4K ‘Big Screen’ surgery from Olympus comes to Africa

Setting a new benchmark - VISERA 4K UHD System provides four times higher resolution than HD

Johannesburg, South Africa, June 7, 2017: If medical practitioners in Africa are looking for 4K ultra high definition big screen laparoscopic surgery, Olympus Corporation has the right product – VISERA 4K UHD Endoscopy System.

The VISERA 4K UHD delivers images in 4K resolution (4096 x 2180 pixels), providing four times more image information than Full HD.

Olympus Corporation’s cutting-edge imaging technology is being displayed at Africa Health, which runs from 7 - 9 June 2017 at the Gallagher Convention Centre in Johannesburg in South Africa.

“Africa is the world’s next growth area. We are part of it and are here to assist in the development of its medical sector,” says Maurice Faber, Regional Managing Director of Olympus Middle East and Africa (MEA).

“We are convinced that 4K UHD technology is the new benchmark in surgical endoscopy. It is our endeavor to bring the latest and best in medical technology to Africa to even better support medical practitioners in their challenging and high-precision work, and thereby to help improve clinical outcomes and the quality of life for patients,” Faber pointed out.

VISERA 4K UHD Endoscopy System - Key Features

Ultra-High Definition: The Sony Exmor R™ CMOS image sensor in the camera head of the VISERA 4K UHD produces detailed, low-noise images. The one-touch autofocus feature delivers sharp pictures on the surgeon’s screen at the push of a button.

The system incorporates a UHDtelescope with an extra low dispersion lens that reduces chromatic aberration caused by light dispersion at the visible edge. This ensures that the system will consistently provide incredibly sharp depictions in true colors, even on the fringes of the visible edge.

Wider Color Gamut: 4K provides surgeons with finer color calibration possibilities by broadening the range of color reproduction compared by a factor of 64 to predecessor models featuring Full HD technology.

An enlarged color spectrum encompassing around one billion colors is now reality.

The system improves the visibility of edges and fine details of delicate tissue, such as blood and lymphatic vessels and nerves. Above all, the richer reproduction of reds assists surgeons in ensuring that incisions are even more accurate.

Magnified Visualization: A 55-inch screen provides a truly immersive environment and displays the razor-sharp images being transmitted from the endoscope in 4K Ultra HD brilliance. The magnified visualization function allows the surgeon to use the telescope fitted to the VISERA 4K UHD even at some distance from the part of the body being operated on, while still delivering high-resolution sharp images.

Key Benefits of VISERA 4K UHD

  • Ultra-High Definition: Improves visibility and allows more precise and safe surgery. Provides four times more information than conventional Full HD
  • Wider Color Gamut: Realizes rich color reproduction and provides suitable colors for each
  • Clinical Excellence: Enables easier determination of tissue boundaries (fat, nerves, vessels, etc.). Better visualization of blood vessels and lesions due to high range of red color reproduction
  • Big Screen Surgery: Improves visibility and operability with a large screen and electronic zoom. Reduces “sword fighting” of hand instruments and prevents mist and smoke. Allows surgeons to observe fine patterns and structures of tissues in the body in extreme detail even when enlarged

Joint Venture

VISERA 4K UHD was developed by Sony Olympus Medical Solutions, a medical joint venture between Olympus and the Sony Corporation, which was founded in 2013.

4K camera head

VISERA 4K UHD screen

For more product information: www.olympus.eu/4K 

About Olympus MEA:

Olympus Middle East & Africa (MEA) is the regional organisation of the Olympus Corporation, Tokyo. Olympus MEA forms part of Olympus Europa, which is responsible for both the European and Middle East & Africa regions.  The MEA organisation reflects the Olympus strategy of being as close and as focused as possible on the regional markets. As a worldwide leading manufacturer of optical and digital precision technology, Olympus provides innovative solutions for state-of-the-art medical systems, digital cameras as well as scientific solutions. The company’s award-winning products are instrumental in detecting, preventing and healing illness, driving scientific research and documenting life with artistic freedom. In the hands of its customers, Olympus’ high-tech products help to make people’s lives healthier, safer and more fulfilling. The Olympus Corporation had a sales turnover in 2015/16 of Yen 804.6 billion (Euro 6.1 billion based on average currency rate of financial year 2015/16) and employs 33,000 people worldwide.


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