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    AUA 2013: Cook launches cost-effective endoscopic system

    Cook Medical has launched what the company is calling a new cost-effective endoscopic option for urologists. The Flexor Vue Deflecting Endoscopic System is used during urologic procedures to access and visualize body cavities or organs.

    The Flexor Vue is two products in one. The disposable, sterile sheath is designed for one-time use only, which decreases the risk of patient-to-patient contamination, and the visualization source is reusable up to 10 times if it is properly cared for, according to Cook, which introduced the Flexor Vue at this week’s AUA annual meeting.

    Although not a replacement for an endoscope in every case, the Flexor Vue gives physicians the ability to manage a stone case with only Cook products. It can also be used in other kidney and bladder procedures. The system is available at all times when an elaborate cystoscopy or ureteroscopy is not required. For some facilities, the Flexor Vue provides an opportunity to expand their procedural capabilities without incurring capital equipment costs.

    “We believe the Flexor Vue will support physicians in many cases,” said Jean-Marc Creissel, of Cook’s Urology division. “The system ensures that they will not have to reschedule procedures because their scope breaks or isn’t sterile. The Flexor Vue is convenient, disposable, and could improve patient safety by preventing patient-to-patient contamination.”

    The Flexor Vue is now available in the United States and Europe. It will be launched in several other markets in the coming months.

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