Soon, routine doctor’s visits might include a quick scan to look for serious bowel conditions.
During a routine appointment, doctors could soon offer patients a 10-minute scan to look for serious bowel conditions.
The small tool can aid medical professionals in identifying early issues like ulcerative colitis, a painful condition that results in colonic ulcers, and even cancer.
Patients may be treated more quickly if something sinister is discovered, or they may be reassured right away if nothing serious is found.
It may mean avoiding the lengthy wait for a colonoscopy, which requires sedation and must be performed in a hospital or specialized unit, for patients who visit their general practitioner with bleeding, changes in bowel habits, and abdominal discomfort.
Right now, there is no other way to identify or rule out serious bowel disease.
The brand-new gadget, dubbed LumenEye, consists of an 8-inch-long disposable probe with a high-definition camera at the end.
Using a long flexible tube and camera, a colonoscopy examines the entire large intestine, whereas this procedure only looks at the lower portion of the colon.
On a screen, real-time images from LumenEye are displayed.
This scan is painless and requires no anesthesia because both are contained in a compact case, making it simple to transport and store.
At Imperial College London, colorectal surgeon James Kinross, a specialist in bowel cancer treatments, said: “If a patient has concerning symptoms and a physical examination cannot reveal an obvious cause, GPs tend to refer them for a colonoscopy.”
It indicates that these services are completely overburdened and are dealing with everything from more serious issues to relatively minor issues like hemorrhoids.
This technology won’t take the place of colonoscopies, but it will make it easier for doctors to determine who needs to be sent for additional testing and who doesn’t.
To monitor patients with ulcerative colitis, the LumenEye is already in use in more than a dozen NHS hospitals.
However, there is some evidence now that it might be used to help diagnose other illnesses.
130 patients were tested as part of a study at Imperial College London to look for signs of cancer or another bowel disease, such as bleeding or changes in bowel habits.
Experts discovered that it was a precise method for identifying issues that needed more research and eliminating those that didn’t.
Bowel cancer was discovered in four cases during the trial.
In an effort to help with the nine-month… Dr. Tanveer Ahmed, a GP at the Shifa Surgery in Blackburn, has been testing the device…
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A portable device can help doctors spot early problems such as ulcerative colitisIt could even be used to check for cancers and lead to fast-tracked treatmentPatients who suffer bleeding and abdominal discomfort could be offered the test