Boston Scientific thinks that its endoscopic Radial Jaw 4 Biopsy Forceps, a device introduced back in July 2006, is better than all other similar products on the market. To its effect, the company touts the results of the study by Garth Swanson MD, et al from Rush University Medical Center that found that “jumbo RJ4 biopsy forceps improved tissue sampling in Barrett’s Esophagus compared to standard large capacity forceps.” The big idea behind the device is that it features a larger bucket and newly designed holes to allow mucus to flow from the tissue sample.
More features from the product page:
New jaw configuration is designed to provide:
Large tissue specimens for sample handling, preparation and accurate histological diagnosis Jumbo: More than 1.7 X the Jaw Volume of Radial Jaw 3 Large Capacity Forceps Large Capacity: More than 1.2 X the Jaw Volume of Radial Jaw 3 Large Capacity Forceps Consistent sample retention for precise sample identification Enhanced passability through tortuous anatomy Improved micro-mesh tooth design is engineered for a clean, precise bite New streamlined catheter is designed to provide the right balance of columnar strength and flexibility for pushability and control during scope passage New positioning markers are engineered to assist in the insertion and withdrawal of forceps to enhance procedural safety and efficiency Single-use design to eliminate the risk of transmitting patient-to-patient diseases
Product page: Radial Jaw® 4 Biopsy Forceps …
Study abstract: The Effect of a New Jumbo Biopsy Forceps on Tissue Acquisition in Barrett’s Esophagus (.pdf)