LAS VEGAS, September 21, 2011 – Contributing to overall vision care, Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging, announces its CR-2 PLUS Digital Non-mydriatic Retinal Camera, which has received 510(k) clearance from the Food and Drug Administration, 1 at Vision Expo West 2011 at the Sands Expo and Convention Center in Las Vegas. Complementing Canon's acclaimed CR-2 Digital Non-Mydriatic Retinal Camera, CR-2 PLUS Retinal Camera offers Fundus Autofluorescence (FAF) photography, which monitors macular waste materials, including lipofuscin which can accumulate in the Retinal Pigment Epithelial (RPE) layer. In addition to the CR-2 PLUS, visitors can explore the Company's current full line of ophthalmic solutions at the Canon booth (MS11043).
Weighing approximately 44 pounds, the compact and lightweight Canon CR-2 PLUS Retinal Camera delivers both red-free and cobalt digital filters that are useful in evaluating the vascular and nerve fiber layers. The CR-2 PLUS also features a dedicated 18-megapixel EOS camera technology that has been specifically adapted to capture detailed diagnostic images of the retina. The low-flash intensity of the CR-2 PLUS minimizes pupil constriction and shortens the time required for taking multiple pictures including stereo photography.
The Canon CR-2 PLUS Digital Non-Mydriatic Retinal Camera features an ergonomic design and optional hard shell travel case to protect the unit for transport, making it a mobile retinal imaging solution. The control panel's simplified design can be easily handled by a trained examiner. The camera can be operated using one hand to move the joystick to position the camera to the desired field of view. In darkly lit rooms, the operation panel illuminates for easier navigation. The CR-2 PLUS also utilizes Canon's Retinal Imaging Control Software (RICS), which allows images to be captured, processed and sent to a permanent storage database as DICOM®2 or JPEG files. The images can also be printed.
"Comprehensive eye exams can not only help detect vision problems, they can also reveal the warning signs of more serious undiagnosed health problems such as Age-Related Macular Degeneration (AMD), hypertension, cardiovascular disease and diabetes," said Tsuneo Imai, senior director and general manager, Medical Systems Division, Canon U.S.A. "Fully committed to overall health care, Canon is pleased to preview the CR-2 PLUS Digital Non-Mydriatic Retinal Camera and the Company's entire line of ophthalmic devices at this year's Vision Expo West to help eye-care professionals easily and efficiently detect and monitor ocular conditions and help sufficiently reduce the risks of eye disorders."
The Canon TX-20 Full Auto Tonometer3, which is awaiting FDA clearance, is a non-contact tonometer that is compact and lightweight at approximately 33 pounds, making it easy to transport and install. With soft air puffs, the TX-20 tonometer easily measures Intraocular Pressure (IOP) which allows doctors to perform simple eye exams efficiently and enhances patient comfort. This test is important in evaluating ocular conditions that affect the pressure inside of an eye, such as glaucoma. Whenever high IOP is detected, a warning message is displayed. The operator can enter any threshold value on the unit's settings screen to activate the warning system for that value. When running the TX-20 tonometer in Full Auto mode, operation is halted when the threshold is exceeded. The TX-20 tonometer can automatically move over to the opposite eye to perform the same function or can be operated manually.
The Canon CX-1 Hybrid Digital Mydriatic/Non-Mydriatic Retinal Camera is the Company's first fully hybrid digital retinal camera with both mydriatic and non-mydriatic modes. With one touch, the operator can automatically switch between modes effortlessly utilizing different functions within seconds and performing several concurrent ocular tests. The CX-1 allows the user to take Color, Red-Free, Cobalt Fluorescein Angiography and Fundus Auto Fluorescence (FAF) photography in a standard configuration for both mydriatic and non-mydriatic modes. Using the non-mydriatic mode not only saves time and resources, it can also make the diagnostic procedure more comfortable for the patient.
The Canon CR-2 Digital Non-Mydriatic Retinal Camera has a compact and lightweight (approximately 33 pounds) design, resulting in an intuitive instrument that is easy to use and install. The CR-2 takes up minimal office space or, for added convenience, can be easily transported when needed. Contributing to a lower total-cost-of-ownership, the CR-2's energy-efficient design with white LED flash intensity improves maintenance and uses less power, helping to reduce energy costs in medical facilities. The low-flash intensity minimizes pupil constriction, shortening the time required for taking multiple pictures including stereo photography. The CR-2's small pupil mode has a 3.3mm diameter that contributes to efficient screening and assists when a patient's pupil is difficult to dilate. The auto exposure function optimizes image brightness without having to manually set the observation light and flash intensity.
Canon U.S.A., Inc., is a leading provider of consumer, business-to-business, and industrial digital imaging solutions. Its parent company, Canon Inc. (NYSE:CAJ), a top patent holder of technology, ranked fourth overall in the U.S. in 2010†, with global revenues of more than US $45 billion and is listed as number five in the computer industry on Fortune Magazine's World’s Most Admired Companies 2011 list. Canon U.S.A. is committed to the highest levels of customer satisfaction and loyalty, providing 100 percent U.S.-based consumer service and support for all of the products it distributes. At Canon, we care because caring is essential to living together in harmony. Founded upon a corporate philosophy of Kyosei – "all people, regardless of race, religion or culture, harmoniously living and working together into the future" – Canon U.S.A. supports a number of social, youth, educational and other programs, including environmental and recycling initiatives. Additional information about these programs can be found at www.usa.canon.com/kyosei. To keep apprised of the latest news from Canon U.S.A., sign up for the Company's RSS news feed by visiting www.usa.canon.com/rss.
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1Food and Drug Administration (FDA) clearance does not in any way denote official FDA approval of this device.
2DICOM is a registered trademark of the National Electrical Manufacturer Association for its standard publications relating to digital communications of medical information.
3The TX-20 Full Auto Tonometer has not yet been cleared by the FDA. This device has a 510(k) application pending with the FDA. Not for sale or lease in the United States.