Leap is an endoscopic device that allows a camera view inside veins and arteries for the first time. This enables surgeons to visualize parts of the anatomy that are currently inaccessible with today’s imaging techniques.
Despite the ability to provide unique information, current surgical endoscopes are not widely used in angioscopy due to poor flexibility, a limited field of view and low resolution. At 1.35 mm in diameter, the Leap early prototype is small and flexible enough for use in a procedure such as intracoronary angioscopy.
Leap increases the information available to surgeons by enabling tissue classification or direct imaging of non-standard vascular occlusions. It is an inexpensive, single-use endoscope and can be operated from a standard computer, not relying on the availability of large and expensive operating room infrastructure.