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March 14, 2009

Mtg: A Novel Technology to Improve the Effectiveness of Colonoscopy

by @ 9:10 am. Filed under ALL, BioEngineering, Electronics Design

WEDNESDAY March 18, 2009
SCV Engineering in Medicine and Biology Chapter
Speaker: Lex Bayer, VP of Product Development, Avantis Medical Systems
Time: Presentation at 7:30 PM
Cost: none — Optional Dinner, NEW LOCATION: Nexus Cafeteria in the Clark Center, 6:15 pm (no host, no reservations)
Place: Clark Center auditorium, Stanford University
RSVP: not required

Colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in the United States. Adults 50 years of age and older are advised to routinely undergo colorectal cancer screening as a preventative measure. Much literature has been published demonstrating that the traditional colonoscopy procedure misses a significant percentage of lesions and cancers.
The Avantis Medical Systems 3rd eye Retroscope was developed as an adjunct product designed to improve the diagnostic yield of colonoscopy procedures. The device is a miniature disposable imaging device that illuminates and delivers a continuous retrograde view of the colon. It allows the physician to look behind the folds and flexures in the colon to find lesions that might otherwise be hidden. A second video processor ties in with the main colonoscope camera system to provide a split screen showing a simultaneous forward and rear views to create a 360 degree view of the colon. The device employs novel techniques in the field of image sensors, optics, image processing, and catheter design. Research and development of the Third Eye Retroscope and published clinical results will be presented. In addition, an overview of recent technological advancements in the field of colonoscopy will be discussed.

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