Olympus Medical Systems has announced the commercial availability of its GIF-1TH190 gastrointestinal videoscope for endoscopy or endoscopic surgery use within the upper digestive tract.
The 510(k) approved, next-generation GIF-1TH190 provides physicians with the advanced resolution and enhanced imaging needed for screening and diagnosis.
The GIF-1TH190 is the first one-channel therapeutic gastrointestinal videoscope to offer HD observation capabilities and Narrow Band Imaging in a new, slimmer scope design, making it ideal for most upper GI procedures. The device features large 3.7mm working channel for therapeutic applications.
The HD and electronically enhanced imaging in the GIF-1TH190 offers sharper contours, more natural colors and greater resolving power for visualization of fine details.
Narrow Band Imaging provides contrast that may help in the interpretation of mucosal morphology, vascular patterns, and blood vessel appearance in patients with Barrett’s esophagus. It also provides nearly twice the viewable distance under NBI compared to previous-generation scopes.
The device features water jet, waterproof one-touch connector and EVIS EXERA III universal platform.
The forward water jet helps keep the mucosa clear during observation and treatment, while the one-touch connector simplifies the effort required for setup. The connector’s fully submersible design eliminates the need for a water-resistant cap and minimizes the risk of fluid invasion.
With its depth of field of 2-100mm, the device allows close examination of the mucosa without the need for magnification.
The decreased size of the imaging chip in GIF-1TH190 allows for a narrower insertion tube, while the larger working channel allows for the insertion of dilation balloons, ablation tools, coagulation probes and other devices physicians may want to use.
Olympus Corporation of the Americas Medical Systems group president Luke Calcraft said that the GIF-1TH190 offers superb diagnostic capabilities in a therapeutic scope.
"This allows physicians to use just one instrument to perform both tasks, creating procedural and cost efficiencies," Calcraft added.
Image: Olympus Medical Systems’ GIF-1TH190 gastrointestinal videoscope. Photo: Courtesy of PRNewswire/ Olympus Medical Systems Group