The complexity of procedures performed by flexible endoscopy is increasing, leading to difficulty in managing the tools used for delicate interventional procedures. The endoscopist’s right hand must switch frequently between the shaft of the endoscope and tools inserted in the working channel of the endoscope resulting in inefficiencies and time loss.
AIDO is an invention from the IHU-Strasbourg, a Research Institute focused on image guided therapy. AIDO is going to simplify difficult endoscopic procedures, add precision and advance the frontiers of interventional endoscopy. When using AIDO, the hand does not have to let go of the endoscopic shaft anymore resulting in time savings and efficiencies . AIDO is a platform technology that will allow development of additional functions in the future, adapted to market needs.
AIDO optimizes the usability and comfort of interventional procedures with a plug-and-play device. It consists of a single use clip-on unit that is configured for all currently available endoscopes. This enables automatic insertion and fine control of instruments in the working channel of the endoscope. The speed of the insertion and extraction can be controlled with the speed regulator according to procedure and endoscopist’s preferences.
A working 3D printed prototype is available. Approximately 70 medical specialists already tested the device in a lab environment and the feedback was highly positive. The next step is looking for high scale production and obtaining a CE mark and FDA approval, so AIDO can be implemented in the clinical setting.