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Grande Ronde Hospital Introduces Leading High-Definition Endoscopic Technology

Hospital news | Friday, September 18, 2009

Contact: Mardi Ford

LOOKING HEALTHY: Grande Ronde Hospital’s new gastrointestinal endoscope system produces a high definition picture so precise and clear that RN Janet Rudd (left) can use the wide-angle scope to produce a precise image of the whorls in SurgiCenter charge nurse RN Sue McCarthy’s (right) finger tip. Scott Crawford (background) product specialist with Olympus America, which manufactures the system, has been instrumental in training medical staff on the new technology.


Not just for entertainment anymore—high-definition television has the potential to saves lives as it makes its way from the living room to the hospital room. Once again, Grande Ronde Hospital is leading the charge to provide this leading health care technology to rural Oregon.

Grande Ronde Hospital is the first hospital east of Portland to use this high definition endoscope system that helps doctors diagnose diseases in the upper and lower gastrointestinal tract. Diseases like colorectal cancer, which the American Cancer Society says is the second leading cause of cancer-related deaths for men and women combined.

Compared to conventional systems, this new high-definition endoscopy provides doctors with sharper images and better contrast which translates into improved lesion detection during examinations. What that means for the patient is the increased probability of earlier detection and more accurate diagnoses. In fact, a recent study by physicians from the Mayo Clinic using this technology documented a 20 percent increase in polyp detection rates. And, this new system can also shorten procedure times for patients—another plus!

“No one looks forward to getting screened for colorectal cancer,” says Doug Romer, GRH's Director of Patient Care Services. “So if you’re going to do it, it just makes sense to get the best screening possible with the win-win combination of the leading technology and the best medical staff.”

General surgeons Dr. Richard Holecek and Dr. Gurmant Singh, as well as internal medicine physician Dr. Keith Graham, as well asHospital clinicians, are fully trained and are already successfully using the new equipment.

According to Olympus, the system’s manufacturer, this is the world’s first endoscope platform to deliver high-definition video with Narrow Band Imaging™ - a new imaging technology that manipulates the interaction of tissue and light, improving visual contrast during endoscopic observation of the gastrointestinal tract. This technique takes advantage of the scattering and absorption properties of human tissue while it limits the illumination to specific wavelength bands of white light. The result is remarkably clear views of anatomical tissues and the fine capillary patterns of mucous membranes, allowing the physician to better see areas of possible concern.

The HDTV signal from the system’s video processor is designed to produce an impressive 1,080 lines of resolution, which more than doubles the number of scan lines used by conventional systems. It also provides images of the colon with a high level of detail and color.

The American Cancer Society projects that colon and rectal cancer will kill 55,170 Americans this year. They also point out that the five-year survival rate for people, whose colorectal cancer is treated early, is greater than 90 percent.

ACSrecommends men and women should begin screening for colon and rectal cancer at age 50. Those with risk factors for the disease should talk to their primary care provider about the need for earlier or more frequent screenings.