PatCom Distal Chip Endoscope

The PatCom Distal Chip Endoscope is best suited for the use in swallowing diagnostics (FEES) and in the ENT field. With the USB plug-and-play design, it can be used on a variety of platforms and devices without any additional software. The HD resolution allows for superb image quality. The endoscope is lightweight and built with an ergonomic design.

Resolution: High Definition

“High Definition” or HD resolution starts at a pixel amount of 720p vertically. This is also referred to as small HD. The PatCom Distal Chip Endoscope offers an HD resolution of 1280p x 720p. This enables a very sharp image and even the smallest structures, such as blood vessels and micro aspiration in the trachea, are clearly displayed. The high number of pixels allows for strong image magnification without losing sharpness. A 27″ monitor, also available as part of Acute Care All-In-One (AIO), gives you a superior image during your assessment.

Light source: Integrated and Long-lasting

The resolution is very important for a good image quality, but so is the light source of an endoscope. There are major differences in the design of the light source for digital endoscopes. The latest technology allows the PatCom Distal Chip Endoscope to have three LEDs integrated into the tip. These provide a 50,000-hour life span. The elimination of fiber optics throughout the endoscope results in a significant reduction in the frailty of the device. The integrated light source offers three brightness levels which are operated by pushing a button on the endoscope. An important aspect in the field of swallowing diagnostics: The light exposure of the camera can be switched between automatic and manual, so it ensures a clear view immediately after the “whiteout”.

Design: Ergonomics and Comfort

The design of the endoscope is very important especially for longer examinations. In swallowing diagnostics, for example, where an examination can last longer than 10 minutes, a comfortable posture and the weight of the endoscope is of high importance. Without a healthy, ergonomic posture, you run the risk of causing yourself physical injury. The PatCom Distal Chip Endoscope weighs just under 0.5 lb and is designed with a pistol grip handle. This makes it very easy to hold the endoscope with a healthy posture. In addition, the endoscope offers two control buttons right at your fingertips. These can be used to start/stop your video recordings and to adjust the light intensity. All these features make the scope especially comfortable for the patient. The small diameter of 3.2 mm is very easy to tolerate.

USB Technology: UVC for highest flexibility

In USB technology, “UVC” could be equated with “plug and play”. It means that the well-known operating systems Windows, MAC and Linux recognize these devices with UVC drivers without any further implementation steps by the user. The PatCom Distal Chip Endoscope is equipped with UVC technology. You can use the endoscope on any existing computer and with most of the video capture applications. The best combination for video capture, editing, and report generation is the “MediaWorkstation” offered by PatCom Medical. However, if basic functions are sufficient, you can save significantly on the investment. Due to state-of-the-art technology, the endoscope does not require an additional processor. It is connected directly into a computer via USB. This ensures the portability of the endoscope, especially for those considering Mobile FEES.

Software: User-friendly and Intuitive

    The “MediaWorkstation” software offered by PatCom Medical makes the PatCom mobile FEES system perfect for the clinic. The highest demands in swallowing diagnostics are served. The “MediaWorkstation” records video including audio. In review mode, the video can be played in fast forward/reverse, slow motion, and frame by frame for accurate evaluation. In addition, individual images can be taken from the video. These can be included in the integrated FEES report. Integration into the hospital information system (HIS) is also possible.

    Defer to your infection control and/or SPD for policies/procedures around processing endoscopes. Please contact your PatCom representative for additional questions regarding cleaning solutions. See above for a sample manual cleaning process, while following the manufacturer’s guidelines for proper immersion duration.


    Infection control and the proper cleaning of your endoscopes is crucial to prevent any cross contamination between patients. PatCom endoscopes can be manually cleaned via high level disinfectant by full submersion or insertion portion submersion. Thorough and accurate manual cleaning is the recommended method of cleaning as it is the most gentle cleaning process for the equipment. Our distal chip endoscopes are validated for use with Cidex OPA & Revital Ox Resert. Our distal chip scopes are also validated for use in the following sterilization machines and washers:

    • Sterrad 100S
    • Sterrad 100NX
    • Sterrad NX
    • Steris VPro Max
    • Steris System 1E

    Training And Education

    Representatives of the American Board of Swallowing and Swallowing Disorders (AB-SSD) and American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) Special Interest Group (SIG) 13: Swallowing and Swallowing Disorders (Dysphagia) developed a tutorial on best practice guidelines for FEES. In this tutorial, they suggest 6 steps to obtain FEES competency.

    1. Attend and complete an ASHA CE Approved External FEES Course or Internal Facility Mentored Training
    2. Take and Complete an Exam Based on the Content of the Course
    3. Passing and Handling Scope: Healthy Volunteers
    4. Passing the Scope and Performing a FEES Exam: Patients
    5. Mentor Assessment
    6. Indirect Supervision: Final Step
    With these recommended steps in mind, PatCom Medical Inc. collaborates with the world leaders in FEES education to assist you with training and competency. Link for the article:   Langmore, Susan E et al. “Tutorial on Clinical Practice for Use of the Fiberoptic Endoscopic Evaluation of Swallowing Procedure With Adult Populations: Part 1.” American journal of speech-language pathology vol. 31,1 (2022): 163-187. doi:10.1044/2021_AJSLP-20-00348

    The Service

    • Pledge to raise industry standard of customer service to new levels
    • 7 day technical support by phone, email and text
    • Remote access software service included
    • Free loaner during repair

    One of the the main reasons PatCom Medical Inc. was established is the desire to commit to a level of customer service that goes above and beyond what others do. The PatCom service concept includes a variety of more and less common elements that ensure our customers are able to perform their own work without interruption. However, it this the underlying understanding of everyone at PatCom to make our customer’s problems ours to solve that sets us apart.

    As responsiveness is a key element of good service we offer support 7 days a week by phone, email and text. We offer remote access service free of charge where we have the ability to take control of your Stroboscopy system’s computer to solve any software related issues within minutes.

    If your equipment ever needs to be serviced at our service center we offer free loaners during the repair process. To keep the turn around time itself as short as possible a US based service center is available. 

    There is a chance that you have existing stroboscopy equipment from a third party manufacturer. PatCom Medical is able to provide service for a number of systems and is able to integrate new equipment with what you already own.



      Resolution: High Definition – 720p x 1280p


      Diameter: 3.2mm


      Field of View: 110°


      Direction of view: 0°


      Depth of Field: 6 - 60 mm


      Articulation up/down: 130°/130°


      Computer driver: Plug and Play (no driver required)


      Operating system compatibility: Windows, MAC, Linux


      Handle: Pistol Grip

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