Canon Medical and Olympus Collaborate on Endoscopic Ultrasound Systems

Canon Medical Systems and Olympus have reached an agreement on Endoscopic Ultrasound Systems, under which Canon Medical will develop and manufacture Aplio i800 diagnostic ultrasound system used in Endoscopic Ultrasonography (EUS), while Olympus will be responsible for sales and marketing, with the aim of providing the market with advanced EUS equipment capable of delivering high-quality image diagnoses.

The two companies will focus on technological advancements and enhancing diagnostic performance in the field of EUS, with plans for global expansion, starting in Japan and Europe.

Canon Medical Systems has been a leading company in the development of diagnostic ultrasound systems since the 1960s and its strengths lie in the advanced ultrasound image quality and proprietary technologies, such as D-THI, an image quality enhancement technology, and SMI, an imaging technology that enables the delineation of extremely slow and fine blood flow, which has been difficult to image in the past.

Since developing the world’s first practical gastrocamera, Olympus has helped raise the standard of care through early detection, diagnosis and staging, and minimally invasive treatment. In the field of EUS, Olympus has worked closely with physicians to develop new equipment to improve imaging and diagnostic methods and expand procedures, helping to gain and maintain a high share of the global market.

Through this collaboration, the two companies will achieve further qualitative improvements in the quality of images and performance in diagnosis and minimally invasive treatment of EUS, ultimately contributing to facilitate the early detection of diseases.

We have a long history in diagnostic ultrasound systems and are very pleased to collaborate with Olympus, a leading endoscope manufacturer in the EUS field, which we have not been able to cover adequately until now, to deliver superior solutions to more patients,” said Toshio Takiguchi, President and CEO of Canon Medical Systems.

We are pleased to have a cooperative relationship with Canon Medical in the field of EUS, and will continue to introduce products and technology that address the needs of the patients, healthcare professionals, and the broader medical industry,” said Frank Drewalowski, Executive Officer and Head of Endoscopic Solutions Division at Olympus.

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