NRMC at Forefront of Endoscopic Technology
In June, Nevada Regional Medical Center (NRMC) began leasing new Fujifilm Eluxeo 700 Series Endoscopes used to perform endoscopy procedures. Endoscopy is a nonsurgical procedure in which a doctor uses an endoscope, a flexible tube with a light and camera commonly referred to as a “scope”, to examine a person’s digestive tract.
The purchase was recommended to NRMC Board of Directors in April by general surgeon Joseph Dodd, MD. The 700 Series is the newest development from Fujifilm, a leading provider of endoscopic imaging. The endoscopes use 4-LED Multi-Light technology for special light observation modes, allowing the surgeon to see the clearest images possible.
“The best benefit of using the new scopes is reliability, Dr. Dodd said. “I had good visibility before, but I’m very pleased with the capabilities we have now.”
The new technology allows NRMC doctors to see a wider area, at a higher resolution, as they perform upper endoscopic and colonoscopy procedures. The endoscopes also support more comfortable handling for the physician, and more efficient procedures to help drive better patient outcomes. NRMC is among the first hospitals in a nine-state region to implement use of the new scopes.
Additionally, NRMC continues to use an advanced biopsy procedure during upper endoscopes to help detect pre-cancerous cells so they can be removed before they become cancerous. Those who use tobacco or have chronic acid reflux disease, also known as gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), have an increased risk of developing damage to the lower portion of the esophagus, the tube that connects the mouth and stomach. This condition, known as Barrett’s Esophagus, can eventually turn into cancer for a small percentage of individuals. NRMC uses WATS 3D Biopsy to take cell samples from the largest area possible to more effectively test for pre-cancerous disease.
For more information about endoscopy or other general surgery procedures at NRMC, call 417-448-2121 or visit www.nrmchealth.com.
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About Nevada Regional Medical Center
Serving a six-county area since 1937, Nevada Regional Medical Center is a 71-bed acute, intensive and skilled care hospital. Nevada Regional Medical Center has earned recognition as a respected regional medical center for its comprehensive health care services, skilled and caring employees and state-of-the-art medical technology. Staff represent more than a dozen medical specialties, including family practice, women’s services, neurology, urology, psychiatry, orthopedics, wound care services, and general, vascular, thoracic and oncological surgery. Additionally, consultation clinics are held regularly by specialists in oncology, pulmonology, podiatry, ear, nose, and throat and cardiology.