London’s King Edward VII’s Hospital has introduced LumenEye technology to assist in the diagnosis of patients with colorectal and gastrointestinal diseases.
The LumenEye device provides a digital alternative to the conventional sigmoidoscope – a lighted tube used to examine the rectum and sigmoid colon. It can be operated by a single doctor and used without anaesthesia, sedation or full bowel preparation.
Using a full-high-definition camera to create images and video of the lower gastrointestinal tract, it supports accurate diagnosis of bowel conditions as well as detecting polyps and conducting biopsies. It can also be offered as a less invasive alternative to bowel surveillance in patients following bowel surgery and cancer treatments.
James Kinross, consultant colorectal surgeon at King Edward VII’s said: ‘There has long been a need to re-design cancer pathways and modernise point of care diagnostics so we’re proud to be able to offer this technology at our practice at King Edward VII’s – the first private hospital to do so.
‘The LumenEye device is a really important upgrade to a 200-year-old instrument. It’s also an important teaching tool, as it improves accuracy of information collected and makes it easier to share this information with others. This aids us in driving innovation safely forward, as well as helping to standardise best practice and improving patient outcomes.’