Pentax launches HD video colonoscope


EC-3490Ti enhances detection and treatment of polyps or lesions

PENTAX Medical has launched a new high-definition video colonoscope to provide enhanced visualisation of the mucosa.

The new PENTAX EC-3490Ti device is designed for the detection and treatment of polyps or lesions in areas that a conventional colonoscope can only reach with difficulty, or not at all.

This enhanced manoeuvrability is made possible by the unique 210° deflection ability and reduced bending radius of its distal tip.

Providing a combination of flexibility of the endoscope tip and stability of the endoscope body, the EC-3490Ti offers a valuable contribution to secure Endoscopic Mucosal Resection (EMR) or Endoscopic Submucosal Dissection (ESD). With a width of just 10.5mm, the distal end diameter of the scope is less than the diameter of the insertion tube, ensuring better stabilisation within the colon and improved patient comfort. Comfort is further enhanced by the ergonomic design and graduated flexibility of the scope, which also deliver excellent efficiency, accuracy and control.

Easy to use and manipulate, the new EC-3490Ti colonoscope has fully customisable buttons for individual usability. Furthermore, a large accessory channel and an integrated water jet system, with highly-accurate targeting, mean it is suitable for a wide range of treatments. Notably, the colonoscope has been found to be highly effective for use with patients with irritable bowel syndrome or Crohn’s Disease.

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Dr Jonathan Booth, consultant gastroenterologist at the Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust, said of the device: “The PENTAX EC-3490Ti is an excellent colonoscope for advanced work in difficult-to-reach locations. Its image quality exceeds my expectations and the new 210° distal tip angulation, in conjunction with the tighter bend radius, mean it has the tip control needed to easily carry out complex therapeutic procedures, including EMR/ESD. In addition, the scope is easy to retrovert, allowing easy visualisation of the rectum, improving adenoma detection in the colon and providing excellent visualisation of the mucosa."