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Fujifilm debuts first FDA-cleared dual channel endoscope for upper, lower GI applications

by John R. Fischer, Senior Reporter | October 27, 2021
Fujifilm's EI-740D/S dual-channel endoscope
FUJIFILM Healthcare Americas Corporation has released the first FDA-cleared dual channel endoscope for upper and lower gastrointestinal applications.

The EI-740D/S allows for a number of endotherapy devices to be used through its dual channel diameters of 3.7 mm and 3.2 mm. The 3.2 mm instrument channel provides increased suction action both with and without a device inserted into the channel. The water jet function helps with visualization in both diagnostic and therapeutic procedures and helps to flush the target mucosa and endotherapeutic device of the 3.2 mm instrument channel.

It is fully integrated with Fujifilm’s ELUXEO Endoscopy System and ELUXEO Surgical System, which has a 4K UHD and Full HD imaging platform for enhanced procedural workflow. This allows users to optimize their surgical suite space and aligns with new requirements issued by the American Board of Surgeons for endoscopy.

“The availability of the EI-740D/S significantly expands the capabilities of gastroenterologists and colorectal surgeons across a wide range of therapeutic procedures,” said Taisuke Fujita, vice president of endoscopy at FUJIFILM Healthcare Americas Corporation, in a statement.

Among the devices that can be used with the EI-740D/S are Fujifilm's ClutchCutter and FlushKnife. These allow for capabilities that range from marking to coagulation.

The control handle of EI-740D/S is modeled after Fujifilm’s 700 series endoscopes, which are designed to enhance comfort without interfering with control and to help reduce physician fatigue. The distal end portion supports easy insertion and device visualization, and the endoscope’s 210 degree upward angulation and short bending portion allow for precise maneuvering of the endoscope to observe and treat areas that are normally difficult to address. In addition, the EI-740D/S is equipped with Linked Color Imaging and Blue Light Imaging light mode options for enhanced detection and characterization of lesions and adenomas.

Apollo Endosurgery also helped develop the device to ensure it was compatible with its OverStitch Endoscopic Suturing System, which enables physicians to place full-thickness sutures from a flexible endoscope in advanced endoscopic surgery. OverStitch enables a secure approximation of tissue endoscopically and gives physicians access to less invasive solutions to treat defects in the upper and lower GI tract, as well as for advanced bariatric procedures.

Fujifilm Healthcare Americas Corporation was formerly known as Hitachi Healthcare Americas but took on its current name this summer following the transfer of Hitachi’s diagnostic imaging business to Fujifilm as part of a $1.6 billion absorption-type company split deal completed in March.

Earlier this month, it merged with Fujifilm Medical Systems U.S.A. into one enterprise that will also operate under the name Fujifilm Healthcare Americas Corporation. Along with endoscopy and endosurgery, the portfolio created by this merger includes solutions for digital radiography, CT, enterprise imaging, in vitro diagnostics, MR, mammography and ultrasound

Fujifilm will be showing the El-740D/S at the annual ACG conference.

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