GVH Using New Video Imaging Tool for Earlier Detection and Treatment of Digestive Disease
|(November 28, 2012) Sellersville, PA – Grand View Hospital is among the first in the region to acquire an innovative video endoscopy system that enables physicians to peer inside the human body to diagnose, detect and treat gastrointestinal (GI) diseases and other digestive conditions. The state-of-the-art imaging system allows physicians to observe suspect areas in greater detail for more accurate and earlier diagnoses. Endoscopy and colonoscopy involve inserting a thin tube with a light and a camera on the end into a person’s gastrointestinal tract. Powerful optics on Grand View’s new system enable physicians to detect GI diseases, such as colorectal cancer, at an earlier stage when treatment is most successful.
“This is a very useful diagnostic tool. It helps me to more clearly detect abnormalities in the early stages,” says Michael Cassidy, MD, of Bux-Mont Gastroenterology Associates. Early detection can improve treatment outcomes and improve quality of life for patients. To aid in
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early detection, the American Cancer Society recommends that beginning at age 50, men and women at average risk for developing colorectal cancer should be screened for the disease and for polyps, and those with personal or family risk factors should be tested even earlier.
A new design gives physicians better control in performing the procedure than earlier versions. “The optics on this new equipment are amazing. Now we’re able to see even smaller lesions that may not have been visible with the earlier equipment,” Dr. Cassidy explains. The EVIS EXERA III system is the newest video endoscopy platform from Olympus. It became available in the United States in April.
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A report released last month by HealthGrades, the leading provider of information to help consumers make an informed decision about a physician or hospital, named Grand View Hospital 5-star rated for GI Procedures and Surgeries for three years in a row (2011-2013). Grand View was also named recipient of the HealthGrades Gastrointestinal Care Excellence Award for 2013, and is ranked among the top 10 percent in the nation for overall GI services for 2013.
Grand View Hospital, Bucks County’s first hospital, has provided residents of Bucks and Montgomery Counties with comprehensive health care services since 1913. Now a century strong, Grand View has become known as a quality provider of heart and vascular care, women’s and children’s health, surgery, orthopaedics, and cancer care. Visit www.gvh.org
for more information about the hospital, its programs, and services.