RF SYSTEM lab. (RF Co., Ltd. located in Nagano, Japan) is now announcing the concept and development of the next generation capsule endoscope, “Sayaka”. SAYAKA supersedes the basic technology of NORIKA3, the first "battery-free endoscopic capsule" announced to the market on December 2001. SAYAKA is the future of endoscopy.
The practice of conventional endoscopy requires expanding the gastric walls to view the affected area. In order to do so, the gastrointestinal tract must be either directly pressurized by air, or use the endoscope mounted "balloon method". These methods can be an uncomfortable experience for patients despite being performed with anesthesia. Without preforming this procedure, doctors are unable to properly diagnose conditions of the gastrointestinal tract. Due to the procedures required for conventional endoscopy, capsule endoscopy is rapidly becoming the viable solution for both doctors and patients. Capsule endoscopes greatly contribute to the diagnosis of the gastrointestinal tract. With both wireless capabilities and superior picture quality, capsule endoscopy gives doctors much more freedom then ever before. The wider use of a capsule endoscope, not only can make a patients' visit much more comfortable, but also lowers examination costs and offers patients emphasis for proper treatment. Finally, capsule endoscopes are designed to be disposable after the use, which eliminates any possibility of in-hospital infection that can be assosciated with conventional endoscopy.