Pentax Medical America has obtained US FDA 510(k) clearance for two of its latest innovations: the Pentax Medical Inspira, a 4K video processor, and the i20c video endoscope series.

Developed with a focus on the needs of healthcare providers, the new video processor upgrades Pentax Medical endoscope models to the latest crystal-clear imaging to raise standards in endoscopy. The 4K video processor and endoscope series will become commercially available in October 2023.

The Pentax Medical Inspira video processor is controlled via a customizable touch panel, equipped with image enhancement functionalities and 4K image processing. Engineered with two connection types, it allows users to fully utilize the range of the Pentax Medical endoscopy portfolio to build a highly customized fleet. The feature extends the lifecycle of each endoscope for greater sustainability and economic savings while continuing to meet the highest standards of modern imaging, including the option of 4K visualization, according to the company.

The Pentax Medical Inspira video processor also includes the acclaimed i-SCAN post-processing image enhancement technology. i-SCAN provides an enhanced view of the mucosal surface and blood vessels.

The unique control body of the i20c endoscopes is engineered to fit comfortably into each endoscopist’s grip with improvements to weight, positioning of buttons, and access to angulation wheels, among other control body changes. i20c endoscopes also utilize Pentax Medical insertion tube technology with the addition of an adjustable stiffener. These dynamic insertion tube tools facilitate maneuverability as physicians move through challenging anatomies. To further improve clinical access, the standard i20c colonoscope (EC38-i20cL) also includes a 210° Retroview function.

“The Pentax Medical Inspira video processor and i20c Endoscopes are a milestone for endoscopy in the United States,” said David Harrison, president of Pentax Medical Americas. “This platform not only addresses current ergonomic needs but sets future standards in the endoscopy workflow that will ultimately strengthen the provider and patient experience. Together, the system empowers endoscopists with the economic flexibility, a 4K imaging option, and maneuverability tools they need to improve patient care.”