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Virtual Microscope Images Just A Touch Away with Olympus OlyVIA® Mobile iPad® App


CENTER VALLEY, Pa., November 11, 2013 – Researchers and educators who use images captured in the Olympus virtual slide format (.vsi) will soon be able to gain access to their entire library of virtual microscope images from anywhere in the world with a mere tap of the finger, thanks to the new OlyVIA Mobile iPad App, a free download from the Apple Store/iTunes®. The app is designed for use with images captured with Olympus imaging systems, including the Olympus VS120® virtual slide system, and shared with others by using Olympus Net Image ServerSQL v.2.7 software. In addition toVS120 images, any image captured in or converted into the .vsi file format, including images from cellSens® or Stream® software, will be able to be uploaded via Net Image Server and viewed on an iPad.

"With a click, a tap or a finger pinch, users can verify, select, pan, zoom, observe their virtual images at different magnifications" said Pia Rinta-Panttila, product manager at Olympus. “The OlyVIA Mobile application makes the most of both the familiar user-friendliness and portability of the iPad and the extraordinary image quality of the Olympus VS120 system to provide a robust and pleasant user experience.” Users who download the free app will also have access to a library of brilliant, detailed microscope slides – digitally captured brightfield, fluorescence and darkfield virtual specimen images that can be used for demonstration or educational purposes.

The modular Olympus VS120 virtual slide system creates high-resolution digital images of complete microscope specimens that can be stored on a server for simultaneous viewing anywhere in the world, at a range of magnifications. The system is designed to provide outstanding brightfield, darkfield and fluorescence performance, combined with precise color rendition and scanning. The VS120 earned three First Place awards at the biennial International Scanner Contest (ISC) in 2012, in the important categories of Color and Precision, Fluorescence 20x and Fluorescence 40x. The VS120 also earned two awards at the first ISC, which took place in Berlin in 2010.

For more information on the Olympus OlyVIA Mobile iPad app, contact Pia Rinta-Panttila, Olympus America Inc. Email: pia.rinta-panttila@olympus.com, phone 484-896-5292, or users can download OlyVIA Mobile on the App Store on iTunes. (If link does not work, type  https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/olyvia-mobile/id734337403?mt=8&ign-mpt=uo%3D2 into browser).

About Olympus America Inc., Scientific Equipment Group
Olympus America Scientific Equipment Group provides innovative microscope imaging solutions for researchers, doctors, clinicians and educators. Olympus microscope systems offer unsurpassed optics, superior construction and system versatility to meet the ever-changing needs of microscopists, paving the way for future advances in life science.

About Olympus
Olympus is a precision technology leader, designing and delivering innovative solutions in its core business areas: Medical and Surgical Products, Life Science Imaging Systems, Industrial Measurement and Imaging Instruments and Cameras and Audio Products. Olympus works collaboratively with its customers and 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 products;
  • Advanced research, clinical and educational microscopes and research and educational digital imaging systems;
  • Industrial research, engineering, test, inspection and measuring instruments; and
  • Digital cameras and voice recorders.

Olympus serves the healthcare field 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.

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Olympus, OlyVIA, VS, cellSens and Stream are trademarks or registered trademarks of Olympus Corporation, Olympus America Inc. and/or their affiliates.

iPad and iTunes are trademarks of Apple, Inc., registered in the U.S. and other countries.

The Olympus VS120, OlyVIA, Net Image Server, cellSens and Stream are not for clinical diagnostic use in the United States.

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The OlyVIA Mobile iPad App, a free download from the iTunes Store, is designed for use with .vsi images captured with Olympus microscope imaging systems.