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Boston Scientific's SpyGlass® Direct Visualization System Achieves Global Utilization Milestones
Date:5/4/2011

the SpyGlass System's launch in 2007, ERCP and traditional cholangioscopes were used to examine patients requiring diagnosis or treatment within the pancreatico-biliary system.  ERCP, a specialized endoscopic procedure performed with fluoroscopy, contrast injection and x-ray imaging, has conventional visualization capabilities limited to two-dimensional, black and white fluoroscopy x-ray images.  This can make it difficult to obtain accurate diagnostic tissue samples and deliver effective treatment.  Estimates indicate that approximately 70 percent of ERCPs performed using brush cytology result in the need for additional testing for a final diagnosis.  

Similar to ERCP, traditional cholangioscopes, while offering clinical utility, failed to gain widespread adoption as the technology was generally fragile, difficult-to-use and required multiple operators.  The SpyGlass System is designed to overcome many of these limitations by offering effective direct visualization of the pancreas and bile ducts with a robust single-operator system that allows use of both diagnostic and therapeutic devices.

International registry highlights benefits of real-time direct visualizationBoston Scientific also announced results of an international, multi-center registry of 297 patients who underwent cholangioscopy for stone therapy or investigation of suspected pathology with the SpyGlass System.  Results showed targeted biopsies using the SpyGlass System with SpyBite Forceps provided specimens adequate for histology in 89 percent of cases.  Results also demonstrated a 92 percent success rate in large stone management procedures.  In 29 percent of stone management procedures, the system identified stones that had been missed during initial procedures using conventional ERCP, further validating the benefits of real-time, direct visualization for stone detection.

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