens.
For additional information about Olympus reagents, users can visit the
Olympus web site at www.olympusamerica.com or call the Olympus Diagnostic
Systems Group at 1-800-223-0125.
About Olympus Diagnostic Systems Group
Olympus Diagnostic Systems provides innovative solutions that meet the high
productivity demands of hospitals, integrated healthcare delivery networks,
reference labs, blood banks, physician offices and pharmaceutical labs.
Olympus offers the broadest standardized line of random access chemistry-
immuno analyzers, along with lab automation systems, blood bank analyzers and
reagents. Olympus solutions save laboratories time, maximize productivity,
and deliver fast, reliable results.
Olympus is a precision technology leader, creating innovative opto-digital
solutions in healthcare, life science and consumer electronics products.
Olympus works collaboratively with its customers and its affiliates worldwide
to leverage R&D investment in precision technology and manufacturing processes
across diverse business lines. These include:
- Gastrointestinal endoscopes, accessories, and minimally invasive surgical
- Advanced clinical and research microscopes;
- Lab automation systems, chemistry-immuno and blood bank analyzers and
- Digital cameras and voice recorders.
Olympus serves healthcare and commercial laboratory markets with integrated
product solutions and financial, educational and consulting services that help
customers to efficiently, reliably and more easily achieve exceptional
results. Olympus develops breakthrough technologies with revolutionary
product design and functionality for the consumer and professional photography
markets, and also is the leader in gastrointestinal endoscopy and clinical and educational microscopes. For more information, visit www.olympusamerica.com.