Olympus released a new laparoscopic surgical video system that provides 3D HD visualization of the surgical field. This is the world’s first 3D HD articulated system for laparoscopic applications, offering capabilities similar to those only found in robotic systems such as the da Vinci S HD from Intuitive Surgical.
Depth perception is an important consideration when working in small spaces, and tasks like suturing using laparoscopic instruments is already similar to juggling without essentially having to do it with one eye closed. By offering surgeons a more natural stereo visualization of the scene, it is hoped that laparoscopic procedures can be done faster and safer.
“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 in Loma Linda, 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.”
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 visualization from the surgical field. This helps to reduce capital investments and simplify asset management and training.
“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 realize the clinical efficacy and cost effectiveness required under Accountable Care.”