TipCAT is a transformation self-propelled, flexible, and semi-disposable endoscope providing see & treat capabilities within tubular lumens in the human body such as the colon, blood vessels, and the urinary tract.
Its locomotion mechanism is perfectly suitable to navigate and crawl through a natural tubular lumen, applying the minimal necessary pressure to achieve the adequate friction required for gentle, fast, and safe advancement within the human body.
Tip Catheter Colonoscope (TCC)
Annually, between 15 and 20 million endoscopy procedures are conducted with reusable endoscope devices to screen various components of a patient’s GI tract in the USA. 2
However, approximately 30% of polyps are missed during Standard Colonoscopy (SC), e.g., due to polyps hidden behind colon folds and flexures 1, and in addition the reported incidence of bacteremia after colonoscopy, with or without biopsies and polypectomies, reaches up to 25% 3. There is also a growing shortage of gastroenterologists and increasing patients volume affecting screening capacity for colorectal cancer 2.
The Tip Catheter Colonoscope (TCC) innovation is driven by two proprietary concepts:
- A unique automated self-propulsion mechanism, designed to reduce pain and discomfort and has the potential to increase patient acceptance. In addition, this mechanism will allow s a Physician Assistant (PA) to perform the insertion, while a GI specialist performs diagnosis and polyp removal, delivering more efficient and effective way to treat the growing number of patients.
- The breakthrough semi-disposable design will facilitate any high quality imaging technology on the market while allowing the accessibility for both diagnostic and treatment tools, while eliminating the need for cleaning / reprocessing of the colonoscope.
- Presentation Abstract, 2013 UEGW (Abstract # OP286).
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- American Journal of Infection Control ,V(6)41, June 2013, Pages S24, 40th Annual Conference Abstracts, APIC 2013, Ft Lauderdale, FL APIC 40th Annual Conference, http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/journal/01966553