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Olympus Introduces HDTV Gastroscope with Auxiliary Water Channel

New Slim-Diameter Gastroscope Ensures Smooth Insertion and Offers a 2.8 mm Instrument Channel for Procedural Flexibility

CENTER VALLEY, Pa., February 24, 2010 –Olympus, a precision technology leader designing and delivering innovative solutions in Medical and Surgical products among other core business areas, today introduced a 9.9-millimeter gastroscope that delivers HDTV image quality and Narrow Band Imaging (NBI). The new scope, the GIF-H180J model, is intended for upper gastrointestinal screening, diagnostic and therapeutic procedures. Its notable new feature, an auxiliary water channel, flushes away blood, mucus and other debris inside the upper gastrointestinal tract, helping to ensure a clear view at all times. Combined with the optional OFP Flushing pump, the GIF-H180J allows for faster, more convenient irrigation of the visual field.

To ensure smooth insertion, the outside diameter of the GIF-H180J measures 9.9 mm both at the distal end and insertion tube. There is a 2.8 mm diameter instrument channel inside the scope that is wide enough to accommodate various EndoTherapy devices. This new scope boasts four-way angulation (210° up, 90° down, and 100° right/left) and an extra-wide 140° field of view to enable a comprehensive examination of the upper gastrointestinal tract. Its ergonomically-designed grip enhances scope maneuverability, while easy-to-access knobs and user-selectable switches improve operability.

The GIF-H180J contains three features that enhance the observation of capillary and mucosal structures when used singly or in combination. The HDTV-compatible CCD chip delivers the sharpest possible images to help physicians provide accurate screenings and diagnoses of the upper GI tract, while NBI capabilities offer enhanced observation. Its improved Close Focus optical system eliminates the need for electronic magnification. A close-up image can be obtained by moving the scope tip as close as 2 mm from the site.

The new gastroscope also contains a Scope ID function that stores individual scope information in the built-in memory chip and displays the data on the monitor, facilitating endoscopy suite management and making the scope ready for next-generation system expansion.

The GIF-H180J is competitively priced and is now available for quotation and ordering. For more information, please visit www.olympusamerica.com.

About Olympus Medical Systems Group
Olympus is transforming the future of healthcare by advancing less invasive procedures. Olympus, which incorporates surgical market leader Gyrus ACMI, provides knowledge and solutions in advanced diagnostic and therapeutic endoscopy, early-stage cancer evaluation and treatment, and innovative, less invasive surgical procedures. Olympus is dedicated to developing solutions for customers that help provide earlier detection, improved outcomes and enhanced quality of life for patients.

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 Testing 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 clinical 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.