PENTAX and Hitachi Medical launch new ultrasound video bronchoscope


Japan-based endoscopic imaging firm PENTAX Medical and Swiss medical imaging company Hitachi Medical Systems Europe have launched a new video bronchoscope for endobronchial ultrasound (EBUS), EB19-J10U. 

The new endoscopic ultrasound (EUS) is designed to deliver diagnostic accuracy, smooth EBUS-trans-bronchial needle aspiration (TBNA) and enhanced patient safety through clear ultrasound and endoscopic imaging.

EB19-J10U features a combination of Hitachi ultrasound systems, PENTAX Medical video processors with high visualisation capabilities, and high-definition fully digital video and 100% colour-CCD-Chip in the tip technology.

The high imaging performance of the new device is expected to enable precise visualisation of the airway wall, surrounding lymph nodes and structures for accurate diagnosis of lung diseases. 

Hitachi’s multi-layered Crystal Technology has been integrated with EB19-J10U’s ultrasound transducer to facilitate efficient transmission and reception of the ultrasound pulse for obtaining high-resolution images with improved tissue differentiation and minimal energy loss.

"The use of endoscopic ultrasound has proven to be a great asset in increasing the clinical acumen in endoscopy."

In addition, the EUS includes a single use suction valve, cleaning brushes and new cleaning adapters to ensure safety and easy operation.

PENTAX Medical EMEA president and CEO Rainer Burkard said: "The use of endoscopic ultrasound has proven to be a great asset in increasing the clinical acumen in endoscopy.

“With Hitachi, PENTAX Medical looks forward to offering the technological advances in the fields of EUS and EBUS to our joint customers and the patients they care for.”

Collaborating since 25 years, PENTAX and Hitachi currently offer a wide portfolio of EUS compatible ultrasound systems for clear visualisation to detect abnormalities through endosonographical diagnostic and therapeutic procedures.


Image: The new PENTAX image ultrasound video bronchoscope EB19-J10U. Photo: © PENTAX Medical.