Two new endoscopes featuring video imagery have now been approved for sale by the FDA.
The ENT (Ear, Nose and Throat) and TNE (Transnasal Esophagoscopy) scopes are the first two in the series of uniquely advanced digital endoscopy platforms to be introduced by Vision-Sciences. These lightweight videoscopes facilitate diagnostic and therapeutic procedures with the introduction of the world’s smallest diameter insertion tube that contains a high resolution, tiny CCD (charge coupled device) camera at the tip of the insertion tube, offering a sharp, high definition, vibrant full screen image.
Moreover, these advanced videoscopes are the first in the world that do not contain difficult-to-clean operating channels associated with scopes from other manufacturers. Instead, Vision-Sciences scopes are used in conjunction with the Company’s patented, disposable, sterile Slide-On(r) EndoSheath(r) technology that covers the entire scope. The proprietary EndoSheath(r) Technology not only isolates the endoscope from the patient, but contains a disposable operative channel, which eliminates instrumentation and patient tissue biopsies from coming in contact with the reusable scope, unlike when passed through the built-in channel of conventional scopes from other manufacturers. The EndoSheath(r) Technology eliminates the need for elaborate high-level disinfection between procedures, providing rapid equipment turnover, limiting capital investment for additional scope inventory, reducing exposure to toxic chemicals, and dramatically lowering repair and maintenance costs.
The ENT-5000 flexible video laryngoscope is inserted in the nose down to the throat, providing precise, vivid images of the internal structures of the nasal cavity, vocal folds, larynx and other areas of the throat. The TNE-5000 flexible video transnasal esophagoscope allows equally excellent visualization further down the esophagus and all the way down to the stomach. These advanced videoscopes will be used to examine patients suffering from various disorders, ranging from difficulty in swallowing (Dysphagia), difficulty in breathing, sleep apnea, asthma, chronic cough, gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), Barrett’s disease and symptoms of cancer.
Press Release: Vision-Sciences, Inc. Receives FDA Clearance to Market the World’s First Video-Based Advanced Endoscopy Lines for Use With its New Generation EndoSheath Technology
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