Cook Medical designed first high definition endoscopic ultrasound technology


Cook Medical, the only full-line supplier of endoscopic medical devices, has designed a complete line of high-definition EUS biopsy needles that are up to three-times brighter than others on the market. Physicians can now provide potentially safer and more accurate diagnostic procedures with the first and only high-definition endoscopic ultrasound (EUS) needle technology.


John M. DeWitt, MD, Indiana University-Purdue University, Indianapolis said, This needle is very high contrast and easy to see within targeted lesions. This permits confidence for the endosonographers that the lesion is being accurately targeted.

During an EUS procedure, the endosonographer inserts an endoscope, which has a small ultrasound transducer at its tip, through the patient's mouth into the esophagus, facilitating imaging from within the GI tract. EUS also enables tissue sampling through fine needle aspiration (FNA), a safer and less invasive alternative to open surgical biopsy. Under ultrasound guidance, a special needle inserted in the endoscope collects cells from targeted sites.

Barry Slowey, vice president of Global Sales and Marketing for the Endoscopy strategic business unit of Cook Medical said, Cook is the proven leader in the nearly twenty-year-old EUS market, offering the most advanced and widest variety of exclusive endoscopic devices. We believe the improved visibility experienced with the EchoTip Ultra with HDFNA represents the next generation of EUS devices.