Endoscopic Ultrasound (EUS)
Endoscopic ultrasound (EUS) combines ultrasound and conventional endoscopy technologies to see beyond the walls of the gastrointestinal tract. EUS allows endoscopists to visualize all five layers of the GI tract, as well as surrounding tissue and organs.
Olympus offers a full product portfolio of EUS processors, echoendoscopes, miniature probes and needles to meet physician needs and preferences. These products can support diagnostic, therapeutic and interventional applications such as EUS-guided tissue acquisition, cyst drainage and biopsies of lesions/lymph nodes.
The Olympus portfolio offers a variety of echoendoscopes and miniature probes, creating a total endosonography solution for a full range of minimally invasive applications.
The diagnostic radial array echoendoscope provides a 360°, cross-sectional view of the GI tract and is primarily used for screening. The curvilinear echoendoscopes are useful for therapeutic applications such as tissue sample collection, cyst drainage, biopsies of lesions/lymph nodes and injection for pain management.
In addition, the endoscopic ultrasound miniature probes generate 360° images in the near field for excellent visualization of submucosal areas.
Visualization is key to accurately identifying tumors and tissue properties and boundaries. New and enhanced features available on Olympus ultrasound processors improve visualization and assist in diagnostic, therapeutic, and interventional procedures, leading to improved quality of patient care.
Olympus offers a full line-up of ultrasound processors designed to meet and exceed the needs of gastroenterologists performing a wide range of EUS procedures.
Olympus offers a line-up of single-use FNB and FNA needles to help achieve procedural goals for endoscopic ultrasound in a variety of clinical settings.
The EZ Shot™ 3 Plus FNB needle offers access to lesions in difficult locations, enhanced echogenicity, and reduced puncture force in 19 G, 22 G, and 25 G configurations.1
The EZ Shot 3 FNA needle features the same ergonomic handle as the EZ Shot 3 Plus and is designed for precision sampling of lesions, available in 19 G, 22 G and 25 G configurations to suit clinical preferences.
At Olympus, we are committed to innovation. We deliver today’s most comprehensive EUS solution, with a robust portfolio of EUS processors, echoendoscopes and devices.
Endoscopic Ultrasound is the difference between maybe and definitely.
ALOKA ARIETTA 850
Premium ultrasound processor provides endoscopists with a greater depth of information allowing for decisive decision making, partnered with industry leading service and support. “Image quality” and “advanced technology” are two key areas where a determined effort has been made to refine fundamental performance and examination precision.
Optional software packages for the ARIETTA 850. Included with the ARIETTA 850 AT.
Shear Wave Measurement (SWM)
SWM is used to assess tissue stiffness, such as liver fibrosis. A “push-pulse” generates shear waves, which propagate through the tissue, perpendicular to the ultrasound beam. SWM then provides an assessment of tissue stiffness by calculating the propagation velocity of the shear waves (Vs). Hitachi’s SWM technology provides an additional reliability indicator (VsN), as an objective evaluation of the Vs measurement. The reliability indicator gives physicians confidence that they are basing clinical decisions on stable and accurate measurement result.
Real-time Tissue Elastography (RTE)
RTE is an additional tool for use in tissue diagnosis. This imaging modality assesses tissue strain in real time and displays the measured differences in tissue stiffness as a color map. The color image shows tissue elasticity, or stiffness in the area of interest, which may help indicate disease processes. This may help the physician identify the appropriate areas for biopsy.
Contrast Harmonic Imaging (CHI)
CHI is the application of an ultrasound contrast agent to traditional ultrasonography to characterize focal liver lesions. Contrast agents are comprised of gas-filled microbubbles that are administered intravenously. The difference in echogenicity between the gas in the microbubbles and the soft tissue surrounding the body is immense, which improves the visualization and assessment of tissue vascularity.2
Universal ultrasound processor provides image quality comparable to a large radiology processor, in a compact model.3 Backward compatibility and electronic and mechanical scanning contribute to the processor’s universality. It was designed to meet the needs of physicians performing a wide range of EUS and EBUS procedures.
CURVED LINEAR ARRAY ECHOENDOSCOPES
Curved linear array echoendoscope used for therapeutic applications such as tissue sample collection, cyst drainage, biopsies of lesions/lymph nodes and injection for pain management. The GF-UCT180’s ultrasound transducer has a broader bandwidth and higher sensitivity, offering superior ultrasound imaging with high resolution and penetration and less noise when operating in B-mode.4
Diagnostic radial array echoendoscope used to assess anatomy of the GI tract and surrounding structures. It provides a 360° cross-sectional view of the GI tract and is primarily used for screening.
Olympus offers a full range of EUS and EBUS ultrasound miniature probes that can be used for various procedures. These miniature probes are ideal for passing strictures, reaching peripheral lung lesions, conducting intraductal ultrasound and more.
Generate 360° high-resolution images in the near field for visualization of submucosal areas.
Designed to support a spectrum of advanced EUS and EBUS procedures. The unit powers a wide variety of Olympus ultrasound miniature probes with frequency ranges of 7.5 to 20 MHz.
EZ Shot™ 3 Plus
FNB needle provides access to difficult to reach lesions without compromising scope position. The combination of the multi-layer coil sheath, nitinol needle*, and Menghini tip allow for precise and smooth penetration into the target lesion.5
EZ Shot 3
FNA needle offers enhanced visibility under ultrasound, with an anti-slip handle design that enables control when sampling.6
*nitinol material includes 19G and 22G only
Traditionally, hepatologists refer liver patients to interventional radiology (IR) for liver imaging, biopsy, and management of portal hypertension.
Now, due to recent advancements in endoscopic ultrasound (EUS), liver imaging, shear wave measurement, contrast harmonic imaging, liver biopsy and portal pressure gradient measurement can be accomplished under EUS-guidance.
Thus, the integrated field has emerged as a result of the following7:
- Increased number of liver-focused endoscopic procedures
- Advances in endoscopic evaluation of the liver
- Advances in hepatology requiring liver assessment and histology
Dr. Kenneth J. Chang is a consultant to the Olympus Corporation, its subsidiaries and/or its affiliates.
Why is Endo-Hepatology important?
Diseases of the liver are becoming increasingly common in the US, with about 100 million individuals in the United States estimated to have Nonalcoholic Fatty Liver Disease (NAFLD).8 The importance of effective screening, diagnosis and treatment of these diseases will become more important in parallel.
NAFLD is one of the most common causes of liver disease in the U.S., affecting approximately 30% of the population.8
NASH is a severe progression of unmanaged NAFLD. Approximately 16% of people with NAFLD or 5% of the U.S. population is affected by NASH.8
Cirrhosis is irreversible scarring/damage to the liver. Approximately 5% to 12% of those affect by NASH will progress to cirrhosis.9
Participants of the course are instructed on the safe and effective use of Olympus Endoscopic Ultrasound (EUS) equipment through didactics and live-case observations. This program includes advanced EUS applications related to liver disease.
Our Clinical Application Specialists (CAS) are regionally located, experienced sonographers, dedicated to supporting you and your EUS practice. The CAS team offers on-site and virtual support for evaluations, in-services, installs, training, and procedures. Your CAS will show you how to operate your EUS equipment, offering helpful suggestions for image optimization. Our CAS Team is here to help you achieve success with Olympus EUS products, allowing you to help more patients and reach your goals.
Designed to support you in your pursuit of excellence, Olympus Professional Education is a comprehensive platform of education and training experiences led by healthcare experts from around the world. Learning and training opportunities include hands-on courses, online learning, lectures and workshops, peer-to-peer training, accredited continuing education, and custom on-demand learning as well as a vast library of educational resources.
The Understanding Endoscopic Ultrasound: Technology and Clinical Applications program is designed to train nurses and technicians on the basics of endoscopic ultrasound. The course will cover the physics of ultrasound, GI ultrasound anatomy and ultrasound characteristics and terminology.
The Olympus Global Professional Education Library is home to a selection of valuable educational materials including training videos, user guides, quick reference guides, IFUs, channel diagrams and more. The goal of Olympus Professional education is to enhance knowledge, inspire vision and offer solutions to healthcare professionals in the fields of gastroenterology, general surgery, pulmonology, bronchoscopy, urology, gynecology, otolaryngology, bariatrics, orthopedics and anesthesiology.
In collaboration with the American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy (ASGE), our Diagnostic EUS Training course is focused on helping practicing endoscopists based in community hospitals achieve competency in Diagnostic EUS. The program’s online and hands-on curriculum covers the full spectrum of diagnostic EUS and FNA in four to six months in preparation for a proctorship with an EUS expert.
White Paper: Endoscopic Ultrasound Fine Needle Biopsy (EUS-FNB) Helps Diagnose Neuroendocrine Tumor of the Pancreas
White Paper: Endoscopic Ultrasound Fine Needle Biopsy (EUS-FNB) Helps Diagnose Gastrointestinal Stromal Tumor (GIST) of Stomach
Publication: Use of the EZ Shot 3 Plus in Endoscopic Ultrasound-Guided Biopsy Procedures
White Paper: How to Optimize EUS Images
White Paper: Current Measurement Parameters for EUS
Watch videos with instructions on how to operate and clean your endoscopic ultrasound echoendoscopes, processors and devices.
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1. Data on file with Olympus (June 8, 2018).
2. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7554970/ Accessed August 2022.
3. https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1111/den.12148 Accessed August 2022.
4. Data on file with Olympus (July 27, 2015).
5. Data on file with Olympus (June 8, 2018).
6. Data on file with Olympus (October 31, 2018).
7. https://www.eusjournal.com/article.asp?issn=2303-9027;year=2018;volume=7;issue=4;spage=219;epage=222;aulast=Samarasena Accessed August 2022.
8. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/32061595/ Accessed August 2022.
9. https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/nonalcoholic-fatty-liver-disease/symptoms-causes/syc-20354567#:~:text=Between%205%25%20and%2012%25%20of,NASH%20will%20progress%20to%20cirrhosis .Accessed August 2022.