Sony Olympus Medical Solutions has brought together the core technologies and expertise of Sony (image sensors, image and signal processing, optical transmission, 4K imaging) and Olympus (medical products R&D, deep understanding of the needs of the medical community) and combined them to create a powerful technological base and image processing system for medical devices. Specifically, Sony Olympus Medical Solutions led R&D for the centerpiece products of the VISERA 4K UHD, including the "eye" of the endoscope - the 4K camera head - and the 4K camera control unit that manages the captured images.
Sony contributed its cutting-edge technology and expertise in 4K and digital imaging. For the 4K camera head, Sony provided its 4K Exmor R™ CMOS image sensor, image and signal processing technologies, and miniaturization technologies, which - taken together - make for very high image clarity and advanced functionality. Sony also led the development of the system's 4K medical monitors and its 4K medical recorder*1. In addition, Sony's 4K image transmission technologies made possible the nearly latent-free delivery of 4K visuals from the endoscope to the monitor.
Olympus, as a complete endoscope solution provider, has long engaged in the development and sale of various types of endoscopes meeting the needs of different surgical procedures. The new VISERA 4K UHD system benefits from Olympus' advanced optics technologies, primarily in its ultra telescope, as well as its 4K xenon light source. Leveraging its expertise in the manufacture of medical equipment and in development technologies, Olympus Medical Systems Corporation, a subsidiary of Olympus, oversaw the entire design and production process for this new system, including its commercialization*2. Furthermore, VISERA 4K UHD will be sold through Olympus' sales channels, as an offering in Olympus' line of surgical endoscopy systems.