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Canon U.S.A. Brings Teleretinal Solutions To Vision Expo West


MELVILLE, N.Y., September 16, 2015 - Responding to the growing need for dedicated ophthalmic image management software that is easy to use and can enhance office workflow, while also keeping security and compliance with CMS and HIPAA regulations in mind, Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, will showcase its integrated diagnostic instrument and turnkey teleretinal solutions at Vision Expo West 2015 in booth # MS11043, on September 17-20, at the Sands Convention Center, Las Vegas.

Canon will demonstrate how its portfolio of digital retinal cameras and integrated imageSPECTRUM software solution provide the necessary tools to help eye care professionals efficiently examine patients while maintaining high-quality care. The Canon imageSPECTRUM Image Management System software (v5.0)1 is designed to instantly capture, store, query and display all patient studies from a single database, whether in the exam room next door or across the country,2 putting concise information at the eye care professional's fingertips.

One example of how teleretinal technology is being effectively used comes from Canon Consultant, New Jersey-based Director of Applied Vision Research & Ophthalmic Telemedicine at Rutgers University, Dr. Ben Szirth, who recently performed retinal screenings using a combination of Canon Eye Care solutions at the Children with Diabetes Friends for Life conference in Orlando, Florida. Although the children's eye exams were performed in Orlando, Dr. Szirth was able to remotely transmit data requiring follow-up back to Ophthalmic retinal specialists in his Newark, New Jersey office- more than one thousand miles away, thanks to Canon imageSPECTRUM software.

"The health of the eye can indicate the health of the body as a whole, and retinal exams can allow physicians to detect early cases of diabetes retinopathy and other diseases. Early screening can often help patients and their healthcare providers prevent conditions from worsening, but not every individual is located within a short distance from a hospital or nearby physician. The cohesive relationship between Canon digital retinal cameras and portability-enhancing software allows me to bring the latest technology to remote communities, and in doing so, I am able to provide patients with more opportunity for early detection, which can lead to prevention," said Dr. Szirth.

When used together, imageSPECTRUM software, the CR-2 PLUS AF Non-Mydriatic Retinal camera, RK-F2 Full Auto Ref-Keratometer and TX-20 Fully Automated Tonometer can help provide clinical efficiency with its advanced software modules such as RGB channel separation, side-by-side Color/FAF comparison, Stereo Image, Emboss, AutoMosaic and Advanced Tools. The system is fully DICOM® 3 compliant for increased interoperability, communicates well with most EMR systems, and can safely connect to most third-party legacy instruments2 across a network. Additionally, imageSPECTRUM software is an excellent communication tool and EMR complement for today's Meaningful Use, HIPAA regulated and Coordinated Care team environment.

Attendees will have the opportunity to interact with Eye Care solutions from Canon at Vision Expo West, including:

  • CR-2 PLUS AF Non-Mydriatic Retinal Camera: With the press of a button, users can switch between auto and manual focusing for ultimate control and ease-of-use. The Autocapture function determines the appropriate moment to capture an image by analyzing when exposure and alignment are ideal.

  • CR-2 AF Digital Non-Mydriatic Retinal Camera: The newest addition to the Canon digital non-mydriatic camera lineup delivers stunning, high-resolution, 20.2 megapixel images-the highest resolution available in any digital retinal camera today-with extraordinary detail, contrast, color fidelity and speed. Enhanced from the previous CR-2 Digital Non-Mydriatic Retinal Camera, the new CR-2 AF features contrast enhancement technology neverbefore offered to emphasize the differences in "redness" and "brightness" of blood vessel structures relative to their surroundings.

  • RK-F2 Full Auto Ref-Keratometer: Including a Full Auto Mode which allows professionals to automatically align, focus, and acquire a reading for one eye and continue to the opposite eye to perform the same function-all with one touch of a button. This feature contributes to a comfortable, efficient screening process for the patient.

  • TX-20 Full Auto Tonometer:Designed to be compact and lightweight, the non-contact tonometer is easy to transport and install. With soft air puffs, the TX-20 tonometer easily measures Intraocular Pressure (IOP), enhancing patient comfort and allowing doctors to perform simple eye exams efficiently.

For more information about Canon ophthalmic and optometric 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 to the United States and to Latin America and the Caribbean (excluding Mexico) markets. With approximately $31 billion in global revenue, its parent company, Canon Inc. (NYSE:CAJ), ranks third overall in U.S. patents granted in 2014† and is one of Fortune Magazine's World's Most Admired Companies in 2015. Canon U.S.A. is committed to the highest level of customer satisfaction and loyalty, providing 100 percent U.S.-based consumer service and support for all of the products it distributes. Canon U.S.A. is dedicated to its Kyosei philosophy of social and environmental responsibility. In 2014, the Canon Americas Headquarters secured LEED® Gold certification, a recognition for the design, construction, operations and maintenance of high-performance green buildings. 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 and follow us on Twitter @CanonUSA. For media inquiries, please contact pr@cusa.canon.com.

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

Specifications subject to change without notice.

1 Requires Windows® 7 operating system. Windows is either a registered trademark or trademark of Microsoft Corporation in the United States and/or other countries.

2 Instruments must have file-to-print capability and either an RS-232 port or a USB port.

3 DICOM is a registered trademark of the National Electrical Manufacturers Association for its standard publications retailing to digital communications of medical information.

All other referenced product names, and other marks, are trademarks of their respective owners.