Video Borescope for Efficient Endoscope Reprocessing
The best solution for visual examination of endoscope lumens after reprocessing. Efficiently asses abnormalities within the channel lumen (moisture, soil/debris, blood, or simethicone) or those involving the channel wall (scratches, peels, discoloration, perforations).

Currently, rigid and flexible endoscopes, including gastrointestinal, urological, and respiratory endoscopes, are reused following cleaning and high-level disinfection. However, studies suggest that current techniques are not effective and cracks, corrosion, discoloration, and debris or organic residue often remain.
Author Cori L. Ofstead, MSPH, of Ofstead & Associates, Inc. found that "Even though top-notch methods were used, the endoscopes in this study had visible signs of damage and debris, and tests showed high proportions were still contaminated." All 20 endoscopes had visual irregularities, such as fluid, discoloration, and debris in their channels.
The American Journal of Infection Control found the need to visually inspect and verify cleanings to ensure that the endoscopes are free of damage and debris before they are used on another patient.
Using a borescope like our MICRON USB Videoscope in a 1mm or 2mm diameter to inspect internal channels is an additional step that ensures the quality of the endoscope's reprocessing program.
Both ST911 and AORN endoscope guidelines highlight the process with AORN stating that "Internal channels of flexible endoscopes may be inspected using an endoscopic camera or borescope. These units penetrate the lumen and allow for improved visual inspection. The units that we sell come in lengths from 1 meter (3.3ft) to 3 meters (9.8 ft) with a built in LED illumination system, so you can inspect a wide range of lumens.
Many facilities inspect their scopes periodically after the disinfection process is complete and the scopes are in storage. If issues are found the scope needs to be reprocessed again before use. By performing inspection at this stage, a facility can assess their internal drying practices and clearly determine whether their performance is adequate or not. According to SGNA, scopes must be completely dry prior to storage or should not be used on patients without being reprocessed again.
Other facilities perform inspection with a borescope after manual cleaning, prior to disinfection or sterilization. However, at this point the scopes are highly contaminated and completely wet internally. A complete drying procedure would need to be initiated after cleaning in order to properly inspect them using a borescope to get the best image from inside the lumen.
In using a MICRON USB Videoscope, observing things like moisture inside the channel, would highlight deficiencies in the drying process, retained lint/fibers would indicate that staff members are not using low or lint-free clothes, and visually observing gouges or scraping from tools would confirm heavily damaged Internal channels in need of repair/service, or new tools. As our Micron Videoscope is a USB color CMOS camera, you view the live inspection on a computer or laptop and are easily able to capture images and video to document each endoscope for your records.
All of these sources recommend using a borescope to inspect reusable medical devices after the cleaning process. Without this it is impossible to confirm that the lumens are clean. Using a device like the Micron USB Videoscope is the best way to inspect lumens, catheters, or even needles, to prevent infection in future patients.
What Makes MICRON a Product of Choice for Endoscope Reprocessing?
The Smallest CMOS Chip for the Best Image Quality
The outer diameter of the Micron probe is either 1.95mm (0.078") or 1.0mm (0.04"). Since these units are Videoscopes there is a color CMOS camera chip in the tip of the probe, the first 5mm (0.20"), and behind that a simple combination of video and light cables. This makes the main length of probe extremely flexible and not as fragile as an optical fiberscope. The color CMOS camera chip also gives you a much better image than what you would see with a fiberscope.
Flexible Configurations for Your Convenience
The standard length is 2 meters (6.5 feet), though custom lengths can easily be manufactured in the US, using very durable, high end components. The color CMOS video camera is either a 160,000 pixel chip in the larger 1.95mm diameter, or a smaller 40,000 pixel chip in the 1mm diameter. We also include an integrated LED light source, built into the video processor, which has a USB connection to easily connect to a computer, laptop or a tablet running Windows, to display the live image of the lumen, and allow you to easily capture images/video for documentation.
Sterilizable Insertion Probe with Protective ETFE Coating
Live video is captured at 30 frames per second and the focal range is from 3mm to 50mm, with a wide angle, 90 degree field of view. The probe is protected by an ETFE plastic coated sheath, and the camera chip has an auto dimming feature for the imbedded LED light source. The Micron USB video probe can also be soaked in a sterilizing solution, or gas sterilized to ensure continued safe use. You can also look at installing a third party clamp to position the unit on a table, and make inspections after cleaning quick and easy.
Look Inside of the Endoscope Channel
There are no fibers, and therefore no honeycomb image. The clarity is far superior to any fiberscope coupled with a camera unit that is on the market, especially in this smaller diameter.
Features You Can Relay On
Adjustable Viewing Settings
You can adjust the onscreen image color, saturation etc. using the viewer program.
Digital Image Quality
160,000 or 40,000 Pixel Color CIS CMOS Sensor
See Further
3mm – 50mm (0.12" – 2") Focal Range
Sterilizable Insertion Probe
Video probe can be Soaked in Solution or Gas Sterilized
Cross-Device Compatible
USB Interface Between Camera Control Unit and a Windows Tablet, Laptop and Desktop
Bright Illumination
Integrated LED Light Source Built into the Video Processor
Video Borescope for Efficient Endoscope Reprocessing
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