February 24, 2009
MAURY REGIONAL AMONG THE FIRST IN MIDDLE TENNESSEE TO UTILIZE NEW ENDOSCOPIC TECHNOLOGY
COLUMBIA, Tenn. – Almost half a million people annually in the U.S. undergo a procedure to diagnose problems in their liver, gallbladder and bile ducts called endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP).
Physicians at Maury Regional Medical Center are now using new technology to diagnose and treat conditions such as obstructions and stones within the biliary tract. The technology, known as the SpyGlass® Direct Visualization System, includes a miniature 6,000 pixel fiber optic probe that provides physicians with a view of a patient’s bile ducts, overcoming some of the visual challenges of conventional ERCP procedures.
“We’re proud to be one of only three hospitals in Middle Tennessee to offer this state-of-the-art technology to our physicians and patients,” said Administrative Director of Surgical Services Tony Benton.
The SpyGlass System, developed by Boston Scientific Corporation, is used by physicians to provide direct visualization of a patient’s biliary system to identify stones and strictures (obstructions). A fiber optic probe attaches to a camera head and is inserted through a catheter that can be passed into the bile duct and steered in four directions. This design allows the physician to access and inspect all four quadrants of the examination and treatment area.
According to two of the physicians who are using this technology, this system is superior to previous diagnostic tools.
“With traditional ERCP technology, we could only get indirect imaging of the bile duct. With this new fiber optic endoscope we have the ability to directly see the site of interest through a minimally invasive procedure that is superior to previous diagnostic tools,” said Robert McClure, M.D.
Amit Choksi, M.D., adds, “Because visualization is superior with this technology, we are now able to offer cutting-edge interventions such as direct biopsy of suspicious lesions and even laser lithotripsy to break up bile duct stones.”