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OLYMPUS UNVEILS INNOVATIVE LINE OF ENDOSCOPES AT DIGESTIVE DISEASE WEEK
180 Series of Gastroscopes and Colonoscopes Enhances Diagnosis and Efficiency

Chicago, IL, May 16, 2005 - Olympus, a precision technology leader in designing and delivering innovative solutions in healthcare and consumer electronics worldwide, unveiled four endoscopes from its new 180 series that provide enhanced diagnostic capabilities, as well as improved efficiency and patient turn-around time. The endoscopes, which feature superior optics, slimmer designs, and easier handling, were presented at Digestive Disease Week, at McCormick Place in Chicago, May 15-19.

The CF-Q180A wide-angle video colonoscope provides an unprecedented 170-degree field of view. This allows physicians to see more, search less and effectively shorten examination times.

“Having worked with Olympus’ new CF-Q180[A] wide-angle colonosope for a good number of months, I realized it led to about a 15% reduction in examination time, particularly shortening the withdrawal phase of colonoscopy,” stated Douglas K. Rex, M.D., Professor of Medicine, Indiana University School of Medicine and Director of Endoscopy, Indiana University Hospital. “Efficiency is a big issue right now in endoscopy units across the country, and until the CF-Q180[A], there had not been many ways to gain efficiency during the colonoscopy procedure itself.”

Richard I. Rothstein, M.D., Section Chief, Gastroenterology and Hepatology, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, New Hampshire added, “I have used the CF-Q180[A] for almost two years, and I am impressed that it allows me to see around the corners, giving me a better idea where I’m heading and where I’ve been. I also found the scope requires less torque, which is more comfortable for me to do colonoscopies, and allows me to be more efficient and do more procedures. The new scope feels similar to Olympus’ 160 series while offering 30 degrees of extra peripheral view and improved optics.”

The GIF-N180 gastroscope, with its super slim 4.9mm diameter insertion tube and 2.0mm working channel, offers unprecedented flexibility. Both transoral and transnasal intubation can each be performed with this gastroscope without the use of sedation.

“The GIF-N180 definitely is a milestone in development of endoscopic technology,” commented Charles J. Lightdale, Professor of Clinical Medicine, College of Physicians and Surgeons, Columbia University Medical Center in New York. “It is the first thin endoscope I have ever seen that really is a complete endoscope. It has the kind of beautiful color image we expect from Olympus, and a biopsy channel allowing tissue diagnosis. It also has a wonderful feel and is very thin, minimizing patient discomfort. The [GIF-]N180 leads to savings for the hospital due to shorter recovery times and the ability to cut down on sedative medications. For patients, it means less time away from work, and if no sedative is used, there is no need to have somebody drive them to the hospital.”

Other highlights in the 180 series include the PCF-Q180A colonoscope and the GIF-Q180 gastroscope. The PCF-Q180 colonoscope delivers high-resolution and full-screen image quality previously available only from larger diameter colonoscopes. It also features a convenient, use-on-demand, auxiliary water jet that facilitates cleaning of the inside surface (mucosa) of the colon for unobstructed visualization, eliminating the need for the more time consuming, manual syringe method.

The GIF-Q180 gastroscope provides improved insertion capability for a wide range of upper GI procedures. It measures just 8.8 mm in diameter, which is significantly smaller (by approximately 10%) than its predecessor, while still providing the same full-screen image quality and enhanced control.

ABOUT OLYMPUS
Olympus is a precision technology leader, designing and delivering innovative solutions in healthcare and consumer electronics worldwide.

Olympus works collaboratively with its customers and its parent company, Tokyo-based Olympus Corporation, to leverage R&D investment in precision technology and manufacturing processes across diverse business lines.

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  • Gastrointestinal endoscopes, accessories, and minimally invasive surgical products;
  • Advanced clinical and research microscopes;
  • Lab automation systems, chemistry-immuno and blood bank analyzers and reagents;
  • Digital and film cameras and digital voice recorders.

In the U.S. and Canada, Olympus serves healthcare and commercial laboratory markets with integrated product solutions and financial, educational and consulting services that help customers efficiently, reliably, safely, and easily achieve superior results. Olympus is the leader in gastrointestinal endoscopy and clinical and educational microscopes. The company's market leading consumer electronics business spans North and South America. For more information, visit www.olympusamerica.com

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