I think we can all agree that, although it is very important for early cancer detection, the colonoscopy is not the most pleasant medical procedure. However, in addition to being unpleasant, the current procedure has a number of drawbacks:
- The colonoscope can spread diseases between patients if it is not properly disinfected between patients.
- The colonoscopy procedure requires a lengthy learning curve
- If performed improperly the procedure can result in patient injury
- There is a danger of missing pathologies
GI View (Ramat Gan, Israel) developped the Aer-O-Scope to meet these challenges. The device is disposable and using proprietary tecnology provides a 360 degree view of the view.
The Aer-O-Scope is easily controlled by a joystick and moves inside the colon by gentle pressure and by controlling the pressure of inflatable balloons, thereby greatly reducing the risks of injuries inflicted by the colonoscope. It is CE marked and has received 510(k) clearance.
The following clip shows exactly how the Aer-O-Scope works: