SAN ANTONIO, TX–(Marketwire – 10/19/10) – Avantis Medical Systems, Inc., a technology leader in developing novel catheter-mounted digital imaging devices, today announced three new publications validating the use of the Third Eye® Retroscope® during colonoscopy procedures for increased detection of adenomas and other polyps. The data were presented at the American College of Gastroenterology (ACG) Annual Scientific Meeting and Postgraduate Course taking place in San Antonio, TX, from October 15 through October 20, 2010. Avantis Medical is exhibiting at booth #1220.
Peter D. Siersema, MD, PhD of University Medical Center Utrecht, Utrecht, The Netherlands, Principal Investigator, led the podium presentation titled, “A Retrograde-Viewing Auxiliary Imaging Device (Third Eye Retroscope) Improves Adenoma Detection Rates (ADR) During Colonoscopy” (19).
The Third Eye Retroscope Randomized Clinical Evaluation (the “TERRACE” Study) was a prospective, multicenter, randomized, controlled clinical trial conducted by 21 investigators at nine centers in the United States and Europe. In the study, 372 patients underwent two complete same-day, tandem exams using a standard colonoscope with and without the Third Eye Retroscope. The researchers concluded that the Third Eye Retroscope, in combination with a colonoscope, significantly increased detection rates for pre-cancerous adenomas by providing an additional retrograde view of the colon.
“In a head-to-head comparison of Third Eye colonoscopy and standard colonoscopy, we were able to determine that the Third Eye Retroscope increases adenoma detection rates by a significant 23.2 percent,” said Dr. Siersema. “Incorporating the Third Eye Retroscope into colonoscopic exams can provide a powerful advantage for physicians and their patients in the fight against colorectal cancer.”