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Mercy Gilbert Medical Center Offers Third Eye® Colonoscopy

Terry Happel, Chief Medical Officer of Chandler Regional and Mercy Gilbert Medical Centers uses Third Eye Retroscope to improve pre-cancerous polyp detection rates.

 

Mercy Gilbert Medical Center Offers Third Eye® Colonoscopy to improve pre-cancerous polyp detection rates

Terry Happel, Chief Medical Officer of Chandler Regional and Mercy Gilbert Medical Centers in San Tan Valley Today

GILBERT, Ariz.– Mercy Gilbert Medical Center, a Dignity Health Member has been performing Third Eye® colonoscopy since November 2011, a technique that has been shown to improve the detection of pre-cancerous polyps by up to 23 – 25 percent.(Leufkens AM, et al) and (DeMarco DC, et al) Recent clinical data published by the New England Journal of Medicine demonstrate a 53 percent reduction in death from colorectal cancer when pre-cancerous polyps are removed through colonoscopy.(http://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/NEJMoa1100370)“We’ve chosen to invest in the Third Eye® Retroscope® device for our gastroenterologists because we all agree how important it is to see more of the colon during routine colonoscopies,” says Terry Happel, M.D. Chief Medical Officer of Chandler Regional and Mercy Gilbert Medical Centers. “The newly published New England Journal of Medicine data reinforce that the practice of polyp removal reduces death from colorectal cancer. Seeing more means we can potentially find more polyps to remove.” Used during colonoscopy, the Third Eye® Retroscope® is a small, innovative imaging device providing a retrograde (“backward”) view of the colon simultaneously with the forward view of a standard colonoscope. Operating much like a “rearview mirror,” the Third Eye® Retroscope® helps doctors to visualize pre-cancerous polyps in potential “blind spots,” such as behind the many natural folds and curves within the colon. Colorectal cancer is the second-leading cause of cancer-related death in the United States.(http://www.cancer.org/acs/groups/content/@epidemiologysurveilance/documents/document/acspc-028323.pdf) Screening allows more colorectal cancers to be found earlier, when the disease is easier to cure.(http://www.cancer.org/Cancer/ColonandRectumCancer/DetailedGuide/colorectal-cancer-key-statistics) Even more cases can be prevented if adenomas can be removed before they become malignant, making colonoscopy an important tool in the fight against colorectal cancers.

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