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New Endoscopy System to Facilitate Earlier Digestive Disease Detection and Treatment

Barnesville Hospital is among the first in area 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 surgeons, Michael Baum, MD and Keith Knupp, MD, 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.

The clarity on the new Olympus EVIS EXERA III system is exceptional, helping me to more clearly detect abnormalities, even at their earliest stages, says Dr. Keith Knupp.

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. Those with personal or family risk factors should be tested even earlier.

In addition to helping Barnesville Hospital physicians detect and diagnosis diseases at an earlier stage, the new 190 series colonoscopes in 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 physicians movements), Variable Stiffness (to meet the unique anatomical needs of the patient), and ScopeGuide (for visualizing the scopes position inside the patients body) all deliver better control to the physician and help to improve comfort for the patient.

The improved handling on the new Olympus EVIS EXERA III scopes is particularly helpful in situations that require advanced endoscopic technique. It also makes the entire experience much easier on my patients, says Dr. Michael Baum.

Additionally, the EVIS EXERA III endoscopy system is designed around system integration and workflow management to ease set up 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.

With the acquisition of the Olympus EVIS EXERA III system at Barnesville Hospital, our goals are to improve the efficiency of our operation, enhance our diagnostic capabilities, and foremost, deliver high quality care to our patients. With this advanced technology, we may be able to provide our patients with more accurate diagnoses, shorten their procedure times and improve their overall procedural experience, says David Phillips, CEO.

Barnesville Hospital is the only 24-hour critical access hospital serving Monroe county, western Belmont county, and parts of Noble, Harrison, and Guernsey counties. For more information on Barnesville Hospital and the services provided, visit the hospital’s website at Barnesville Hospital, find us on Facebook, or call Peggy Douglass, M.S., R.N.C., Director of Education & Outreach at (740) 425-5158.