Pentax Medical Europe Unveils Unique Duodenoscope with Disposable Elevator Cap

Endoscopy specialist, Pentax Medical Europe has gained CE mark approval for its new duodenoscope with a Disposable Elevator Cap – the DEC™ Duodenoscope.


Pentax is claiming this product as a breakthrough solution in infection prevention. It also points to increased operational efficiency in reprocessing, while ensuring reliable therapeutic performance.

The new DEC™ Duodenoscope (as the ED34-i10T2 will be known) was unveiled during September’s EUS-ENDO congress in Marseille.

The system combines advanced cleaning capabilities for infection prevention, with the added advantage of high definition (HD) image quality and procedural performance. The result is what Pentax calls a pioneering solution for diagnostic and therapeutic endoscopic retrograde cholangio-pancreatography (ERCP) procedures.

The DEC™ single-use, sterile, distal end cap is unique in the market. It responds to the need for single-use products in endoscopy as a result of increasing incidences of carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae (CRE) infections that may be linked to improper cleaning or disinfection of the elevator mechanisms of duodenoscopes.

Coupled with the cap, an improved design of the distal end of the DEC™ Duodenoscope allows easy access for brush cleaning with the exposure of critical surfaces of the device. The result is a decrease in reprocessing time with no compromise on the reprocessing outcome.

Company comments

Rainer Burkard, President EMEA, PENTAX Medical commented, “The new DEC™ Duodensocope is a world-first, combining high quality imaging and therapeutic performance with pioneering patient safety features to help reducing the risk of cross-contamination and infection. Simplified reprocessing procedures also help to increase departmental productivity for confident reprocessing. With patient safety and hygiene a key focus for PENTAX Medical, we are proud to introduce such an innovative solution to enhance infection prevention for improved patient care.”

Source: Pentax Medical Europe

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