Olympus has announced that it has launched a new line of five premium, single-use endoscopes for use in advanced diagnostic and therapeutic procedures.

According to Olympus, the development of the H-SteriScope portfolio was part of a collaboration between Olympus subsidiary Veran Medical Technologies and Hunan Vathin Medical Instrument Co.

The announcement follows a statement from Olympus in November 2019, within which it vowed to create premium single-use endoscopes to complement its current product portfolio and provide improved workflow.

The five new products have been specifically designed to aid with tissue biopsy, retrieval of foreign bodies and other advanced procedures. They have also been constructed to help clinicians target, diagnose and treat patients more effectively. They have subsequently been rated higher than current single-use flexible bronchoscopes for scope quality, image quality, manoeuvrability, handling, tool interaction, and overall assessment.

Commenting on the launch of the new bronchoscopes, Lynn Ray, Vice President and General Manager of the Global Respiratory Business Unit for Olympus Corporation said: "We are very excited to launch our first line of single-use bronchoscopes."

"These premium disposable bronchoscopes give physicians flexibility and choice when convenience and portability are critical factors in care. Adding them to our already robust bronchoscopy portfolio aids physicians in achieving faster transitions to diagnosis and treatment for patients."

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