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Olympus introduces 3D laparoscopic video system

Designed to reduce surgical errors and improve the speed, accuracy and precision of surgical events

Olympus has released the world’s first 3D HD articulated system for laparoscopic applications following FDA approval. The Endoeye Flex 3D system, which the company claims is the world's only articulating HD 3D laparoscopic platform, is expected to reduce surgical errors and improve the speed, accuracy and precision of surgical events, compared with conventional 2D surgical systems.

“The Olympus HD 3D system is ideal for suturing, accurately identifying tissue planes and other precision surgical tasks that are required in my laparoscopic surgical cases,” said Dr Marcos Michellotti, Assistant Professor of Surgery at Loma Linda University Health System, California. “In addition, the articulating design enables me to obtain the critical view of anatomical structures in HD 3D without losing the important visual horizon. This is not possible with traditional fixed angle laparoscopes.”

The company claims that another significant advantage of the new Olympus HD 3D video platform is its availability as a module that can be easily added to an existing Olympus EVIS EXERA III Universal Imaging System. The modular design reduces the investment necessary to add 3D capability, and allows the surgeon to choose either 2D or 3D visualisation from the surgical field. This helps to reduce capital investments and simplify asset management and training.

3D laparoscopy system

Two charge-coupled device (CCD) image sensors are located at the distal end of the laparoscope to provide the left and right images respectively. These two image signals are processed by a special-purpose video system to generate high-resolution 3D image. This image is then displayed on a 3D monitor and viewed through 3D glasses to provide realistic three-dimensional images.

Olympus EndoEye Flex 3D

According to the company, the 3D images help make surgery faster and more precise by giving a realistic view of the tissue being operated on and providing the viewer with the depth perception that is lacking from conventional 2D image. The greater ease with which the orientation of the needle can be perceived when suturing, for example, should allow the desired location to be sutured with greater speed and accuracy than before.

The tip can be bent up to 100 degrees in four directions, and a one-handed operation of the 3D laparoscope can provide a front view of the tissue being operated on but also other angles, including from behind. This flexibility to view from any angle facilitates surgical techniques that make the most of the space available, even during technically difficult procedures.

“The Olympus HD 3D System brings value to those surgeons that need the precision, resolution, and depth perception of 3D without the substantial capital investment and annual maintenance expenses associated with alternatives such as robotic technology,” said Luke Calcraft, President of the Medical Systems Group at Olympus Corporation of the Americas. “We are leading the way with innovations to help our customers realise the clinical efficacy and cost effectiveness required under Accountable Care.”

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