Greene County General Hospital in Linton is among the first hospitals in Indiana to acquire the Olympus EVIS EXERA III video endoscopy system.
Endoscopy systems, through the collaborative use of a video processor, light source, endoscope and monitor, enable physicians to peer inside the human body to diagnose, detect and treat gastrointestinal (GI) diseases and other conditions.
The advanced imaging in the EVIS EXERA III system will help Greene County General Hospital physicians detect GI diseases, such as colorectal cancer (CRC), at an earlier stage when treatments are most successful.
The third-generation EVIS EXERA III system boasts enhanced image quality, added brightness and several key technologies such as HDTV for superior clarity; next-generation Narrow Band Imaging for enhanced observation of mucosal tissue; and dual-focus capabilities that allow physicians to switch the depth of field from normal focus to near focus for more detailed observation of suspected lesions. These new technologies are designed to help physicians provide their patients with more accurate and earlier diagnoses.
"We want to offer the best technology for not only our doctors, but also for our patients. We are only the second facility in the state to have this new technology," said Curt Passen, RN, who serves as department head for the hospital's surgery department.
Passen said the hospital is excited to have the opportunity to offer this new technology to the community.
"The clarity on the new Olympus EVIS EXERA III system is exceptional, helping me to more clearly detect abnormalities, even at their earliest stages," said Dr. Bryan Cox.
Early detection can improve treatment outcomes, reduce overall healthcare costs and improve the quality of life for patients. To aid in early detection, the American Cancer Society recommends that beginning at age 50, both men and women at average risk for developing colorectal cancer should be screened for CRC and polyps, and those with personal or family risk factors should be tested even earlier.
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In addition to helping Greene County General Hospital physicians detect and diagnosis disease at an earlier stage, the EVIS EXERA III system should improve comfort for patients as well. Technologies such as Passive Bending (for following contours in the colon), High Force Transmission (for improved sensitivity to a physician's movements), Variable Stiffness (to meet the unique anatomical needs of the patient), and ScopeGuide (for visualizing the scope's position inside the patient's body) all deliver better control to the physician and help to improve comfort for the patient.
"The flexibility of the scope is better, it's also smaller in diameter, and it's much better for biopsies as well as patient comfort. It also makes the entire experience much easier on patients," Cox said. "Operational advances also greatly simplify room setup and endoscope reprocessing."
Additionally, the EVIS EXERA III endoscopy system is designed around system integration and workflow management to ease setup and reprocessing, manage patient data, communicate with hospital networks, and provide seamless IT integration to help optimize the flow of activity in the endoscopy suite and the hospital overall.
In addition, at Greene County General Hospital, physicians are working with Certified Nurse Anesthetists to offer deeper sedation to minimize patient discomfort.