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Canon U.S.A. Previews the CR-2 Non-Mydriatic Digital Retinal Camera at Vision Expo West

The Future, Lightweight Canon CR-2 Digital Camera Improves Patient Comfort and Examination Efficiency

LAS VEGAS, October 7, 2010 – Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, today previewed the CR-2 Digital Non-Mydriatic Retinal Camera1 at Vision Expo West. In addition to the CR-2 retinal camera, which is awaiting FDA clearance, Canon will showcase its current complete line of ophthalmic solutions at Vision Expo West, in the Canon booth (booth #: MS6063) at the Sands Expo Center in Las Vegas, October 7th – 9th, 2010.

Weighing only 33 pounds, the CR-2 Digital Non-Mydriatic Retinal Camera has a light, more compact leading-edge design, resulting in an intuitive instrument that is easy to use. The CR-2 retinal camera can be easily installed and takes up minimal office space or for added convenience, can be easily transported when needed. The illuminated control panel allows medical staff to navigate operations in darkened rooms. Contributing to a lower total-cost-of-ownership, the CR-2 retinal camera's energy-efficient design with white LED for flash intensity improves maintenance and uses less power, helping to reduce energy costs in medical facilities.

The CR-2 Digital Non-Mydriatic Retinal Camera's low flash intensity minimizes pupil constriction thereby shortening the time required for taking multiple pictures such as binocular, stereo photography. It also helps avoid having to retake images due to patient's blinking. The CR-2 retinal camera'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 understands the need to deliver an ophthalmic solution that improves patient comfort and operator efficiency," said Tsuneo Imai, senior director and general manager, Medical Systems Division, Canon U.S.A. "At this year's show, we are excited to preview the CR-2 Digital Non-Mydraitic Retinal Camera, an instrument developed to make it simple and convenient for ophthalmic professionals to provide quality care to their patients by providing outstanding digital imaging technology."

Integrating Digital Imaging Technology and Workflow Management for the Ophthalmic World

Canon markets a full line of digital imaging solutions for the ophthalmic world, including Non-Mydriatic and Mydriatic Retinal cameras, and full auto-tonometer and full auto-ref keratometers, all of which will be on display at the show. In addition to the CR-2 retinal camera, Canon will display:

  • The 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 mydriatic and non-mydriatic modes, effortlessly utilizing different functions within seconds and performing several concurrent ocular tests. The CX-1 allows the user to take one-shot FAF (Fundus Autofluorescence) photography in a standard configuration, for both mydriatic and non-mydriatic modes. Fundus autofluorescence, or FAF, is the occurrence of autofluorescence in macular waste, particularly Lipofuscin. Examinations that check and monitor autofluorescent waste material are a key step in Age-related Macular Degeneration (AMD) detection. Using the non-mydriatic mode not only saves time and resources, it also can make the diagnostic procedure more comfortable for the patient.
  • CR-1 Mark II Digital Non-Mydriatic Retinal Camera reduces brightness, helps improve overall patient comfort and significantly shortens exams. When attached to a Canon EOS Digital SLR Camera (sold separately), the CR-1 Mark II is capable of delivering clear and detailed diagnostic images for virtually immediate review. High-resolution diagnostic images are achieved at a 45˚ angle of view suitable for health check-ups and screening. The Retinal Imaging Control Software, which comes with the CR-1 Mark II, includes a range of tools that enable the user to analyze images immediately after they are captured. Once the images are stored, they can be quickly reviewed, analyzed, printed, stored, exported and digitally communicated.
  • OPTOPOL Technology S.A. SPOCT HR2 provides ultra-high resolution which can help give the doctor more comfort in diagnosis. Optical Coherence Tomography ultra-high scanning speeds shorten data collecting times and help to improve comfort of examination for patient and operator. The SPOCT HR has three micron axial resolution which, when combined with advanced analysis algorithm, makes SPOCT HR state-of-the art in SPOCT technology.
  • OPTOPOL Technology S.A. PTS 1000 automated perimeter is a diagnostic instrument that offers precise and fast testing of the field of vision. The silent performing PTS 1000 features static and kinetic stimuli with all Goldmann stimuli sizes and all stimuli colors used in perimetry. Auto-detection of the eye position may be monitored with the built-in video monitor. A wide range of strategies and analysis tools combined with intuitive interface give the user a powerful diagnostic tool, whose handling they will enjoy. Built-in maps and the possibility of creating one's own map, provide the opportunity to examine only necessary areas. Along with the predefined templates, the advanced printout manager allows custom layouts to be created and saved.
  • RK-F1 Full Auto Ref-Keratometer simplifies the standard measurement procedure in just one step when using the Full Auto Mode. With a press of the Start button, the RK-F1 automatically completes the entire series of steps for both eyes: alignment, measurement and printout. The motorized optical head automatically aligns, acquires the readings and then automatically moves over to the opposite eye to perform the same function. The unit can also be operated manually to acquire readings.
  • TX-F Full Auto Tonometer is very easy to operate using the Full Auto Mode. Once the eye is located on the alignment screen, just press start. The motorized optical head automatically aligns, acquires the readings and then automatically moves over to the opposite eye to perform the same function. The unit can also be operated manually to acquire readings.
  • PIXMA iP4820 Inkjet Printer is ideal for any professional interested in a high-quality single function model which is not only easy to use but affordable as well. With the ChromaLife100 ink system*, including five individual ink tanks, this printer can produce a borderless** 4" x 6" image of superb quality with a maximum color resolution of up to 9600 x 2400 dpi*** in approximately 20 seconds****. In order to help reduce paper usage and increase time management, this printer has the ability to Auto Duplex print and has two-way paper feeds as well. The PIXMA iP4820 is an ideal addition to any office with its polished finish and overall functionality.

For more information about Canon ophthalmic devices and solutions, please go to www.usa.canon.com/eye-care.

About Canon U.S.A., Inc.

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 2009†, with global revenues of US $35 billion, is listed as number six in the computer industry on Fortune Magazine's World's Most Admired Companies 2010 list, and is on the 2009 BusinessWeek list of "100 Best Global Brands." 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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1The CR-2 Digital Non-Mydriatic Retinal Camera 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.

2The OPTOPOL Technology S.A. SPOCT HR 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.

* Canon cannot guarantee the longevity of prints; results may vary depending on printed image, drying time, display/storage conditions, and environmental factors. See www.consumer.usa.canon.com/ChromaLife100 for additional details.

** Supported paper types for borderless printing are as follows: Photo Paper Pro Platinum, Photo Paper Plus Glossy II, Photo Paper Plus Semi-gloss, Photo Paper Glossy and Matter Photo Paper.

*** Resolution may vary based on printer driver setting. Color ink droplets can be placed with a horizontal pitch of 1/9600 inch at minimum.

**** Photo print speeds are based on the standard mode driver setting using photo test pattern(s) and select Canon Photo Paper. Print speed measured as soon as first page begins to feed into printer and will vary depending on system configuration, interface, software, document complexity, print mode, types of paper used and page coverage. See www.usa.canon.com/printspeed for additional details.

† Based on weekly patent counts issued by the United States Patent and Trademark Office.