Reprocessed Colonoscope Improves Detection of Precancerous Polyps – Intensive Care
Image: The G-EYE mounted on a FujiFilm colonoscope (photo courtesy of Smart Medical Systems)
A balloon system attached to the tip of a conventional colonoscope increases the optical detection rate by straightening bowel folds and preventing bowel slippage.
The G-EYE endoscope from Smart Medical Systems (Ra’anana, Israel) is based on a permanently integrated, reusable balloon that is attached to the bending section of selected models from leading endoscope brands such as Fujifilm, Olympus and Pentax. The G-EYE transforms the standard colonoscope through a controlled extraction technique with a partially inflated balloon into a versatile high-performance device that straightens the austral folds. If stabilization is required, the balloon can also be inflated to anchor and stabilize the endoscope during the procedure.
By anchoring the balloon in the colon, the G-EYE endoscope can also allow for quick and easy deployment of proprietary NaviAid balloon devices and tools through the canal. The combined colonoscopic arrangement eliminates the need for complicated preoperative assembly and preparation and can assist surgeons in optimizing ultra-deep small bowel enteroscopy or two-balloon colonoscopy procedures while avoiding the limitations of other balloon inflation techniques.
“While colonoscopy has long been the method of choice for preventing and diagnosing colorectal cancer, it has been known that routine colonoscopy misses many adenomas,” said Gadi Terliuc, CEO of SMART Medical Systems. “Solid clinical data and close interaction with the clinical community will pave the way for widespread adoption of G-EYE technology in daily routine. We are committed to our mission to make the G-EYE a standard of care in colonoscopy. “
“I am now using the built-in G-EYE balloon to provide better oscilloscope stability during withdrawal and to increase exposure of the colon surface,” said Seth Gross, MD, clinical director of gastroenterology and hepatology at NYU Langone Health ( NY, NY, USA). ). “The effect of the G-EYE balloon has proven to be a valuable and innovative new tool for the prevention and early detection of colon cancer in clinical studies.”
Colonoscopy is the endoscopic examination of the large intestine and the distal part of the small intestine with a video camera or fiber optic camera on a flexible tube that is passed through the anus. It can provide a visual diagnosis (e.g. ulceration, polyps) and offers the possibility of biopsy or removal of suspected lesions. Virtual colonoscopy, in which images are reconstructed from computed tomography (CT) or magnetic resonance resonance (MR), is also possible as a completely non-invasive medical test, although it is not standard and is still being examined for its diagnostic capabilities.
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