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Karl Storz, a global endoscopy leader, has announced the expansion of its portfolio to include hyperspectral imaging. To execute this goal, Karl Storz is partnering with Diaspective Vision GmbH from Pepelow in Germany. Diaspective Vision has been specializing in the advancement of multispectral, spectrometer-based, and hyperspectral components and systems for applications in medical technology and the life sciences since 2015.

Diaspective Vision develops camera systems for hyperspectral imaging that can be used to measure perfusion, detect tumors, or support intraoperative imaging. Hyperspectral imaging (HSI) is a noninvasive imaging method that does not require contrast agents, making it the perfect addition to the existing Karl Storz imaging systems.

“We are happy to cooperate with an innovative and highly specialized partner like Diaspective Vision. We believe that this type of imaging is a relevant addition to endoscopic imaging since it offers surgeons important additional intraoperative information that can specifically improve diagnosis and treatment in various fields of application”, said Dr. Knut Siercks, Global Vice President of Global Innovation Management at Karl Storz.

According to iData Research, a leading medical market research intelligence company, the adoption of 4K-capable devices in the operating room has stimulated significant growth in the integrated operating room market. Hospitals are investing in this technology earlier than anticipated, in order to future proof their operating rooms, which has resulted in unexpectedly high growth rates for 4K surgical displays and camera systems. While the majority of competitors in the integrated operating room market offer 4K surgical displays, only two companies, Olympus and Arthrex, currently offer 4K camera systems. As the remainder of the integration companies continue to release their own iterations of 4K camera systems, the HD installed base will continue to be replaced with 4K equivalents.

Existing HSI systems will be added to the Karl Storz portfolio, and Diaspective Vision is looking forward to the joint development of future products as well. “By partnering with Karl Storz, we have laid the perfect foundation for combining the vast experience of Karl Storz as a pioneer in endoscopy with our specialized knowledge of hyperspectral imaging. This is a win-win situation for both companies in our effort to continue establishing the field of hyperspectral imaging to optimize patient care”, explains Dr. Axel Kulcke, CEO of Diaspective Vision.

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