EchoLaser systems allow safe ultrasound-guided micro-invasive thermal ablation treatments for multiple clinical applications.
EchoLaser is the first and only laser system integrated with a navigation, planning and simulation system. EchoLaser consists of an Esaote MyLab family ultrasound and a multi-source laser (2 or 4 sources): thanks to the ultrasound it is possible to diagnose lesions as well as monitor, in real-time, the correct positioning of laser light applicators and the safety distances to maintain from critical structures surrounding the tissue to be ablated thanks to a dedicated treatment planning software. Ablation is performed thanks to the laser and the optical fibers which transmit the laser energy into the tissues.
The proprietary planning and simulation software embedded on the EchoLaser systems was developed by Elesta. In case ultrasound machines other than Esaote MyLab family are already available, please visit the section Products->EchoLaser EVO on this website. EchoLaser system comes with a disposable kit of optical fibres designed with specific guiding systems and dedicated US software for the various tissues and anatomical sites. Elesta chose a prominent Italian design firm (Rezzonico Design) to develop EchoLaser. EchoLaser can nicely be placed on Esaote ultrasound models or on a customized trolley.
EchoLaser allows the following:
If required by the size or shape of the lesion to be treated, there is also the option of a multi-fibre approach. The laser energy is conveyed by the fibres simultaneously and, thanks to a synergic coalescence action, large volumes of coagulative necrosis can be obtained with perfect control of the borders, even in the case of large lesions.
- Option of treating lesions with a very wide size range (<1 cm with one fibre and up to 5 cm with FOUR fibres);
- Option of adapting the treatment to the shape and position of the lesion;
- Option of treating lesions in high risk position (due to close vicinity to vital structures);
- Positioning of the needles with less trauma for the organ, also with the option of multiple repositioning.
Ultrasound monitoring of the treatment
Ultrasound guidance allows the user to position several needles inreal-time quickly and safely, thereby reducing the operating times (with less stress for the patient, more economical treatments and more patients treated).
Micro-invasive technique with fine needles
The technique with very fine needles (<0.8mm) is completely non-traumatic and very well tolerated by the patient, ensuring fewer complications and side effects, a lower risk of infection and bleeding, fast recovery times and excellent aesthetic results without requiring anaesthesia.
Thanks to these features EchoLaser Thermal Ablation can be introduced in the sector of the micro-invasive techniques.
Disposable Optical Fibre Kit
The disposable optical fibre Kit contains a Chiba introducer needle (21G) with high echogenicity and a flat-tip optical fibre. The disposable optical fibre Kit, which is specific for each type of tissue depending on its location, has a colour code to help the operator to recognize it during the procedure. This is a patented kit.
Guiding Systems and dedicated Biopsy Software
The Guiding Systems on the Esaote probes have been designed for each kind of application to help the operator when positioning several fibres inside the lesion to be treated. The dedicated Biopsy Software for EchoLaser Thermal Ablation inside the US unit displays the guidelines on the screen for each different guide in order to allow for an evaluation of the best positioning of the applicator in reference to the size, morphology and position of the lesion.
Pre-treatment Planning Software
The Planning Software allows the operator to choose the safest needles insertion paths and the most suitable among various treatment options (number of fibers, pull-back number and applicators distance) for each specific case.
1./2. Disposable optical fibre kit
3. Pre-treatment planning for neck application
4. Pre-treatment planning for prostate application
5. Multi-needle guiding system for transrectal probe
6. Multi-needle guiding system for linear probe