Endoscopes in general can be tricky to clean, a serious problem in the industry, but duodenoscopes have something called an elevator that makes them particularly challenging to disinfect. The elevator is a moving component at the business end of the duodenoscope. PENTAX Medical, a part of HOYA Group, has announced receiving CE Mark clearance for its new DEC Duodenoscope, a device that features a disposable elevator cap.
The PENTAX DEC Duodenoscope has a disposable tip, so the most challenging area of cleaning doesn’t have to be cleaned anymore. The rest of the scope is still reusable, but it’s now as challenging to clean as most other endoscopes.
Pentax will be unveiling the device for the first time at the EUS-ENDO event in Marseille next week.
Innovative engineering from PENTAX Medical delivers a world-first combination of advanced cleaning capabilities for infection prevention, with the added advantage of high definition (HD) image quality and procedural performance in the new DEC™ Duodenoscope. It provides a pioneering solution for diagnostic and therapeutic endoscopic retrograde cholangio-pancreatography (ERCP) procedures.
The DEC™ Duodenoscope offers reliable therapeutic performance with unique and outstanding HD+ endoscopic image quality for routine and therapeutic ERCP procedures. Combined with i-scan and i-scan OE, detailed visualization of the mucosal structures is possible to support detection and characterization of lesions to help locate the minor papillae.