Scoping Out the Endoscope

Posted on Monday, April 6, 2015 by Kimberly Versaw

Many people don’t like to think about an endoscopy or any endoscopic procedure but even less thought is given to the endoscope itself and what makes it such an exacting tool used to see where we normally can’t.  The cables we produce for this industry are used on the interior of the scope and run along the length of the insertion tube.  The cable provides power to the camera and lighting at the distal end of the scope and carries the camera signals back to the imaging process station.  These cables have to be very small in most cases due to the size of the insertion tube as well as have superior break strength and flexibility.  In fact not only does the cable have to fit inside but many times a working channel for biopsy tools and other guide wires to steer the tip of the tube to the areas of interest are bundled in the insertion tube as well. 

Certainly, the smaller the insertion tube, the easier the procedure would be.  In addition, this doesn’t only apply to medical application but also to industrial applications, where the tools is known as a boroscope.  This tool can provide 3D images of the interior of jet engines or inspection radioactive areas where human lives would be in danger and even used by Homeland Security for detection of WMD and other less benign items.

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