There are many types of endoscopy—including those that use natural orifices, and those that use small incisions—but all are used to detect or treat illness. Those using natural body openings include colonoscopy, sigmoidoscopy, gastroscopy, enteroscopy, esophogealgastroduodenoscopy (EGD, or upper endoscopy), endoscopic ultrasound (EUS), and endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP). Endoscopy procedures that use small incisions include percutaneous endoscopic gastrostomy (PEG), etc.
GI Doctors Use Endoscopy to Place Transpyloric Stent
Physicians at Johns Hopkins said they are encouraged by early results in three patients of their new treatment for gastroparesis, a condition marked by the failure of the stomach to properly empty its contents into the small intestine. ...More
Study: Quarterly Report Cards Improve Colonoscopies
DOWNERS GROVE, Ill.—A new study reports that the use of a quarterly report card is associated with improved colonoscopy quality indicators. Endoscopists at the Roudebush Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Indianapolis, Ind., who participated in the study showed an overall ...More
New Blood Test Detects Colon Cancer Before It Develops
DALLAS, Texas—A new blood test developed in the Gastrointestinal Cancer Research Lab at Baylor Research Institute is showing very promising results for finding cancer-related microRNA in the blood before a tumor develops in the colon. ...More
New Options for Treatment-Resistant Colorectal Cancers
PHILADELPHIA — A subset of colorectal cancers responds to anti-epidermal growth factor receptor (anti-EGFR) therapies, but develops resistance within months. Among cancers that develop resistance to anti-EGFR therapy, some showed overexpression of a gene called MET, ...More
Mayo Clinic: Radiation Doses Dropping in CT Scans
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz.—Since 2001, a team of diagnostic radiologists and medical physicists at Mayo Clinic have been actively developing and implementing new techniques to lower radiation doses from CT. ...More
Endoscopic Treatment for Diverticulum is Safe Long Term
A new study reports that flexible endoscopic treatment of Zenker’s diverticulum by using a diverticuloscope offers a treatment modality with a very low complication rate. Zenker’s diverticulum is an abnormal pouch in the upper part of the esophagus that causes difficulty ...More
Does Transoral Incisionless Fundoplication Reduce GERD?
REDWOOD CITY, Calif.—EndoGastric Solutions (EGS), a company that focuses on endoluminal reconstructive treatment for gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), today announced the presentation of two-year data from the Transoral Incisionless Fundoplication (TIF®) US Registry ...More
Can Virtual Colonoscopy Expand Screening to More Patients?
PHILADELPHIA—In 2009, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) halted reimbursement for so-called “virtual colonoscopy" for routine colon-cancer screening in asymptomatic patients, in part due to concerns over how this procedure, computed tomography colonography ...More
New Low-Toxicity Treatment May Work on Colon Cancer
BUFFALO, N.Y.—Researchers at Roswell Park Cancer Institute (RPCI) have found that a new formulation of a promising anticancer agent, the small chemical molecule FL118, is even more effective in controlling two types of cancer than a version reported in PLOS ONE six months ...More
Can Optical Biopsies Improve Bronchoscopy Accuracy?
PARIS―Mauna Kea Technologies this week announced that it has launched a registry study to determine the impact of Cellvizio optical biopsies on the diagnosis of lung cancer, the leading cause of cancer death in the world. ...More