For many years, colonoscopes have been forward-looking devices that provided a single view of the intestinal lumen. The Third Eye Retroscope from Avantis Medical Systems changed that by having a rear facing camera that can allow a physician to see polyps hidden behind the distal side of the colon’s folds. But there are a lot of different colonoscopes out there and physicians have their preferred models, so Avantis has developed a clip-on device that turns just about any colonoscope into an imaging device with a wide field of view. The Third Eye Panoramic has cameras and LED lights on both sides of the clip which slips onto the tip of a colonoscope.
Moshe Rubin, MD, Associate Professor of Clinical Medicine, Weill-Cornell Medical College and Director of the Division of Gastroenterology at New York Hospital Queens, presented promising results of a feasibility study using the device along with a Fujifilm EC530-LS Slim Colonoscope at the Digestive Disease Week 2014. The Panoramic is currently under FDA 510(k) review and we’ll keep you posted once it comes to market.