The Gold Standard for Lung Cancer Staging 1

Endobronchial ultrasound transbronchial needle aspiration (EBUS-TBNA) is a reliable and commonly established technique that enables the visualization and sampling of mediastinal, central, or hilar lesions and lymph nodes within the tracheobronchial tree.
With the ultrasonic bronchoscope BF-UC180F inserted into the trachea or the esophagus, the accessible lymph node stations can be explored and the lesions outlined, while offering you the freedom to select from different EBUS needle lineups and sizes depending on your needs.

Using Enhanced Ultrasound Imaging Technologies

The linear ultrasound bronchoscope BF-UC180F is especially designed for lymph node staging, including interlobar nodes, hilar nodes, and the mediastinum.

The large 2.2 mm working channel offers you the freedom to select from EndoTherapy devices like the dedicated 22G, 21G, or 19G EBUS-TBNA needles.

Ultrasound Processor EU-ME 2

The EU-ME2 high-quality, high-resolution, compact ultrasound processor enables integration with conventional endoscopy on a single workstation. Its advanced features include Tissue Harmonic Echo (THE), Contrast Harmonic EUS (CH-EUS), and Elastography.

A Needle for Every Situation

Olympus offers a 19G EBUS-TBNA needle in addition to the 21G and 22G needles. But now the second generation of EBUS needles, ViziShot 2, are also available. While the entire portfolio offers the already established safety mechanisms and excellent ultrasound visibility, Olympus now provides a needle for every situation – expanding your possibilities in EBUS-TBNA.

ViziShot 2 FLEX 19G – Advancing Histology Sampling in EBUS-TBNA

Improved sample size for enhanced diagnostic capabilities and targeted lung cancer therapy.

Key Evidence and Benefits:

  • Improving tissue quantity 2,3 – Safely getting the right diagnosis 4
  • High needle flexibility – Easy access to challenging lymph nodes and stations 4
  • Puncture with confidence – Clear ultrasound visibility and high user satisfaction 5

The Olympus EBUS Solution – Supporting Reliable Staging and High Yield

EBUS-TBNA has proven to be of great value not only for lymph node staging (N-staging) but also for the strategic use of cytology and histology samples for molecular analysis. The acquired specimen can be used to obtain a reliable diagnosis as well as for cell-block preparation, immunochemistry, and molecular studies.

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Clinical Evidence

Further clinical references and abstracts are available in the download section.

  1. 1.Combined endobronchial and esophageal endosonography for the diagnosis and staging of lung cancer: European Society of Gastrointestinal Endoscopy (ESGE) Guideline, in cooperation with the European Respiratory Society (ERS) and the European Society of Thoracic Surgeons (ESTS) Endoscopy 2015; 47(06): 545–559 Peter Vilmann, Paul Frost Clementsen, Sara Colella, Mette Siemsen, Paul De Leyn, Jean-Marc Dumonceau, Felix J. Herth, Alberto Larghi, Enrique Vazquez-Sequeiros, Cesare Hassan, Laurence Crombag, Daniël A. Korevaar, Lars Konge, Jouke T. Annema
  2. 2.Advancements in lung cancer diagnosis and treatment CHEST Annual Meeting, Los Angeles, 2016 Parthiban, S et al.
  3. 3.Endobronchial Ultrasound-Guided TBNA (EBUS-TBNA) with a 19 Gauge Needle – First Experience American Thoracic Society International Conference, Denver, 2015; B103 Herth, FJF et al.
  4. 4.Flexible 19 Gauge Endobronchial Ultrasound-Guided Transbronchial Needle Aspiration – First Canadian Experience American Thoracic Society International Conference, Denver, 2015; B42 Tyan, C et al.
  5. 5.A Novel Flexible 19G EBUS-TBNA Needle: Absolute and Relative Performance in Patients European Respiratory Journal, 2016; 48: 6 Sczaniecka, A et al.


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