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An Israeli company is at the forefront of technology that allows doctors to investigate the gastrointestinal tract for problems related to it without the need for discomfort during tests.
GI-View based in Ramat Gan has developed the Aer-O-Scope, a disposable and very tiny endoscope that features a camera for viewing of the colon.
As the device moves around the tract, doctors are able to get a high quality video of it for analysing and determining what may be causing the patient problems. It can also be used for early diagnosis of such problems as cancer.
"In this day, when you have miniature cameras in cell phones, and can conduct heart surgery via a camera in a catheter, why should one have to suffer a colonoscopy? There had to be an easier way,” said company co-founder Ben Goldwasser to Israel21c:
And after several years of research and development, Aer-O-Scope came about.
"Because the Aer-O-Scope is not pushed into the colon like a standard colonoscope but rather advances itself while assuming the shape of the colon," said Professor Nadir Arber of Medicine and Gastroenterology at Tel Aviv University who is on the scientific advisory board of GI-View. "It is likely less traumatic to the colonic wall and is expected to cause less pain," he has written.
Currently, the Aer-O-Scope is still in trial mode having been tested on humans. The company is looking to complete its trials with a view to offering it for sale to medical professionals.
For more information: www.giview.com