Olympus, a global technology company specializing in designing and delivering innovative solutions for medical and surgical procedures, among other core businesses, announced that Big Screen surgery with 4K UHD endoscopy is now available for ear, nose and throat (ENT) surgeons through the Olympus VISERA 4K UHD System.
VISERA 4K UHD, the first of many products from the Sony Olympus Medical Solutions (SOMED) joint-venture, is a state-of-the-art Big Screen surgical system that Olympus unveiled earlier this year to a broad surgical base. The VISERA 4K UHD System delivers four times the resolution of HD with better light and a wider color spectrum, promising to help surgeons operate with increased precision and confidence.
The only fully integrated 4K imaging chain available for healthcare use, VISERA 4K UHD allows operating room personnel to get closer to the operating field as they view cases live on a 55-in. operative display that magnifies anatomical features to deliver more visual information to the entire surgical team.
The VISERA 4K UHD System was created to address unmet needs in surgical imaging by improving the visual elements essential for Sinus surgery—light, color and resolution—through an optimized 4K imaging chain that works seamlessly together to improve visibility.
Among the procedures identified as potentially benefiting from 4K UHD are Skull Base procedures (such as those for the removal of cysts or benign or malignant tumors) and Functional Endoscopic Sinus Surgery (FESS), a surgical treatment of sinusitis and nasal polyps, including bacterial, fungal recurrent, acute and chronic sinus problems.
According to Truven Health Analytics, there were more than 4,900,000 sinus procedures performed in the U.S. per year. Specific to FESS, it is estimated that approximately 552,000 patients undergo the procedures annually in the U.S.
“As each specialty confirms the improved experience that Big Screen surgery delivers, we get closer to confirming our predictions that this surgical modality could impact as many as 20 million procedures per year,” said Todd Usen, president of Olympus Medical Systems Group. “In the future months, we believe an increasing number of physicians will be excited to see the benefits such technology advancement can bring toward improving quality of care, containing costs and enhancing patient satisfaction.”