invendo medical, a company with offices in Garden City, NY and Kissing, Germany, has announced that it received FDA clearance for and begun installing its invendoscope colonoscopy system in the U.S. Already being used at the NYU Langone Medical Center and New York-Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Medical Center, the C20 and single use SC20 colonoscopes use an interesting way to extend themselves so that the tube itself is not pushed or pulled through the colon. The outer surface of the tube stays put while the tip is advanced with the tube’s interior as it extends to elongate itself.
The invendoscope also features a working channel for performing biopsies and polypectomies , and the robotically powered system is controlled using a handheld device.
From the product page:
Highly flexible materials are being used to ensure a small bending diameter of the endoscope. In addition the electrohydraulic deflection mechanism of the endoscope tip obviates the need to use Bowden cables, and thus maintains the flexibility.
Resource-intensive and critical cleaning processes of the endoscope are avoided as the invendoscope is designed for single-use only.
All endoscope functions including forward and backward driving, deflection of endoscope tip, rinsing, suction, insufflation and recording of images are controlled via a simple handheld device.
Product page: invendoscope SC20…