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Endoscope Navigator

Technology #11188n

Market Opportunity

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. Colonoscopy is one of the most frequently performed but also one of the most technical 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 colonoscopic examination involving caecal intubation (the final landmark) occurs in approximately 85% of the time in most endoscopic units and the loops are incorrectly diagnosed by the colonoscopist up to 70% of the time.


Technology

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. 

Category

Medical devices

Stage of Development

TRL4

Application

Endoscopy

Advantages

·  Independent of the current endoscopic systems.

·  Provides real-time spatial orientation of the endoscope

·  Reduces patients’ discomfort.

·  Reduces procedural time.

·  Reduce side effects and complications

·  Increase diagnosis accuracy