Ultrasound video bronchoscope combined with ultrasound systems
PENTAX Europe and Hitachi Medical Systems Europe, are launching a new ultrasound video bronchoscope for endobronchial ultrasound (EBUS) – the EB19-J10U. This features crystal clear ultrasound and endoscopic imaging to provide advanced diagnostic accuracy, contributing to a smooth facilitation of EBUS-TBNA and maximizing patient safety. It is ergonomically designed for ease of operation and high working comfort. The combination of a broad portfolio of Hitachi Ultrasound systems and their progressive technical features and PENTAX Medical video processors with superb visualization capabilities offers an innovative solution. The PENTAX Medical ultrasound endoscopes are explicitly designed for use with Hitachi’s sophisticated ultrasound systems. The EB19-J10U is the latest product developed as a result of this partnership. State-of-the-art technology from both companies, ensures the highest imaging performance with crystal clear image quality for precise visualization of the airway wall, surrounding lymph nodes and adjacent structures. In combination with PENTAX Medical video processors, the HD fully digital video and 100% Color-CCD-Chip in the tip technology, delivers high definition endoscopic image quality, providing a real-time full screen endoscopic image with visibility of the ultrasound probe for improved visualization and navigation. Hitachi’s multi-layered Crystal Technology incorporated into the ultrasound transducer of the EB19-J10U, allows more efficient transmission and reception of the ultrasound pulse with minimal energy loss. It enables very high resolution and clear images, resulting in improved sensitivity, tissue differentiation from near field to deep areas, and optimal needle visualization supporting effective tissue sampling. An enlarged working channel of 2.2 mm enables the use of a wide range of standard-sized EBUS-TBNA needles for tissue acquisition. The intended use of the new EB19-J10U was expanded to endobronchial and esophageal endosonography which allows the user to perform a combined EBUS-TBNA and EUS-(B)-FNA procedure with only one ultrasound endoscope. This follows the recommendations of the European Guidelines: “Combined endobronchial and esophageal endosonography for the diagnosis and staging of lung cancer” from the European Society of Gastrointestinal Endoscopy (ESGE) Guideline1, in cooperation with the European Respiratory Society (ERS) and the European Society of Thoracic Surgeons (ESTS). The new EB19-J10U offers a much larger field of vision, combined with high quality ultrasound, allowing better visualization of the airways. Its wide operational channel and new ergonomics with improved grip has benefitted both the ease of use and the manoeuvrability. All these product advancements are contributing to an accurate, real-time ultrasound-guided trans-bronchial needle aspiration (EBUS-TBNA). The endoscope, with its single use suction valve, single use cleaning brushes and newly developed cleaning adapters meets the highest market standards for reprocessing and product hygiene.