Optical Biopsy Forceps
During a traditional colonoscopy or endoscopic procedure the physician inserts an endoscope into the body orifice and maneuvers the end of the scope to areas of interest. There is typically, at minimum, a white light and high resolution video camera on the end of the endoscope so that the physician can examine tissue close to the end of the endoscope. Endoscopes have what’s called a “working” channel, essentially a small hole which runs lengthwise in the center of the endoscope through which a physician can insert various tools and/or biopsy forceps. It is within this spare channel that the WavSTAT Optical Biopsy forceps are inserted and used. This process is the same as what the physician is doing today – we are not asking doctors to do anything different, other than notifying them that, at a particular tissue location, they do not need to take a physical biopsy they otherwise might have.
The WavSTAT Optical Biopsy Forceps easily attach to the WavSTAT Platform mobile console and are inserted in the working channel of the endoscope during examination. The forceps are similar to those typically used by gastroenterologists except that they include a light transmitting optical fiber running the length of the forceps. Additionally, the forceps incorporate biopsy jaws at the examination-end in case the system finds diseased tissue and a physical biopsy needs to be taken.
The optical biopsy forceps are single-use attachments to the mobile console and cannot be used more than once. The forceps are sold as a recurring revenue stream and can be envisioned as the "razor blade" to the WavSTAT mobile console's "razor".