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National Study Presented at ACG 2008 Confirms New Device Functions Like 'Rear-View Mirror' to Provide Improved View of the Colon
Date:10/7/2008

Colonoscopy is widely regarded as the "gold standard" for detection of abnormalities in the colon. However, previous research has revealed that 12-24% of polyps and a significant number of cancers can be missed during colonoscopy. [1], [2], [3]

"Although colonoscopy is currently the best method available for colorectal cancer screening, we know that lesions may be missed, especially if they are located behind folds in the colon wall and behind flexures, or tight turns in the colon," said Scott Dodson, CEO of Avantis Medical Systems, Inc., developer of the Third Eye Retroscope. "The Third Eye Retroscope is designed to solve that problem by making it possible for endoscopists to see the areas behind those folds and flexures. Therefore, we are very pleased with the results of this clinical study. We are also looking forward to an upcoming revised FDA 510(k) filing, and the commencement of new, broader clinical studies of the Third Eye technology."

Used during colonoscopy, the Third Eye Retroscope is an auxiliary imaging device that provides a backward or "retrograde" view that complements the forward view of the colonoscope.

Developed by Avantis Medical Systems of Sunnyvale, Calif., this innovative new device is passed through the instrument channel of a standard colonoscope. As it emerges from the channel and extends beyond the tip of the colonoscope, the device automatically turns around 180 degrees to provide a retrograde view. The endoscopist observes the forward and retrograde video images simultaneously on a split-screen monitor while the colonoscope is withdrawn through the length of the colon.

According to Dr. Rex, in the 249 patients studied, 262 polyps were identified with the standard colonoscope. "However, using the Third Eye Retroscope in conjunction with the standard colonoscope, an additional 34 polyps were detected, including 15 adenomas," said Dr. Rex. "Also very importantly, in 11.2 percent of cases, at least one additio
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