Olympus Medical wins FDA clearance for HD 3D surgical system

April 25, 2013 by Sony Salzman

The FDA clears Olympus for its high definition 3D video imaging system for laparoscopic surgery.


Olympus (PINK:OCPNY) won 510(k) clearance for its Articulating HD 3D laparoscopic surgical video system, which provides an additional 3D option to the company's Evis Exera III imaging system.

The Center Valley, Pa.-based company said the 3D capability can be added with minimal capital investment and training because it is being offered as a module that can be incorporated into current technology. The new 3D visualization is intended to improve surgeon precision and speed during laparoscopy procedures.

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"The Olympus HD 3D system is ideal for suturing, accurately identifying tissue planes and other precision surgical tasks that are required in my laparoscopy surgical cases," said Marcos Michellotti, assistant surgical professor at Loma Linda University Health System, in prepared remarks. "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."