US-based Cantel Medical’s subsidiary Medivators has launched JET PREP Endoscopic Flushing Device that clears and removes debris and obstructions from the colon during a colonoscopy, resulting in improved visualisation of the gastrointestinal tract and increased polyp detection.

The company said that colonoscopy is an effective screening method that can reduce deaths from colon cancer.

JET PREP is a novel irrigation and suction device, which offers an immediate solution with rapid and effective washing of residual stool particles.

Medivators Endoscopy business group president Don Byrne said: "Suboptimal bowel preparation substantially decreases colonoscopy effectiveness and often requires an early follow-up examination.

"This small device can have an enormous impact on improving colon cancer detection and saving lives."

"This small device can have an enormous impact on improving colon cancer detection and saving lives.

"Importantly, the JET PREP Device can reduce the cost of colonoscopy caused by poor preparation as it eliminates the need for repeat examinations."

Used in conjunction with a standard flexible endoscope, the JET PREP device cleanses the gastrointestinal tract both prior to and during gastroenterological procedures.

The device can also be used in cases of emergency colonoscopy, gastrointestinal tract bleeding, and food impaction.

The high-powered patented spraying feature of the device improves irrigation pressure needed to breakdown obstructions caused by food impaction.

According to the company, clinicians can promptly identify sources of gastrointestinal tract bleeding through simultaneous flushing and evacuation by using the JET PREP device.

A recent study conducted by R Kiesslich et al has demonstrated that the rate of missed polyps or lesions, both in the right colon where detection has been more difficult and throughout the colon, is significantly reduced when the JET PREP Device has been used.