Traditional colonoscopes are forward looking devices that dwell in the mysterious realm of irregular shapes and deep caverns. Because folds within the cavity often prevent seeing around the bend, Avantis Medical Systems introduced the Third Eye Retroscope that we wrote about last October. The FDA just gave approval to the device that attaches to colonoscopes and acts like a rear view mirror, helping to avoid missed polyps.
Features and benefits of the device from the product page:
During colonoscopy, the Third Eye’s unique “J” shape catheter design provides a retrograde view that complements the forward view of the colonoscope. Innovative chip-on-catheter-tip design with high quality video imaging provides superior visualization. An integrated light source on the catheter provides illumination without the need for a costly additional external light source. Retrograde view reveals areas behind folds in the colon wall. Improving detection rates is a goal shared by all of the major gastroenterology organizations. Retrograde view may minimize manipulation required to view areas behind folds. Activating a foot pedal captures still images from both the forward and retrograde views simultaneously. Third Eye catheter fits through the working channel of most colonoscopes. Third Eye video processor and monitor integrate with standard colonoscopy systems and display both forward and retrograde views on the same monitor.
Click on any of the below videos to see the Third Eye in action:
|Third Eye deploys through the Working Channel of a Colonoscope||Third Eye Withdrawal||Third Eye Finds Polyp Hidden Behind Fold|
Product page: Third Eye® Retroscope®
Press release: Avantis Medical Systems Announces FDA 510(k) Clearance for the Third Eye(R) Retroscope(R) for Improved Polyp Detection in the Colon
Flashback: It’s a Retrospectroscope… It’s a Rectospectroscope…No It’s Retroscope!