Medgadget reader Dr. Joel B. sent us a tip about a device from Israeli company G.I. VIEW Ltd. The invasive device is essentially a miniaturized, self-propelling, self-navigating and disposable colonoscopic camera.
Company describes two units of its system:
1. A multiuse workstation which provides the user interface needed to control the scanning device’s motion through the colon.The work station also receives and processes the transmitted data from the digital camera attached to the device, displays it on a monitor and records the data.
2. The Aer-O-Scope is a disposable scanning device, controlled via a supply and control cable connected to the work station. The scanning device is made of two main parts:
— A mechanical component which once placed in the rectum propels and navigates its way through the colon to the cecum with minimal interference by the workstation operator.
— An optical component that includes front viewing as well as omni-directional lenses which enable viewing of the entire colonic mucosa. Illumination is provided by white LED’s. The digital data generated by the optical system is stored in the work station.The images are then reconstructed to form of a seamless picture of the entire colonic mucosa.
Demo and info on the system at the company’s website…