Posted: Jun 15, 2012 10:00 AM by Carina Corral
Updated: Jun 15, 2012 10:08 AM
New, high-definition cameras are giving doctors at Sierra Vista Regional Medical Center in San Luis Obispo an up close and personal look at your insides.
Bryn Johnson is one of many patients to undergo a routine procedure called an endoscopy.
"They put the camera in my throat, down my throat, through my esophagus and looking around inside the walls, then down toward my stomach," he said.
But this time, Gastroenterologist Vance Rodgers and his team will be using a new, state-of-the-art, high definition scope that provides crystal clear images.
"Just like we have our new high definition TV sets compared to the old ones, that's the difference we get a better image," said G.I. Technician Caroline Carmo.
As Dr. Rodgers moves the long, rope-like scope through Bryn's upper digestive track, he is looking for any serious, long-term problems, such as ulcers or cancerous polyps, that might have arisen from or been caused by Bryn's acid reflux.
"Most polyps are benign, but occasionally even a small polyp can be malignant...this equipment is so much better that undoubtedly we are finding smaller polyps that we may not have found before without this equipment," said Dr. Rodgers.
The smaller the polyp means doctors may have caught something early on and early cancer detection is credited for saving lives.
The new scopes are also longer and are able to make it through the entire colon during colonoscopies.