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Notable support for PENTAX Medical’s world-class endoscopy solutions

Notable support for PENTAX Medical’s world-class endoscopy solutions

July 25, 2012

PENTAX Medical has been acclaimed for its complete range of state-of-the-art high definition endoscopic tools, which were on display at the recent Digestive Disorders Federation (DDF) Conference 2012, held at the Arena Convention Centre (ACC), Liverpool.
During the conference, PENTAX Medical hosted an extremely well-attended evening symposium - ‘Endoscopy and Early Neoplasia: Embracing the Future’ - chaired by Prof. Pradeep Bhandari and Dr. Matthew Banks. This was a highly educational event which gave delegates an insight into the recent advances in endoscopic diagnosis and endoscopic resection of early cancers.


Leading consultants talk at PENTAX’s symposium at DDF 2012


Pentax's symposium at DDF 2012


Dr. Matthew Banks, University College Hospital, London outlined his best practice for surveillance of Barrett’s Oesophagus. He clearly illustrated the advantages of the PENTAX ‘i-scan’ system, which through its ‘i-scan’ SE (Surface Enhancement) and ‘i-scan’ TE (Tone Enhancement) features allows for improved in vivo detection, demarcation and characterisation of Barrett’s Oesophagus.  Dr. Banks also presented his recent research that demonstrates how PENTAX HD+ endoscopes provide an enhanced resolution and visualisation of polyps1, leading to a significantly higher detection rate compared to alternative high-resolution endoscopes.

Prof. Dr. Ralf Kiesslich, head of the endoscopic unit at the First Department of Medicine of the Johannes Gutenberg University (JGU) in Mainz, Germany, presented on ‘Chemical to electronic to confocal imaging:  tips and pitfalls’.  Beginning with how to screen more efficiently using tandem colonoscopy and retroflexion, he went on to demonstrate, through video footage, the success of high definition endoscopy and chromoendoscopy to improve adenoma detection rates.  Prof. Kiesslich finished by showing how combining endomicroscopy with chromoendoscopy significantly reduces the number of required biopsies. Prof. Pradeep Bhandari (Queen Alexandra Hospital, Portsmouth) discussed endoscopic resection as an alternative to invasive surgery in the treatment of early gastrointestinal cancers.  Using videos to illustrate his techniques for endoscopic mucosal resection (EMR) and endoscopic submucosal dissection (ESD), Prof. Bhandari showed how western Endoscopists can make a gradual transition from EMR to ESD in a step-wise fashion by learning to perform a knife assisted EMR before moving on to full ESD. During the DDF 2012 conference, delegates displayed significant interest in the wide range of innovative high definition endoscopic imaging devices and their ease of use plus the best value solutions on offer.   These devices ranged from the PENTAX EPK-i5000 video processor, with its high illumination, HD+ resolution and advanced ‘i-scan’ image processing technology; to the PENTAX EC-3490Ti colonoscope with its 210° tip deflection for detection and treatment of polyps or lesions in hard-to-reach areas; and the PENTAX EC-2990i, the world’s slimmest HD+ colonoscope. “We were delighted with the response we got to our unique, high definition endoscopy tools. Delegates were able to see first-hand the spectacular imaging, which can make a real difference to the treatment of their patients, with faster and more accurate diagnoses for both routine use and more challenging examinations” said David Moore, Managing Director, PENTAX UK Ltd. “We are also thrilled with the support from clinicians at our symposium, as they are the essential and valued people who use our technology on a daily basis to improve their patient management.”


1. Banks, M.R et al. High resolution colonoscopy in a bowel cancer screening program improves polyp detection. World Journal of Gastroenterology 2011; 17(38): 4251-4348.


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