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Minimally Invasive

September 20, 2013

The videoscopeIn the September issue of the Journal of Clinical Periodontology, NIDCR grantees describe for the first time their second-generation videoscope to provide more reliable imaging during minimally invasive periodontal surgery. The researchers explained their technological challenge, “When a videoscope is placed directly into a periodontal surgical site without provision to protect the optics, the lens will quickly become fouled with blood, water spray, and tissue debris.” The solution? Integrate a gas-shielding technology into the videoscope.

They explained, “This device passes a low-pressure stream of gas over the end of the videoscope. The flow of gas creates a “shield” over the optics of the videoscope that deflects splatter and prevents fogging and fouling of the optics.”

The initial clinical study of the videoscope remains ongoing. But its preliminary six-month data appear to show an improvement in the periodontal health status of patients treated with the device.

The study is titled, “A videoscope for use in minimally invasive periodontal surgery.” The article appears in the September issue of the Journal of Clinical Periodontology, and the authors are Stephen K. Harrel, Thomas G. Wilson, Jr., and Francisco Rivera-Hidalgo.

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