Ben-Gurion University researchers are working on creating an ingestible snake-like robot that can navigate through the small intestine for a robotic colonoscopy. The tiny, swallowable robot, deemed SAW (single actuator wave-like robot), moves in a wave motion and is able to move through the environment of the small intestine. “The external shape of the robot […]
Avantis Medical Systems said it brought in $4.8 million of a hoped-for $10.6 million debt round.
Sunnyvale, Calif.-based Avantis makes catheter-based endoscopic devices designed to detect and treat and gastrointestinal cancers, according to its website. It’s flagship product is the Third Eye "retrospect" for colonoscopies.
Under the terms of a new agreement Pentax Medical plans to commercialize its G-Eye endoscope in Europe, the Middle-East and Africa.
The endoscope utilizes Smart’s G-Eye balloon and the HD+ PENTAX Medical colonoscope in order to “centralize the image in the colon lumen and flattens colon folds, thereby providing enhanced visualization of the colon and enabling an increase in polyp detection,” according to a press release.
An FDA panel yesterday agreed that computed tomography colonography should be a screening option offered to asymptomatic colorectal cancer patients over age 50.
Israel-based Given Imaging is slated to roll out its next-generation PillCam, a capsule-sized camera device used to monitor various GI diseases, after winning 510(k) clearance from the FDA.
A pair of FDA advisory committees planned a joint meeting to discuss the pros and cons of computed tomography colonoscopy as a method of scanning asymptomatic patients for colorectal cancer, according to a notice in the Federal Register.
The FDA’s Gastroenterology-Urology Panel and the Radiological Devices Panel will join forces to advise the FDA on continuing regulation on the topic, meeting in a public forum open to "interested persons" who may present data and opinions, either in writing or orally during the meeting.
MASSDEVICE ON CALL — U.S. Senate hopefuls vying for a seat in the Massachusetts campaign agree on 1 point: opposition to the medical device tax. Both Reps. Edward Markey (D) and private equity investor Gabriel Gomez (R) expressed disapproval of the 2.3% excise tax on medical device companies during the recent emphasis on tax policy on the campaign trial this week.
MASSDEVICE ON CALL — Over-diagnosis – when patients are diagnosed and treated for conditions that will never cause them harm – is a growing problem that may have repercussions for patients and economies of care, Australian researchers said.
The researchers cited a Canadian study which found that almost a third of patients diagnosed with asthma likely didn’t have the condition. They also noted figures suggesting that 1 in 3 breast cancers detected through screenings may be over-diagnosed.