Patent Number: 6,332,865

Title: Self-advancing endoscope

Abstract: A self-advancing endoscope (10) comprising an elongated flexible tubularmember (12) and an elongated channel (14) defined by the tubular member(12) and having a distal end wall (16). Piston means (22) are slideablydisposed in the channel (14) toward the distal end wall (16). Theendoscope (10) also comprises means (24, 26) for reciprocating the pistonmeans (22) such that the piston means (22) impacts the distal end wall(16) on an advancing stroke.

Inventors: Borody; Thomas Julius (New South Wales, 2046, AU), Stephenson; Peter (Queensland 4000, AU), Begg; John (New South Wales 2067, AU), Ayre; Peter (New South Wales 2067, AU)


International Classification: A61M 25/01 (20060101); A61B 001/01 ()

Expiration Date: 12/25/2014