How can a video endoscope improve patient care?
By Miriam N. Lango, MD Medical Director, Speech Pathology Service Attending Surgeon,
Head and Neck Oncology Fox Chase Cancer Center
“A distal chip (video) endoscope will enable us to provide a better level of service to our cancer patients.”
Visualization of the pharynx and larynx, or throat and voicebox, has always been challenging. Even using fairly advanced technologies like flexible fiberoptic endoscopy, images are often grainy and lacking clarity, making it difficult to appreciate subtle abnormalities in the tissues of the throat. In the last 10 years, the use of distal chip sensor technology in flexible endoscopes has yielded images with improved image clarity.
The resolution of even first generation distal chip endoscopes far surpassed that of the most advanced fiberoptic endoscopes. Images produced with this technology can be easily transferred and stored digitally. Studies have suggested that these endoscopes yield images that lead to greater accuracy in diagnosing abnormalities in the upper airway. Most scopes have a separate port to allow procedures such as biopsies or injections to be performed in clinic, rather than in the operating room under anesthesia. In addition, these endoscopes may be less fragile due to the fact that there are no fiberoptic cables prone to breakage. A distal chip endoscope will enable us to provide a better level of service to our cancer patients.
Memorial Fund for The Treatment and Research of Head & Neck Cancer
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