Although colonoscopy exams prevent many colon cancer deaths and are the gold standard, for detecting colorectal cancers , the procedure is not completely effective in preventing cancer cases. For this reason, Upson Regional Medical Center has invested in an innovative technology that allows doctors to see nearly twice the anatomy seen with a traditional, forward-viewing endoscope.
The Fuse endoscope system uses three small cameras at the tip of a flexible GI endoscope. “Unlike standard, forward-viewing endoscopes that use a single camera, the Fuse system lets doctors see nearly twice as much surface area. It gives the scope peripheral vision,” said Darryl Knight, MD. “Fuse is all about seeing more of the GI tract. It projects the expanded view on three screens to give physicians previously unseen views, such as behind colonic folds and difficult anatomy.”
Standard, forward-viewing endoscopes provide up to 170 degrees of forward vision. The advantage of Fuse is that it allows endoscopists to examine twice the anatomy with a wide 330 degree view. This is especially advantageous because adenomas can be missed in difficult to find areas of the anatomy. “Innovative Fuse technology can dramatically improve the effectiveness of this life-saving procedure. And improving the effectiveness of every procedure we perform here at Upson is what we’re all about,” said Knight.
“Upson is the first hospital in the state to invest in this lifesaving diagnostic technology,” said Johnathan Busbee, MD. “We are proud to be using the new system in our ongoing effort to improve detection, reduce cancer and provide the highest quality care to our patients.” Dr. Busbee, Dr. Huckaby, Dr. Knight and Dr. Solyomvari all do scopes at Upson.
Patient scheduling with the new Fuse system is now underway. Contact your physician about FUSE today. More than 15 million colonoscopies are performed across the United States each year and most insurance companies cover the costs for those patients over age 50.