Endoscopic Ultrasound Transducer with FNA Biopsy Capability

Endoscopic Ultrasound with Fine Needle Aspiration Biopsy (FNAB) capability is relatively new for Toshiba. Recently the company has introduced a transducer enabling gastroenterologists to perform these kinds of examinations. Dr. Paul Fockens (PhD), Director of Endoscopy at the Academic Medical Centre (AMC) of the University of Amsterdam, is an expert in this field. He has been Director of Endoscopy at the AMC since 1999. In May of last year he started working with a prototype of Toshiba's new endoscopic ultrasound transducer and after a few months he received the final version. Dr. Fockens also uses similar transducers made by other companies.

Fig. 7: FNAB of suspected Iymph node in a patient with primary lung tumor....
Fig. 7: FNAB of suspected Iymph node in a patient with primary lung tumor. Immediate cytology showed metastases from a non-small cell ca. Note the good visibility of the needle.

This article was first published in the VISIONS, issue 1/2001, a publication of Toshiba Medical Systems


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