A physician may routinely perform 5 to 10 endoscopic procedures every day. The procedure involves the insertion of the endoscope, a long, flexible tube, down the patient’s throat, into the oesophagus. A small camera at the end of the endoscope allows the physician to examine the oesophagus, stomach and beginning of the small intestine.

Endoscopies are a significant invasion of the body for many patients, and current technology increases both physician and patient discomfort. This process was initially designed to aid the diagnosis of various conditions of the gastrointestinal tract. Over the years, endoscopy developed into an interventional discipline, adding to the required skillset of a physician to manoeuvre the endoscope while inserting instruments through its working channel.

Physicians experience several challenges, such as vision loss of the target, poor precision control, and workflow disruption, resulting in frustration and exhaustion of their cognitive resources. That is why Dr Lee Swanstrom, a leading endoscopy physician, and the innovation team from IHU Strasbourg came up with the idea and design of AIDO. This product is the first of its kind on a worldwide market.