Olympus GI Technology Gets Japanese Innovation Award

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CENTER VALLEY, Pa.—Olympus today announced that its narrow-band imaging technology has been awarded Japan's Prime Minister Prize at the 2011 National Commendation for Invention and Innovation.

The Prime Minister Prize is awarded to scientists and engineers who have made original and outstanding achievements in science and technology, markedly serving the cause of prosperity for humankind.

“Being selected for the Prime Minister Prize at the 2011 National Commendation for Invention is a humbling experience and a privileged opportunity to highlight Olympus’ ongoing commitment to further technological innovation, thereby allowing physicians to enhance patient care,” said Michael C. Woodford, president and COO of Olympus Corporation.

NBI is a real-time, proprietary imaging technology developed by Olympus to enhance the surface of the gastrointestinal tract during endoscopic observation. NBI uses two preselected narrow bands within the white light spectrum known to interact predictably with human tissue. This provides enhanced visual contrast of the surface structure and fine capillary patterns of the mucous membranes, which can sometimes be difficult to distinguish using conventional, white light systems.

“We have found NBI to be an extremely beneficial addition to the tools available for endoscopic diagnosis, treatment and video observation, allowing us to see more,” said Dr. Prateek Sharma, Professor of Medicine.

Physicians can easily toggle between regular white-light endoscopy and NBI imaging at the touch of a button on the scope.

To learn more about Olympus and NBI technology visit: www.olympusamerica.com/NBI .

Source: Olympus

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