Tag: GI

PENTAX Releases IMAGINA LED Powered Endoscopy System

PENTAX is releasing its IMAGINA Endoscopy System in the U.S., having just received FDA clearance for the GI imaging platform. The endoscope sports two powerful and long lasting LEDs at the tip that do not require regular replacement, unlike traditional bulbs that can be costly to regularly swap for new ones. Given enough procedures, a […]

Wearables, Ingestibles, Invisibles: imec at CES 2020

The Belgian research organization imec has a dear spot in our hearts, as it helps to develop a lot of the technologies that power current and future medical devices (see flashbacks below). At CES in Las Vegas this year, imec’s Chris Van Hoof introduced us to the organization’s somewhat shifting focus toward wearable, ingestible, and, [& (Read more...)

FDA Clears First Completely Disposable Duodenoscope

A few years ago it was discovered that duodenoscopes, which are used in Endoscopic Retrograde Cholangio-Pancreatography (ERCP) procedures, were bacterial vectors, spreading disease between patients and even causing multiple deaths. This was due to insufficient processing, so some manufacturers put out devices that are easier to clean, while others (Read more...)

FDA Clears First Duodenoscope with Disposable Business End

Pentax Medical won FDA clearance for its ED34-i10T2 duodenoscope that features a disposable elevator end piece, making it easier to guarantee that the scope is properly sterilized between patients. This is the first scope of its kind, although we recently covered the clearance of ScopeSeal, a disposable device that snaps over a scope’s busine (Read more...)

Fidmi Enteral Feeding Device Prevents Dislodgement, Lets Patients Swap Inner Tube Themselves

Fidmi Medical, a company based in Israel, won FDA clearance for its new low-profile enteral feeding device. The product is designed to help overcome many of the challenges presented by percutaneous endoscopic gastrostomy (PEG) tubes, especially dislodgements and clogging of the inside. The Fidmi product can be delivered as the initial tube, as well (Read more...)

Ethicon’s New ECHELON CIRCULAR Powered Stapler

Ethicon, a part of J&J, just unveiled the ECHELON CIRCULAR, which the company touts as the first powered circular stapler specifically designed for colorectal, gastric, and thoracic procedures. The device features so-called “Gripping Surface Technology” that is supposedly more tender on the tissues being stapled, distributing forces (Read more...)

Shear-Thinning Gel Makes for Easier Polyp Removals

When removing pre-cancerous polyps from the colon, physicians typically inject saline into the tissue below the polyps to raise them and make them easier to access. However, saline drains away quickly, requiring precise timing and repeat injections, among other difficulties. Now, scientists at MIT have developed an injectable material that can be u (Read more...)

Diagnostic Pill Samples Bacteria While Traveling Inside Gut

The microbiome inside our gut contains a wide variety of bacterial species, some of which are a source of disease. Currently, only the lower intestine can be sampled non-invasively to learn about the bacterial flora within, so there’s actually little knowledge about what goes on higher up the GI tract. Researchers at Tufts University have [&h (Read more...)