The diagnosis and treatment of many diseases depends on endoscopes. The evolution of these instruments is now hundreds of years in the making, and novel technologies offer many patients the promise of minimally invasive solutions to almost any surgical disease.
FAMIS recently sponsored a one-year evaluation of over a thousand patients to compare the durability and performance of digital endoscopes. New digital "distal-sensor" endoscopes use computer chips to provide remarkable images of patient anatomy. Prior fiberoptic systems, in contrast, relied on fragile glass fibers.
FAMIS-supported research has convincingly demonstrated that distal sensor endoscopes provide surgeons with superior images and the ability to perform minimally invasive procedures with higher accuracy. This data was reported at the national and international urological conferences, and it led to numerous publications in top peer-reviewed journals.