Stamford Hospital First in Region to Use Advanced Endoscope
Stamford Hospital is the first in the region to offer the Fuse Endoscope System, a colorectal screening technology that allows doctors to see nearly twice as much surface area of the gastro intestinal (GI) tract, dramatically improving the effectiveness of colonoscopy exams.
“We know that regular colorectal cancer screening is the key to preventing colorectal cancer, and by expanding the field of vision during a screening exam we can radically improve the outcomes from the procedure,” said Charles Littlejohn, MD, Director of Colon and Rectal Surgery, Stamford Hospital. “This breakthrough in optics technology will enhance the ability of our physicians to identify and treat more adenomas and lesions sooner, ultimately providing even higher quality care for our patients and further reducing the risk of colorectal cancer.”
Though colonoscopy exams are proven to help prevent colon cancer deaths and are considered the most effective method for detection, colorectal cancer remains the third leading cause of cancer-related deaths in the United States.
The Fuse Endoscope System, created by EndoChoice, uses three small cameras at the tip of a flexible GI endoscope, broadening the viewing range of a traditional colonoscope from 170 degrees to 330 degrees. Because doctors can see nearly twice as much surface area across three high-definition monitors, as well as previously unseen views due to difficult anatomy, the technology significantly improves the accuracy of colonoscopy exams and can greatly reduce the number of potentially pre-cancerous lesions missed by standard, forward-viewing endoscopes.
The innovative technology significantly improves the accuracy of colonoscopy exams and can greatly reduce the number of potentially pre-cancerous lesions missed by standard, forward-viewing endoscopes. In a recent study published in The Lancet Oncology, the Fuse Endoscope found 69% more pre-cancerous lesions than traditional endoscopes, which use a single camera.
Studies suggest that deaths from colorectal cancer could be decreased significantly if all those age 50 and older had a regular screening colonoscopy. But today, only six in 10 adults are current with their exams. In an effort to help increase the number of colorectal cancer screenings in the region, Stamford Hospital is participating in “80% by 2018,” a National Colorectal Cancer Roundtable initiative in which dozens of organizations have committed to eliminating colorectal cancer as a major public health problem and are working toward the shared goal of reaching 80% of adults age 50 and older screened for colorectal cancer by 2018.
Stamford Hospital’s GI Center of Excellence offers endoscopic screening tests and uses a collaborative model of care to enable quick consultation with in-hospital pathologists, surgeons or genetic counselors. Every procedure is staffed by a gastroenterologist or colorectal surgeon and specially trained endoscopy staff. A dedicated anesthesiologist is also available for every patient.
You can learn more at Stamford Hospital’s GI Center of Excellence. To find out more about the “80% by 2018” initiative, visit www.nccrt.org.