Industry Issues

The endoscopy profession is one of the fastest changing parts of the medical world. Members need to stay up to date on a breadth of industry issues, including product releases, research results, controversies, continuing education, lawsuits, recalls and procedure updates.


  • Biopsy with Needle, Not Scalpel
    Endoscopic ultrasound (EUS) can visualize solid masses in the pancreas better than conventional ultrasound or CT scans, but its ability to differentiate between cancer and inflammatory masses is limited. UAB gastroenterologist Mohamad A. Eloubeidi, M.D., reported in ...More
    February 6, 2004 Posted in News, Disorders, Industry Issues
  • SRI/Surgical Express Performs Groundbreaking Installation of RFID Technology
    TAMPA, Fla.— SRI/Surgical Express, Inc. (SRI), a provider of products and services supporting the healthcare industry, has announced the successful implementation of Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) Technology in all 10 of its processing facilities across the United ...More
    February 4, 2004 Posted in News, Industry Issues
  • Inflammation Marker Predicts Colon Cancer
    C-reactive protein (CRP) -- a marker of inflammation circulating in the blood already associated with increased risk of heart disease -- can also be used to identify a person's risk of developing colon cancer, according to a Johns Hopkins study.Results of the study, ...More
    February 4, 2004 Posted in News, Disorders, Industry Issues, Procedures
  • Study Quantifies Cancer Risk from Diagnostic X-Rays
    The most detailed calculation of its kind to estimate the risk of cancer from exposure to diagnostic X-rays recently published in THE LANCET suggests that in the UK around 700 of the 124,000 cases of cancer diagnosed annually could be attributable to exposure to ...More
    February 2, 2004 Posted in News, Disorders, Industry Issues
  • Researchers Discover that A Virus Can Naturally Target and Kill Tumors
    Mosquitoes are notorious for their ability to spread disease, but in some cases they may prove to be a boon instead of a bane. In a recent study, researchers at New York University School of Medicine found that one mosquito-borne virus automatically targets and kills tumor ...More
    February 2, 2004 Posted in News, Disorders, Industry Issues
  • The Evolution of ERCP
    ERCP has evolved from diagnostic tool to therapeutic alternative. While technological advancements and new techniques have enhanced ease and speed, the procedure still carries risks. Photo courtesy of Pentax Endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP) is evolving ...More
    February 1, 2004 Posted in Articles, Disorders, Industry Issues
  • The Evolution of ERCP
    Chronic Liver Disease: Preventive Care By Tina Brooks Each year, 25 million Americans die from chronic liver disease (CLD) and cirrhosis — the 10th leading cause of death in the United States. CLD is particularly serious because it prevents the largest organ in the body ...More
    February 1, 2004 Posted in Articles, Disorders, Industry Issues
  • Briefs
    New Symbol of Hope for Colon Cancer Cure WASHINGTON — Just as the red ribbon has come to symbolize AIDS and pink represents breast cancer, the blue star symbol introduced by the National Colorectal Cancer Roundtable (NCCRT) will now signify the fight against colon cancer. ...More
    February 1, 2004 Posted in Articles, Disorders, Industry Issues, Procedures
  • the scope of things
    Understanding Authority By Phillip Van Hooser, MBA, CSP Let’s admit the obvious. In the workplace, each of us has seen authority used effectively and/or abused deliberately. Authority is an important concept as it applies to an individual’s quest to be a more respected and ...More
    February 1, 2004 Posted in Articles, Industry Issues
  • Innovations
    Spectrum Surgical Instruments In response to the growing need for an affordable and disposable CJD (Creutzfeldt-Jacob Disease) identification set, Spectrum has developed a “disposable” CJD Instrument Set comprised entirely of Pakistan-made instruments. Instruments include a ...More
    February 1, 2004 Posted in Articles, Disorders, Industry Issues, Procedures