KARL STORZ Endoscopy-America, Inc. launched the Flexible Video Cystoscope that offers the versatility of a flexible endoscope and the advantages of advanced distal chip technology in a device that offers image quality usually associated with rigid endoscopes.
Conventional flexible cystoscopes use optical fibers to carry images from the scope tip to the eyepiece, generating images that typically have a pixilated “screen door effect,” the company said. The distal chip design addresses this issue, and by placing the CCD at the scope tip, the company said it has the convenience of automatic focus and light intensity regulation. The need for a separate camera head is also eliminated.
The Flexible Video Cystoscope offers the security of an atraumatic tip, a smooth surface for gentle introduction and a 6.5 Fr. working channel to support use of a variety of instruments. The distal chip technology also provides a full-screen display, giving urologists a better overview of patient anatomy.