Double-balloon endoscopy

A two-balloon system that revolutionised the world, providing an unparalleled level of detail to this day.

In 2004, double-balloon endoscopy (DBE) allowed Fujifilm to turn a long-held dream into reality: the possibility of examining and treating the entire small intestine without having to operate. The method is as simple as it is inspired: in line with the push-and-pull principle, two balloons are inflated independently of each another and are used to examine the small intestine in steps of approx. 40 cm. In this way, an innovative idea spawned a double-balloon endoscopy system which is still without match globally.

DBE remains the gold standard

The minimally invasive examination of the entire small intestine using the double-balloon method is a milestone in the field of endoscopy. It took hardly any time to become widely established: in Germany alone, more than 150 clinics are equipped with the DBE system and have already performed thousands of double-balloon endoscopies. You, too, can rely on the expertise, skill and quality that can only be supplied by Fujifilm, the developers and researchers of this pioneering method.

As a visionary manufacturer of medical technologies, Fujifilm supported the inventor of the double-balloon method, Dr. H. Yamamoto, from the very beginning and worked with him constantly on further developing his clinical revolution. Today, Fujifilm offers you technology that has fully matured over more than three generations – something no other manufacturer can provide. The balloons and overtubes have been steadily refined, made ever more precise and adapted to new requirements. As a result, users benefit from the perfect and simple positioning of the endoscope in the small intestine, a reliable diagnosis and speedy treatment.

Three time more effective than a single balloon

Only when a demonstrably complete enteroscopy has been performed can it be guaranteed that the entire small intestine has been examined. This is important when it comes to ruling out diseases in the deeper regions of the bowel, determining the extent of a condition and performing interventional procedures. As a rule, complete enteroscopy is carried out using a combination of antegrade and retrograde approaches.

In a multicentric prospective study undertaken by the Dr. Horst Schmidt Clinics, it has now been demonstrated that Fujifilm’s method of double-balloon endoscopy (DBE) achieves complete enteroscopy three times more frequently than the single-balloon method used as a basis for comparison.

‘The double-balloon enteroscopy system from Fujifilm must still be considered the gold standard,’ summarised Dr Andrea May during a presentation at the DDW 2009 in Chicago.

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