Aloka's ultrasound system available with Olympus gastrovideoscope
19 June 2007
Tokyo, Japan. Aloka Co Ltd has announced that its ProSound
Alpha 10 ultrasound system is now compatible with the latest ultrasound
gastrovideoscope manufactured by Olympus Medical Systems Corp.
compatibility is expected to enhance ultrasound imaging performance as well
as the ability to diagnose pancreatobiliary and biliary disorders and upper
gastrointestinal tract disorders.
Two types of ultrasound endoscopes are
now compatible with ProSound Alpha 10: the first is an electronic radial
scanning echoendoscope offering 360°
scanning angle, with its main purpose being the early detection of
pancreatic and biliary lesions and diagnosing infiltration level of tumours
in the stomach and the esophagus.
The second is an electronic convex
scanning echoendoscope predominately used for ultrasound guided biopsies.
With this enhancement, the ultrasound transmission-driving system of the
ProSound Alpha 10 is renewed and the innovative broadband harmonics
technology results in significantly elevated imaging capability, supporting
detailed observation of the lesions and higher level of diagnosis.
ultrasound gastrovideoscopes are compatible with Directional eFLOW
(D-eFLOW), Aloka's new-generation blood flow display mode featured in the
ProSound Alpha 10. The D-eFLOW function has an enhanced capability to depict
fine vessels inside and around the tumour, and it is expected to greatly
contribute to observation and diagnosis of the tissue.
release in Japan, the cooperative sales force of Aloka and Olympus Medical
Systems will market the endoscopic ultrasound system worldwide. Aloka
forecasts sales of the ProSound Alpha 10 in the endoscopic ultrasound market
in the first year to be 70 to 100 units per year (over 1,000 million yen