Norwalk, CT - A multicenter study published in the December 2013 issue of Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology reports that fewer than one third of GI endoscopy centers are equipped to provide the necessary high level imaging needed to reliably identify pre-cancerous lesions in patients with Barrett's Esophagus, according to Dr. William Hale, chief of gastroenterology at Norwalk Hospital.
The Endoscopy Unit at Norwalk Hospital is an exception. Long recognized for using state of the art technology, our unit has been using high resolution imaging equipment for several years, Dr. Hale said. Our physicians who perform endoscopic procedures in the GI Unit are very experienced in the use of high definition endoscopes and narrow band imaging, the specific techniques recommended by the American College of Gastroenterology, he added.
Barrett's Esophagus is a pre-cancerous condition that may occur in the setting of chronic acid reflux, he explained. Patients with Barrett's Esophagus have regular endoscopy surveillance to detect pre-cancerous changes and then those patients are treated with specialized endoscopic ablation techniques.
In addition to its state-of-the-art imaging capabilities, Norwalk Hospital’s Endoscopy Unit is among only a few to offer both radiofrequency ablation and liquid nitrogen cryotherapy for the treatment of pre-cancerous Barrett's Esophagus. This allows for more personalized therapy designed to meet the particular needs of each patient
“We are very pleased to offer our community access to the latest technological advancements in the diagnosis and treatment of digestive diseases,” Dr. Hale said. For more information about Norwalk Hospital’s Digestive Disease Center, please visit www.norwalkhospital.org