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by Dr Fleur James, Animalius, Bayswater, WA
The Olympus 190 system provides the processing power, light source and high-definition monitor that allows us to operate, view and record our endoscopies. It can be used with either flexible or rigid endoscopes and has been a critical addition to our practice.
What’s good about it
This equipment can be used for a multitude of situations. We can go into the gastrointestinal tract of a Great Dane, the urinary tract of a chihuahua, the nasal cavity of a cat or anywhere with a luminal access point. We use endoscopy as a minimally invasive tool for diagnostic and therapeutic procedures. One of my favourite procedures is the endoscopic removal of foreign bodies from a variety of different places—especially nose, oesophagus, stomach and even the lower urogenital tract of dogs.
Our hospital in Bayswater has only been open since February last year and this was a day-one item. This particular model is a new generation tower with full high-definition visuals and high-level processing, inclusive of narrow band imaging. We record all procedures on the recording computer that uses Austvet’s own software. That allows us to save both JPEGs and MP4s that can be shared with clients or referring vets. The information is also linked to the patient record through our management software system.
What’s not so good
It’s a big investment and if something breaks, our capabilities are limited for a period of time. Fortunately, the Austvet team and their ability to repair and service all portions of our units is fantastic. I can’t speak highly enough of them. This tower is not for everyone but as a small-animal internal medicine specialist, it’s an essential suite of equipment for what I do.