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Archive July 2016 XVII, No. 7

Special Report From DDW: 7 Cool New Gadgets Your GI Docs Will Love

A gastroenterologist tours Digestive Disease Week's exhibit hall.

Seth Gross

Seth Gross, MD, FACG, FASGE


Dr. Gross

In sunny San Diego, gastroenterologists from all over the country gathered at the annual Digestive Disease Week to learn about the latest tools and techniques for treating GI disorders. Amid a busy schedule, I found some time to tour the exhibit hall to check out the latest technology, and l wasn't disappointed. From imaging options that can help providers catch more polyps to innovative instruments designed with a physician's comfort in mind, there are plenty of gadgets your GI docs will want to get their hands on. OSM


Moray Micro Forceps

US Endoscopy | Moray Micro Forceps
GI docs frequently complain that they don't have a more reliable way to take accurate tissue samples of lesions found in the GI tract, specifically from cysts found in the pancreatic head. Instead, most have to rely on aspirating the cyst with an endoscopic ultrasound (EUS) needle, hoping to capture a few cells in the fluid that might give them clues as to whether the cyst is benign, premalignant or malignant. The Moray Micro Forceps, though, gives docs a better option for diagnosing these cysts.

The first-of-its-kind forceps are inserted under ultrasound guidance and are just tiny enough to penetrate the lesion and take a bite out of its interior wall. The forceps' serrated jaws open just 4.3 mm, but they can effectively grab tissue samples, which provide a more accurate diagnosis than aspirated fluid. It's a single-use device and is compatible with most 19-gauge needles. After trying them out at the show, I found them to be surprisingly quick and easy to use.

Third Eye Panoramic

Avantis Medical Systems | Third Eye Panoramic
Though Avantis showed off its single-use Third Eye Panoramic device at last year's DDW, this year's brand-new generation is much more affordable and practical than its predecessor. Earning 510(k) clearance from the FDA just a few days before the show, the Third Eye Panoramic is a small, reusable device that can attach to virtually any colonoscope to give doctors a 330° view of the colon.

The device features 2 cameras on its side that help clinicians see behind the folds of the colon, where polyps tend to hide. In fact, in some studies the Third Eye Panoramic has been shown to help physicians find up to 25% more pre-cancerous adenomas than a standard colonoscope alone. The reusable option can be used in up to 100 cases and is simply tossed in the top rack of your automated endoscope reprocessor for cleaning and disinfection after use. It's a great option for those who want wide views during their colonoscopies without the capital investment of a fancy new imaging system.

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