November 3rd, 2009

Health alerts: High-definition endoscopes do the job better

By Kelley Luckstein

High-definition colonoscopy is more effective than standard colonoscopy in finding polyps that could develop into cancer, Mayo Clinic researchers say…

 

The rate of detection of precancerous polyps was 29 percent for patients scanned with high-definition endoscopes and 24 percent for those scanned with standard endoscopes. Because of the high number of colonoscopies performed annually – 14 million – even a small change is significant, says Dr. Michael B. Wallace, professor and director of research, department of medicine at the Mayo Clinic in Florida.

 

Dallas Morning News by Laura Schwed, 11/3/09

Tags: colonscopy, endoscopes, GI

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