EndoChoice has received FDA clearance for its Fuse endoscopy system and is presenting research showing that the device might reduce the miss-rate of adenomas during colonoscopies.
The flexible endoscope has three small cameras at its tip, giving the colonoscopist a panoramic view of the action. Where traditional endoscopes provide up to 170 degrees of forward vision, the Fuse provides a wide 330 degree view. Multiple imagers are integrated in the tip of the scope, making the panoramic view possible. Instead of fiber optics, it employs multiple LEDs, also integrated into the tip, to illuminate the field of view. This way, small adenomas that are located behind folds and might go undetected during traditional colonoscopy can be spotted more easily.
In a multi-center trial the system was compared with traditional endoscopes, in which colonoscopy was performed subsequently with the Fuse and a competing endoscope. Traditional colonoscopes missed 42% of adenomas, while the Fuse system missed just 8%. In total, the Fuse found 71% more adenomas than traditional colonoscopes. A similar gastroscope, expanding the view from 150 to 220 degrees, is currently pending FDA clearance.
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