Olympus Raises Capsule Endoscopy Stakes with “Next Generation” Offering

It’s Digestive Disease (DDW) 2014 this week in Chicago, IL. and Olympus has chosen the event at which to launch its newly cleared “next-generation” ENDOCAPSULE 10 System for small bowel capsule endoscopy procedures.


Disorders of the small bowel include chronic constipation or diarrhea, bleeding, infections, cancers, ulcers, obstructions, celiac and Crohn’s disease, and irritable bowel syndrome among others.

Possibly the biggest leaps forward in recent years have taken the form of capsule endoscopes which have helped physicians better detect and treat small bowel disorders at earlier stages.

Given Imaging, developer of the Pillcam family, and recently acquired by Covidien, is probably the most highly publicized capsule endoscope player. However Japan-based giant, Olympus has its own offering and is now launching an update, following receipt of FDA 510(k) clearance.

Olympus says the ENDOCAPSULE 10 System features its own advanced lens technology and sensitive, high-resolution image sensor technology to provide clear and vivid imaging results for fine observation of a variety of abnormalities in the small bowel. The capsule’s 160° field of view claims to see 10% more mucosa than the other capsule endoscopy products featuring a 145° field of view. In addition, the new system offers a long 12-hour battery life to maximize the amount of images taken and improve exam completion rates.

Intelligent software built into the system simplifies the reading and analysis of the captured imagery, automatically detects images that require closer inspection and indicates where each thumbnail image was captured to determine location of any detected abnormalities. A 3D tracking function allows the system to display the capsule position inside the body to check its progress as it moves through the intestine.

The system also features improvements that increase ease of use for clinicians and patients. The recorder unit is now lighter, more compact and more comfortable to wear with an improved harness and an antenna that can be worn over clothes rather than applied directly to the skin. The recorder allows quick initialization by the clinician and allows image to be viewed in real time or via download later to the system’s workstation.

Company comments

“The new ENDOCAPSULE 10 System offers advanced, minimally invasive technology designed to improve diagnostic capabilities, procedural efficiency and patient comfort,” said Luke Calcraft, President of the Medical Systems Group at Olympus Corporation of the Americas. “The system can help facilities fulfill the requirements of healthcare reform aimed at improving quality of care, decreasing costs and enhancing patient satisfaction.”

Source: Olympus Corporation, PR Newswire

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