TRMC enlists FUSE system

Published 3:00 am Saturday, February 11, 2017

Although colonoscopy exams prevent many colon cancer deaths  and are the gold standard, for detecting colorectal cancers, the procedure is not completely effective in preventing cancer cases. For this reason, Troy Regional Medical Center has invested in an innovative technology that allows doctors to see nearly twice the anatomy seen with a traditional, forward-viewing endoscope.

The Fuse endoscope system uses three small cameras at the tip of a flexible GI endoscope.

“Unlike standard, forward-viewing endoscopes that use a single camera, the Fuse system lets doctors see nearly twice as much surface area,” said Ronnie Dean, Chief Executive Officer of Troy Regional Medical Center.

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“The Fuse endoscope is all about seeing more of the GI tract. It projects the expanded view on three screens to give physicians previously unseen views, such as behind colonic folds and difficult anatomy. We are pleased to offer this important new technology to our community.”

“As an early adopter of the innovative Fuse system, Troy Regional is at the forefront of U.S. healthcare providers offering the best technology and procedures for detecting colorectal cancers,” said Dean. “Our team is proud to be using the new system in our ongoing effort to reduce cancer and provide the highest quality care to our patients.”

“Standard, forward-viewing endoscopes provide up to 170 degrees of forward vision. The advantage of Fuse is that it allows endoscopists to examine twice the anatomy with a wide 330 degree view. This is especially advantageous because adenomas can be missed in difficult to find areas of the anatomy,” said Dean. “The findings are compelling and support the data from previous studies showing the limitations of standard, forward-viewing endoscopes. Fuse technology can dramatically improve the effectiveness of this life-saving procedure. And improving the effectiveness of every procedure we perform here at Troy Regional Medical Center is what we’re all about.”

Patient scheduling with the new Fuse system is now underway at TRMC. Please call 334-670-5000; press 0 to request more information on the Fuse system from our partner practices. More than 15 million colonoscopies are performed across the United States each year.