KARL STORZ is proud to celebrate two decades of changing the way you see your patients through IMAGE1®. Starting with 2D endoscopy to cutting-edge NIR/ICG visualization modes to visualize anatomical structures, we’ve come a long way and we want to thank you for being a part of this journey. We can’t wait to show you what lies ahead!
A brief history of the brand IMAGE1
2002: IMAGE1® – The Diamond standard is born
The first digital camera system – IMAGE1® was launched.
2007: Bigger and sharper images
IMAGE1® HD was introduced offering high-definition imaging and bigger picture size (from 4:3 to 16:9) for an improved visualization experience– making the invisible visible.
2013: IMAGE1 S™ goes modular
The first two modules of the modular camera system IMAGE1 S™ were introduced, wherein the HD camera heads from the previous camera platform were still usable. However, the camera system has had the capability for both rigid and flexible endoscopy as well as NIR/ICG imaging right from the start – all in Full HD.
S-technologies were introduced, representing different visualization technologies that can help surgeons better identify different structures.
March 2015: IMAGE1 S™ 3D – A Dimension Ahead
New modularity features were added with the D3-LINK, enabling 3D visualization for better depth perception during surgeries.
TIPCAM®1 S for Laparoscopy was introduced with two different directions of view – (0°/30°) to a diameter of 10 mm.
September 2015: Camera head portfolio is extended
As an extension of the camera head portfolio, the HX/HX-P camera heads were implemented for use on the X-LINK. They are compatible with other camera systems (TELE PACK+ and TELECAM C3), provide FULL HD resolution and are smaller and lighter than the H3 camera heads.
June 2016: S-Technologies now on TIPCAM®1 S 3D
Following the TIPCAM®1 S 3D for laparoscopy, a 4 mm version for ENT was introduced. S-Technologies was integrated for TIPCAM®1 S 3D for both ENT and LAP.
December 2016: VITOM® 3D – The 3rgonomic Dimension
VITOM® 3D, an exoscope with 4K sensors and 3D imaging, extended our 3D imaging portfolio further.
June 2017: PDD is introduced
PDD in FULL HD was made possible with the introduction of HX/HX-P FI camera heads, enhancing our bladder cancer detection portfolio.
October 2017: More details and improved color reproduction with 4K
The introduction of the 4U-LINK, together with a specially adapted camera head, launched our 4K resolution range, offering a high level of detail and impressive color reproduction. S-Technologies continued to provide the well-known visualization technologies.
August 2018: IMAGE1 S CONNECT® II – Sustainability through modularity
In 2013, IMAGE1 S CONNECT® laid the foundation for modular camera system, wherein different LINK modules can be connected. With the IMAGE1 S CONNECT® II, a second generation of the connect module was implemented.
2020: IMAGE1 S™ Rubina® – mORe to discover
IMAGE1 S™ RUBINA® was launched, combining latest imaging technologies, such as 4K, 3D and fluorescence imaging (NIR/ICG), into one powerful product family, consisting of a light source, new camera head and a new TIPCAM®1.
2021: NIR/ICG functionality for TIPCAM®1 Rubina®
The new NIR/ICG fluorescence modes introduced in 2020 for the IMAGE1 S™ 4U Rubina® camera head, were now also available for TIPCAM®1 Rubina®.
TIPCAM®1 Rubina® combines 2D and 3D imaging, 4K and NIR/ICG in one video endoscope.
2022: IMAGE1 S™ Saphira™ – Enhance Your Options. Enhance Your View.
A new LED light source, POWER LED Saphira™, was introduced. In combination with the IMAGE1 S™, KARL STORZ offers a solution for improved PDD visualization.
20 years and counting…
IMAGE1 S™ proudly celebrates 20 years of changing the way you see your patients. Thank you for believing in us and welcome to the future of imaging.
Prof. Luigi Boni
Chief of Surgery, University of Milan, Italy
Prof. Dr. med. Dr. habil. Thomas Carus
Niels-Stensen-Kliniken, Elisabeth-Krankenhaus Thuine, Germany
Prof. Dr. Marty Zdichavski
Die Filderklinik, Filderstadt, Germany
Dr. Armando Melani
Americas Medical City, Rio de Janeiro.
Director of the IRCAD centers in Brazil
Dr. Xavier Serra-Aracil
Department of Gral-Digestive Surgery, Parc Tauli University Hospital
Associate Prof. Department of Surgery UAB, Barcelona, Spain
Dr. Ahmad Shoukry
Head of Surgery El Salam Oncology Center,
Cairo Governorate, Egypt
Dr. Angelos Stylianou
Hippocrateon Private Hospital, Nicosia, Cyprus
Prof. Dr. Arshad Hussain Abro
Liaquat University of Medical and Health Sciences,
Dr. Ramiz Al Mukhtar
General and bariatric surgery, Ramiz Al Mukhtar Clinic in St. Raphael Hospital,
Prof. Dr. Emre Balik
American Hospital and Koc University School of Medicine, Istanbul, Turkey
Dr. Nikolay Matveev
Head of laparoscopic branch, dept. of endoscopic surgery,
Moscow state university of medicine and dentistry, Russia
Urology and Gynecology
Prof. Jean de la Rosette
Professor of Urology at Amsterdam UMC University Hospital in Amsterdam, Netherlands
Professor of Urology at Istanbul Medipol University, Turkey.
Prof. Dr. med. Stefan P. Renner
Chief of Clinic for Gynecology and Obstetrics, Böblingen, Germany
Prof. Arnaud Wattiez
Head of Gynecology Department at Latifa Hospital, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Dr. Darlene Lubbe
Mediclinic Cape Town, South Africa
Prof. Dr. med. Andreas Leunig
Specialist in Othorhinolaryngology, Munich, Germany
Prof. Dr. med Daniel Simmen &
KD Dr. med. Hans Rudolf Briner
Specialists in Otorhinolaryngology
Clinic for ear, nose, throat and facial plastic surgery in Hirslanden, Zurich, Switzerland
Prof. Andrey S. Lopatin
Chairman ENT clinic First Moscow Medical University, Moscow, Russia
Prof. Dr. Philipp Szavay
Head Dept. of Pediatric Surgery
Children's Hospital Lucerne, Switzerland