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October 13, 2005
Olympus Launches High-resolution Capsule Endoscope in Europe
-The capsule endoscope system for small bowel
which allows real time observation-
External view of Capsule Endoscope Recorder Unit(left),Antenna Lead Set(right),Real Time Viewer(center)
External view of the Capsule Endoscope  
Recorder Unit(left)
Antenna Lead Set(right)
Real Time Viewer(center)
Olympus Medical Systems Corporation (head office:Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo) is pleased to announce the launch of a high-resolution capsule endoscope for small bowel investigation called the OLYMPUS CAPSULE ENDOSCOPE SYSTEM “Endo Capsule”. It will go on sale in Europe from 24th October.
The OLYMPUS CAPSULE ENDOSCOPE SYSTEM “Endo Capsule” will be exhibited at the upcoming 13th United European Gastroenterology Week ( UEGW ) , which is due to be held in Copenhagen, Denmark during Oct 15-19th .
Product Background
Olympus aim is to contribute to the advancement of safe,reliable and efficient medical observation and treatment. Since the early 1990s, by applying micro-machine technology, nanotechnology and other advanced technologies, Olympus has been conducting research and development activities into capsule endoscopy as a future technology.
In December 2004 Olympus exhibited basic capsule endoscope technologies, as well as additional future technologies at its “85th Anniversary Technology Fair” in Japan. Keen interest shown by visitors indicated that there is a large expectation for the practical contribution of a capsule endoscope equipped with technologies developed by the leading endoscope manufacturer. In answering to such requests Olympus will make the high-resolution capsule endoscope commercially available, starting in Europe, where preparations to meet regulatory requirements have been completed. The first Olympus capsule endoscope will be used to examine the small bowel, which is difficult to reach with conventional endoscopes. Equipped with high resolution imaging and micro-machine technology , the Olympus capsule endoscope will help to observe abnormalities in small bowel.
1.   High resolution imaging based on technology evolved from our well-established endoscopy systems
a.   Automatic Brightness Control
Automatic Brightness Control, applied from conventional endoscope technology, adjusts illumination to maintain optimal imaging, even under the most demanding conditions.
b.   Small body (diameter:11mm, length:26mm) equipped with sophisticated micromachine technology
Sensitive, high resolution CCD technology provides clear and vivid imaging.
A wide depth of field (0-20mm*) provides optimal observation.
6 white LED lights ensure a clear field of view.
A built-in capsule antenna transmits two images per second to the recorder unit via the antenna. Recorded images can be obtained for approximately 8 hours*.
* Based on the measurement method used by Olympus
1.   World first real-time observation: promotes more reliable and productive examinations Real-time observation
Before a patient swallows the capsule, a medical practitioner can check if the capsule is operating correctly.
With the “Real Time Viewer” with display in hand, a physician can confirm a real time imaging recorded by the capsule endoscope and then estimate the capsule position in GI tract during the procedure.
Real Time Viewer
Real Time Viewer

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