Ear, nose and throat specialists at Sanford
Health in Sioux Falls are the first in the nation to use the ENT-7000 Video
Laryngoscope from Vision Sciences. The device allows pediatric
physicians to easily gain an improved view with maximized patient comfort
during diagnostic procedures.
“When we’re working with children, especially in areas like the throat, ears
or nose, it can be very difficult to see in those tight spaces,” said Patrick
Munson, MD, Sanford pediatric ear, nose and throat specialist. “For example,
this gives me a chance to examine a child’s throat to find the source of an
issue without surgery and without additional discomfort from a larger or more
The ENT-7000 video flexible laryngoscopy is just 2.4 millimeters in size,
currently the smallest on the market, to ensure the patient is comfortable
during the examination. On the other end, the video output is high-resolution
imaging to give physicians a vivid view.
During a laryngoscopy, the flexible scope is inserted through a nostril or
the mouth, allowing the doctor to examine the throat area using the
display. Laryngoscopes are used to diagnose and treat a series of head
and neck disorders including acid reflux, swallowing conditions, sinusitis,
hoarseness, chronic cough, sleep apnea and head and neck cancer.
Vision Sciences unveiled the ENT-7000 in late September 2014.