Olympus is proudly announcing the release of the world’s first forward-viewing curvilinear ultrasound gastrovideoscope, the TGF-UC180J, that features a 180° articulation angle. Instruments can be delivered through the main channel and water is pumped through another for improved ultrasound visualization without utilizing a balloon that’s squeezed against the imaging target.
The device received FDA 510(k) clearance and is now being made available by Olympus.
From the press release:
“The forward-viewing therapeutic echoendoscope is a major advance for interventional endoscopy,” said Dr. Kenneth Binmoeller, Medical Director of the Interventional Endoscopy Service (IES) at California Pacific Medical Center. “It is the first true ‘hybrid’ ultrasound endoscope, enabling both ultrasound and endoscopy-guided interventions with the same instrument. This will facilitate existing EUS-guided therapies, such as pseudocyst drainage, as well as enable new EUS-guided treatments.”
The TGF-UC180J is powered by the new, next-generation ProSound F75 Ultrasound Imaging Platform, developed in partnership by Hitachi Aloka Medical, Ltd., which aids in more accurate diagnosis of diseases and cancers of the GI track and surrounding organs. The scope is also backward compatible with prior generation processors, including the Olympus EU-ME1 and Hitachi Aloka SSD-α10.