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Technology Overview

Colonoscopy is one of the most frequently performed but also one of the most technically demanding outpatient examinations. Due to the anatomy of the colon, the looping during insertion is unpredictable. To compound this difficulty, there are no obvious landmarks within the lumen of the colon. As a result, full colonoscopy examination involving caecal intubation (the final landmark) only occurs in approximately 85% of the time in most endoscopic units and this is not ideal.

The technology relates to a three dimensional compass system that indicates the direction and angle of the distal end of the endoscope. It provides real time orientation of the endoscope to aid surgeons in advancing and maneuvering during an endoscopic procedure.

Technology Features & Specifications

The technology consists of three dimensional compass systemsensors and communication units. The compass system visually indicates the degree of twisting and tilting at the distal end of the endoscope. The sensors and communication units are attached to the distal end of the endoscope and real time data can be obtained wirelessly from the distal end of the endoscope. 

Potential Applications

  • Endoscopy

Market Trends and Opportunities

The global navigation system market was valued at USD663.4 million in 2016 and is projected to grow at a compound annual growth rate of 6.9% by 2023. 

Customer Benefits

  • Independent of the current endoscopic systems
  • Provides real-time spatial orientation of the endoscope
  • Reduces patients’ discomfort
  • Reduces procedural time
  • Reduces side effects and complications
  • Increases diagnosis accuracy

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