Colon Health Alert: New Colonoscopy Technology
Posted on March 26, 2014
A colonoscopy remains the best available procedure for detecting and removing pre-cancerous polyps; however, due to both technique and viewing area, studies have shown that some polyps may be missed. EndoChoice has developed a new colonoscope called Full Spectrum Endoscopy™ (Fuse™) that uses multiple cameras to create a panoramic view, allowing GIs to see more of the tract.
Today, forward viewing endoscopes with a 150-170 degree field of view are most common; however, the Fuse technology expands this field of view to 330 degrees. A clinical study was conducted by leading researchers at healthcare facilities in the US, the Netherlands and Israel to compare the miss rates of standard forward viewing colonoscopy and EndoChoices’s Fuse System. Results of the study were published in the March issue of The Lancet Oncology.
185 patients participated in the study between 2012 and 2013. The study determined that standard forward-viewing colonoscopes missed 41% of the pre-cancerous polyps while Fuse missed 7%. The study concluded that Fuse’s expanded field of view enabled physicians participating in the study to detect 69% more pre-cancerous polyps than with standard colonoscopes. Have questions about this new technology? We’ve got answers below!
What is Fuse?
Fuse is a new device for use in a colonoscopy. It provides physicians with a panoramic 330 degree field of view (as compared to the 170 degree view common with standard, forward-viewing scopes).
Why is this study important to patients?
Getting a colonoscopy may prevent colon cancer because the doctor can find and remove polyps before they develop into cancer; however, if a polyp is missed it could become cancerous over a period of time. The study suggests that the enhanced visual field provided by Fuse enabled doctors to miss fewer polyps due to the wider viewing area.
Will the procedure be any different if my physician uses Fuse?
No. Your experience is exactly the same.
Does Fuse colonoscopy cost more than standard colonoscopy?
No. Your cost for a colonoscopy is the same regardless of what scope your doctor uses.
Is the image of my colon shown on a screen the same way it is in a standard forward viewing colonoscopy?
No. Fuse projects the expanded view onto three screens instead of one, giving physicians previously unseen views, such as behind colonic folds and other difficult anatomy.
Because the doctor gets a better view of the colon, will the procedure be over quicker?
Fuse colonoscopy typically takes the same amount of time as a standard colonoscopy. The recent clinical study showed a very similar overall median procedure time between the standard colonoscope and the Fuse system.
How do I locate a doctor that offers a Fuse colonoscopy?
Patients can locate a physician by going to www.Fusecolonoscopy.org and submitting their information on the “Contact” tab. The website also lists ‘featured facilities’ from across the country.
Since there are more cameras in the tip of the colonoscope, does that mean it is larger than the typical scope?
No. The Fuse colonoscope is the same size as a standard colonoscope.
How do I learn more?
Don’t forget, the Colon Cancer Alliance serves as a source of information about colon health. Check out our resources to get colonoscopy tips from the pros, find out what you should be asking your doctor and more. If you have additional questions about screening or are in need of support, please contact our free Helpline at (877) 422-2030. We’re here to help!
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