Archive Gastroenterology 2019

Must-See Products

At Digestive Disease Week The latest and greatest from the world of GI companies.

Jim Burger

Jim Burger, Senior Editor


The cavernous exhibit hall at last year's Digestive Disease Week in Washington, D.C., was filled with bright lights, bright people and bright new products. Here are some of the innovations that caught our eye when we visited the booths of more than 280 exhibitors showcasing their latest products and services. OSM

Ambu | Invendoscope SC210

Ambu may have found a winning formula with its new single-use disposable colonoscope. Unlike previous iterations of disposable colonoscopes, which could add complexity and costs to procedures, the Invendoscope SC210 provides a high-definition image and, at $300 to $350 each, may be very cost-effective.

The price, a company rep points out, may actually be comparable with reprocessing expenses, when you factor in the personnel, chemicals, personal protective equipment, culturing and repair costs associated with scope reprocessing.

The question is whether physicians will accept the new scope. Ambu thinks it's addressed that issue with a device that's designed to be light and ergonomic, easy to manipulate and easy to withdraw.

Above all, it frees users from any worries about cross-contamination. As a potential augment to a facility's supply of reusable scopes, it's a natural for patients who test positive for C. diff or other antibiotic-resistant infections, as well as those with compromised immune systems. And, as the rep points out, if you switch to disposable scopes toward the end of the work day, you might be able to send your reprocessing techs home earlier.

Aries Pharmaceuticals | Eleview

Resection is easier when the target lesion in the GI tract is given a good lift. That's the idea behind Eleview, a pre-mixed submucosal injection that's packaged in 10 mL "per-procedure" ampules.

When injected into the submucosa, the composition forms a cushion of optimal shape and height, says the company, to facilitate the safe and easy removal of polyps, adenomas and other lesions.

It also provides a longer lasting lift — up to 45 minutes, says the company — than you'd get with saline alone, or with saline mixed with methylene blue, so fewer reinjections are needed during the procedure.

Additionally, the 10 mL ampules mean no more mixing of saline and methylene blue by the pharmacy, and likely less waste, as a result.

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