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Thinking of Buying: Colonoscopes
The latest models help endoscopists visualize and navigate anatomy.
Eric M. Pauli, MD, FACS, FASGE
Publish Date: November 18, 2021   |  Tags:   Gastroenterology
BROADENING SCOPE Colonoscopies may be routine, but placing the newest colonoscopes in your endoscopists’ hands could help make their disease detection rates extraordinary.

Colonoscopes are the workhorses of endoscopy centers. When evaluating these products, focus on their reliability, image quality and features that improve visualization and navigation for the endoscopist. Let’s drill down further on the latest innovations you should look for and factors you should consider when building a fleet of reliable and top-performing colonoscopes.

High-quality video. As time has gone on, manufacturers have introduced additional features to colonoscopes to improve the quality of the images endoscopists view — which of course is the core diagnostic purpose of the scope. The latest colonoscopes come with CMOS video chips inside cameras on their tips that provide high-definition images and clear views of the colonic mucosa.

High-definition video is a valuable tool during colonoscopy screenings, but many high-end colonoscopes also offer powerful magnification features that allow endoscopists to magnify images up to hundreds of times with digital and optical zoom capabilities. For a routine colonoscopy, that’s probably not necessary, but if the patient has a tumor, mass, polyp or Crohn’s disease, the ability to zoom in and accurately target a biopsy or therapy to a focal area of abnormality is powerful.

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