Ann Arbor BioTech Firm Unveils Endoscopic Measuring Device to Improve Colonoscopies

A biotech company in Ann Arbor has introduced a new endoscopic measuring device designed to provide more accurate polyp measurements during colonoscopies.
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Napoleon measuring device
Micro-Tech Endoscopy’s Napoleon measuring device is designed to provide accurate gauging of polyp size during colonoscopies. // Photo courtesy of Micro-Tech Endocopy

A biotech company in Ann Arbor has introduced a new endoscopic measuring device designed to provide more accurate polyp measurements during colonoscopies.

Micro-Tech Endoscopy’s Napoleon measuring device is a tiny ruler designed to sit next to a lesion in endoscopic view, which allows for more accurate gauging of polyp size. The procedure will help prevent an overestimate or underestimate from endoscopic visualization alone, say company officials.

Estimating the size of a polyp can have significant impact on the recommended treatment and follow-up.

“The Napoleon device is the first of its kind to allow an accurate measurement of various features under endoscopic imaging,” says Chris Li, president of Micro-Tech USA. “It takes away the guess work and allows the physician to feel more comfortable with polyp size assessment and surveillance interval recommendations, especially during training.”

Since 2000, Micro-Tech Endoscopy says it has been focused on creating top-quality products for endoscopic diagnosis and therapeutic medical devices that allow physicians to provide the highest level of care. By partnering with doctors dedicated to innovation, Micro-Tech says it is committed to bringing better devices to market, at an economical price, and without the burden of contracts.

“The idea for the Napoleon came from the realization that there is no way to accurately measure polyp size during colonoscopy, and surveillance guidelines are based on polyp size and number,” says Dr. Mark Pochapin of New York University’s Langone Health. “Using the Napoleon may help us improve our ability to estimate polyp size and more accurately recommend post-polypectomy surveillance intervals.”

Micro-Tech Endoscopy has operations in America, Asia, and Europe.

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