Sony, Olympus, and Sony Olympus Medical Solutions Collaborated in the Development of a Surgical Endoscopy System that Supports 4K, 3D and Infrared (IR) Imaging Features

September 14, 2022

Tokyo, Japan – September 14, 2022 – Sony Corporation, Olympus Corporation, and Sony Olympus Medical Solutions Inc., a joint-venture company by Sony and Olympus announced today that the three companies have developed a surgical endoscopy system that offers surgical visualization features including 4K, 3D, infrared (IR) imaging and NBI (Narrow Band Imaging) . This system will be sold by Olympus in Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA), parts of Asia, Oceania, and Japan as the “VISERA ELITE III” in September 2022 or later.

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Infrared imaging is a special light observation function for observing the fluorescence generated by administering a fluorescent agent called indocyanine green (ICG) and by applying near-infrared light (light with a wavelength of 700-780 nm).

NBI (Narrow band imaging) is an imaging technique for examining features such as the small blood vessels in mucosa and the surface patterns. NBI highlights tissue by illuminating it with two narrow bands (wavelengths) of light that are absorbed by the hemoglobin in blood.

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