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Olympus Introduces The EZ-Shot Disposable Needle

- The only single-use needle for EUS-guided FNA designed specifically for use with Olympus CLA echoendoscopes

ORLANDO, FL, May 18, 2003 --- Olympus Optical Co., Ltd., Tokyo, today announces the launch of EZ-Shot, the only single-use needle for EUS-guided FNA designed specifically for use with Olympus CLA echoendoscopes.

Because the EZ-Shot disposable needle is designed by the same company that designed the Olympus CLA echoendoscope, users can be assured of compatibility and optimal performance. There's less chance of damage to the endoscope channel, equipment downtime is reduced, and the life of the endoscope is protected.

EZ-Shot comes pre-assembled and sterilized and has a dimpled tip design for excellent needle visibility. EZ-Shot also features an adjustable needle projection (up to 8.0cm) with a locking mechanism for added safety. Clinical evaluations have shown that in most cases, the EZ-Shot disposable needle performed better than the market leader.

About Olympus
Olympus Optical Co., Ltd., with its wholly-owned subsidiaries, is a global leader in developing new technologies and designing, manufacturing and marketing optical-digital product solutions for health care and consumer segments. The company leverages R&D investment in technology and manufacturing processes across diverse business lines that include:

  • minimally invasive diagnostic and surgical endoscopes
  • advanced clinical and research microscopes
  • chemistry-immuno analyzers and lab automation systems
  • digital and film cameras, and digital voice recorders
In the U.S. and Canada, Olympus America Inc. serves health care, scientific and commercial laboratory markets with integrated product solutions and financial and other service offerings and is the leading brand in gastrointestinal endoscopy and clinical and educational microscopes. The company's market-leading consumer camera products and services business spans North and South America. Olympus America Inc. works collaboratively with its customers and parent company to develop state-of-the-art products and services that are innovative, intelligent, and easy to use.