Endoscopy has a long tradition. Today’s market is dominated exclusively by reusable endoscopes with complex designs which are expensive to purchase and maintain, as well as being notoriously hard to keep clean.

Despite the long history endoscope designs haven’t changed much in the past decades. As a matter of fact the endoscope is one of the few medical devices that has not undergone any serious ergonomic changes in over 40 years.

A sterile and single-use colonoscope like the invendoscope E210 is the simplest and safest solution to hygienic challenges and leads endoscopy ergonomics into the 21st century.

  • 1868

    1868: Adolph Kussmaul looks inside stomach for 1st time (tested on sword swallower)

  • 1932

    1932: Rudolph Schindler invents the first flexible gastroscope. He could examine the inside of the stomach through numerous lenses and a miniature light bulb

  • 1950s

    1950s: The gastrocamera allows recording of an examination on film

  • 1960s

    1960s: With glass fibers transmit light from one end to the other the era of real-time imaging began.

  • 2000s

    1970ss: In the 1970s fiberscopes were still state-of-the-art and the tip of the endoscope was controlled with Bowden cables connected to control wheels at the end of the scope.

  • 2010s

    1990s: Even with the introduction of videoscopes during the 1990s and the move to high-resolution camera systems in the 2000s the device design hasn’t changed much.

  • 2010s

    2010s: The invendoscope allows for sterile single-use endoscopy

View of the colon with the invendoscope C200 (standard-resolution optics):