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December 17, 2002
The New EVIS LUCERA BF-260 Series
A hybrid-type broncho endoscope that combines fiberscope
and videoscope technology
Supports examination and treatment of the central and peripheral areas of the bronchia. A broncho videoscope system for the new era
Broncho videoscope system EVIS LUCERA BF-260 series

 

Hybrid-type broncho endoscope EVIS LUCERA Broncho fiber videoscope BF TYPE XP260F

Broncho videoscope system
EVIS LUCERA
BF - 260 series
Hybrid-type broncho endoscope
EVIS LUCERA Broncho fiber videoscope
BF TYPE XP260F
Olympus Optical Co., Ltd. ( President Tsuyoshi Kikukawa ) has developed a lineup of hybrid-type broncho endoscopes that integrate the thinness of a fiberscope with the observation performance and operability of a videoscope. Olympus plans to release the new EVIS LUCERA BF-260 series broncho videoscope system which can support examination and treatment for wide area of bronchi, from nerve center to peripherals, on January 31, 2003. Olympus has aimed at achieving a reduction in diameter and higher image quality for its entire lineup in order to further improve the diagnostic performance of broncho-type endoscopes, indispensable minimally-invasive technique for diagnosis and treatment of respiratory disorders that are increasing each year. The lineup consists of two types of videoscopes that have outer distal end diameters of 5.9 mm and 4.9 mm, each, as well as extremely thin hybrid fiberscopes that have outer distal end diameters of 4.0 mm and 2.8 mm, respectively. The optimum size endoscope can be selected from among these for distal end diameters according to the location of the lesion and the purpose of examination and treatment. Initially, the new series will go on sale in Japan with hospitals as the principle targeted users. In due course, Olympus plans to make the products available overseas*1 ( Europe, and also Asian countries such as China and South Korea etc. ) as well.

The main unit of the "EVIS LUCERA" is identical to that of the gastrointestinal endoscopic system. This enables the equipment to be shared efficiently by different departments in the hospital, resulting in significant cost savings.

*1:  Regulatory / medical approval will be sought in accordance with local regulations

Main Features
1. The hybrid-type endoscope which combines the thinner diameter technology of a fiberscope with the observation performance and operability of a videoscope.
2. New range of scopes offers either a smaller outer diameter or higher image quality.
3. The inner diameter of the channel for endo-therapy products has been increased, facilitating treatment using a broncho endoscope.
4. Offering a balanced lineup of four sizes of endoscopes in increments of approximately 1 mm: 2.8 mm, 4.0 mm, 4.9 mm and 5.9 mm.
5. Supports medical data networking for increased management and system administration efficiency.
Product Background
Broncho endoscopic systems are widely used as minimally-invasive diagnosis and treatment tools for respiratory disorders which are increasing each year, and are contributing to promoting health.

Lung cancer currently accounts for the highest death rate of all cancers in Japan. Recently, thanks to the increasing performance of CT scanning equipment, minute cancers have been discovered in the peripheral areas of the lungs, and it is becoming increasingly important to perform confirmation diagnosis by sampling tissue using a broncho endoscope.

In order to meet the challenge of broncho endoscope diagnosis of lesions in the peripheral areas of the lungs, Olympus has developed a hybrid-type broncho endoscope that is a smaller diameter version of a conventional broncho videoscope, and has also developed the EVIS LUCERA BF-260 series broncho videoscope system. This broncho video system is designed to enable the practitioner to carry out a wider range of examinations and treatment more easily, with less pain and distress to the patient, and with high diagnostic accuracy. This is the first time in about five years that the entire product line-up has been upgraded.
Details of Main Features
1. Development of a hybrid-type broncho endoscope that combines the thinner diameter technology of a fiberscope with the observation performance and operability of a videoscope.
The control unit of the endoscope has a built-in CCD ( charged-coupled device ), and uses a fiberscope for insertion, achieving a degree of thinness that only a fiberscope can provide as well as the observation performance and operability of a videoscope. Compared to a conventional fiberscope combined with an externally mounted camera, the weight of this endoscope is greatly reduced ( to about one-half ). Moreover, the equipment can be set up and adjusted easily, enabling the optimum screen size while maintaining focus at all times.

2. New range of scopes offers either a smaller outer diameter or higher image quality.
The BF TYPE 260, the flagship model in the series, has a distal end diameter of about 1 mm less than that of the previous model ( BF TYPE 240 ). It has evolved into a general-purpose endoscope that is very easy to insert, and it also produces high image quality.

3. The inner diameter of the channel for endo-therapy products has been increased, facilitating treatment using a broncho endoscope.
The internal diameter of the channel for endo-therapy products of the BF TYPE 1T260 has been increased from 2.6 mm in the previous model to 2.8 mm. This ensures stable suction force during treatment using a laser or other type of device. Our UM-BS20-26R ultrasound probe fitted with a balloon can also be inserted, making it easier to perform broncho ultrasound examinations, which have been in the limelight recently.

4. A balanced lineup of four size endoscopes in increments of approximately 1 mm: 2.8 mm, 4.0 mm, 4.9 mm and 5.9 mm.
The more one approaches the peripheral areas, the thinner the bronchia becomes, so it is necessary to select an endoscope of a size that best fits the location of the lesion as well as the purpose of examination and treatment. The EVIS LUCERA BF-260 series is available in a balanced lineup of four endoscopes that have internal diameters of between 2.8 mm and 5.9 mm, increasing in increments of approximately 1 mm.

5. Supports medical institution computer networking for improved management and system administration efficiency.
A new memory chip allows users to keep a record of scope use and other essential information. It also allows the scope to be linked to the newly introduced Solemio ENDO Endoscopy Support System for digital image storage, operational history electronic recordkeeping ( including possible cleaning and disinfection recordkeeping in the future ), and bi-directional data exchange with medical institution accounting systems for improved diagnostic equipment management efficiency. As a result, an EVIS LUCERA system can significantly aid the process of endoscopic department computerization, and assist in the pressing task of reducing medical costs and diagnostic errors by promoting improved management and data systems administration efficiency.
*Olympus Optical Co., Ltd. was changed to OLYMPUS CORPORATION as of October 1, 2003.
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