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Endoscope Visualization System Eases Colonoscopy Procedures

By MedImaging International staff writers
Posted on 06 Dec 2021
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Image: The ColoAssist PRO endoscope visualization system (Photo courtesy of Fujifilm Medical Systems)
Image: The ColoAssist PRO endoscope visualization system (Photo courtesy of Fujifilm Medical Systems)
A real-time graphical representation system assists endoscopists to efficiently and accurately maneuver a colonoscope inside the patient.

The Fujifilm Medical Systems (Tokyo, Japan) ColoAssist PRO endoscope visualization system is based on electromagnetic coils (integrated within the transceiver dish), which generate an electromagnetic field that is received by other coils incorporated within the dedicated colonoscope . The positioning data is then used determine the location of the endoscope's coil inside the patient and reproduce a graphical model of the endoscope, alongside the physicians endoscopic view.

Features include a user-friendly interface with an image centering function, allowing endoscopists to perform procedures without losing sight of the graphical endoscope position. ColoAssist PRO also provides a color graduation function that enables better identification of overlapping sections of the endoscope--such as loop formations--to safely maneuver the endoscope throughout the procedure, potentially avoiding discomfort for the patient.

“Colonoscopy can be complicated and tiresome for endoscopists, while it can also be uncomfortable for patients,” said Mat Tallis, European business manager at FujiFilm Europe. “ColoAssist PRO has the potential to increase confidence and efficiency of endoscopists, by enabling the identification of loop formations, enabling better decision making by the endoscopist, and subsequently reduce the patient burden during the procedures. It also has the potential to decrease the time needed for an endoscopy.”

“ELUXEO Ultra ColoAssist PRO offers the ability to maneuver the colonoscope more easily and clearly during the procedure, and I believe this is beneficial to maintain comfort and help reduce use of sedation,” said Robert Berger, MD, director of endoscopy at the Moncton Hospital (Canada). “In addition, ColoAssist PRO works well with the ELUXEO platform and CAD EYE, a colon polyp detection and characterization function utilizing AI technology, providing enhanced support to clinicians.”

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