Circle Hospital first in Europe to use new diagnostic tool

Circle Reading Hospital has become the first hospital in Europe to use a state-of-the-art diagnostic device called mi-eye 2, enabling significantly quicker diagnoses compared to traditional MRI scans.

First developed in the United States by Trice Medical, mi-eye 2 offers a fast way to diagnose joint conditions affecting areas such as the knee, shoulder or hip. Rather than having to wait several days for MRI results, and have multiple appointments, the consultant can complete an assessment at the patient’s first consultation.

During the brief procedure, the patient can watch the results live on a screen while having an explanation from the consultant specialist.

The mi-eye 2 is a disposable in-clinic arthroscopy consisting of a needle with a wide-angle camera lens. It enables specialists to diagnose joint injuries in the clinic under local anaesthetic. It has proved to be successful in the United States, helping specialists to diagnose conditions such as cartilage defects, soft tissue injuries and arthritic pain.

A survey of 300 patients, commissioned by Trice Medical, found 86% valued a diagnosis within the first visit. Furthermore, 89% said they preferred mi-eye over an MRI scan, given the benefits of both. While MRI and ultrasound are excellent tools, Circle Reading Hospital is delighted to add in-clinic arthroscopy to its list of options for patients.

Mr Tony Andrade, Consultant Orthopaedic Hip and Knee Surgeon, introduced this innovative technology to Circle Reading Hospital and completed the first procedure in Europe on Friday 16 March 2018.

Commenting on the device, Mr Andrade said: “The mi-eye 2 provides a fantastic opportunity to be able to show patients what’s going on inside their joints and talk them through it live as you see the pathology. It provides a dynamic image of the joint. This is something that’s been needed for a long time to aid the patient’s understanding of their injury or condition. It’s useful not only for diagnostic purposes, but it also allows for the delivery of injections into the appropriate targeted area. It can currently be used in the knee, shoulder and hip joints.”

Charmian Blackadder, a patient at Circle Reading Hospital, had the mi-eye procedure on Friday: “I had an operation back in December but was still having some knee problems. I didn’t want to go through another general anaesthetic operation, so Mr Andrade recommended the mi-eye procedure would be a good option. I was a bit apprehensive beforehand and worried about the actual instrument going in, but it was absolutely fine. The experience overall was fantastic and I didn’t feel any pulling, tugging or pressure. Mr Andrade has now identified what we need to do next for my treatment. I would definitely recommend it to others.”

Private patients can now book their mi-eye 2 procedure at Circle Reading Hospital, if recommended by a consultant. Call 0118 922 0026 or email to find out more.


Circle Reading Hospital is part of Circle Health, a company that runs hospitals, rehabilitation and health services in the UK. Opened in 2012, Circle Reading Hospital works with some of Berkshire’s leading consultants and offers a wide range of services. This state-of-the-art building has five theatres, equipped with the latest technologies and an extensive rehabilitation unit. Circle Reading Hospital has 30 inpatient beds, 22 day case beds and 15 consultation rooms for outpatient appointments.

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