SpyGlass™ DS

Direct Visualization System

Early Cholangioscopy

  • First use of peroral cholangioscopy was reported in the 1970s
  • Adoption was significantly hampered over the next 30 years due to technical limitations of 'mother-baby' cholangioscopes including:
    – High repair costs
    – Limited steerability
    – Poor irrigation capabilities
    – Requires 2 operators

Development of the SpyGlass™ Direct Visualization System

Launched in 2007, the first generation SpyGlass System was developed to:

  • Overcome the limitations of traditional cholangioscopes
  • Provide optically-guided therapeutics for targeted stricture and stone management
  • Re-establish cholangioscopy and pancreatoscopy as a valuable diagnostic and therapeutic procedure
  • Allow a single operator to perform the procedures
  • Enable one physician to examine, diagnose and treat conditions such as gallstones and suspected malignancies of the biliary tree and pancreas

SpyGlass DS Direct Visualization System

  • Launched in 2015
  • Enables high resolution imaging and therapy during an ERCP procedure to target biopsies and fragment stones
  • May result in more efficient evaluation
  • May reduce the need for additional testing and repeat procedures compared to traditional ERCP
  • May enable patients to receive treatment sooner compared to traditional ERCP
  • Improved image quality with four times higher resolution and a 60% wider field of view*
  • Fully integrated SpyScope™ DS Access and Delivery Catheter (single-use scope) eliminates probe reprocessing and image degradation over multiple uses

Development Timeline

Graphical timeline representing the history of cholangioscopy