The future of healthcare is being shaped by medical technology, including significant endoscopy technology advancements.
FREMONT, CA:Endoscopy technicians, alternatively referred to as gastroenterology technicians, are healthcare professionals who assist physicians and nurses with endoscopies. The procedure inspects and treats conditions affecting the stomach, colon, ears, nose, throat, heart, and urinary tract. Endoscopy technicians are responsible for gathering patient information, preparing and sterilizing equipment, and providing other critical support during and after endoscopy procedures. Endo technicians' responsibilities continue to diversify as the field evolves. Specialists must stay current on medical advances and trends in patient care processes. They operate on a fairly predictable schedule, which can be quite dynamic at times.
Below are some of the endoscopic technological advances.
Capsule endoscopy, is a ground-breaking technique that carries fewer risks and causes minor discomfort. The patient swallows a small pill containing a miniature camera. It utilizes wireless technology to capture images of numerous internal organs for approximately eight hours, which a physician then reviews.
This technique combines a specialized stain or dye with endoscopy to enhance the visualization of the intestinal lining. It aids physicians and technicians in detecting abnormalities more quickly.
Endoscopic ultrasound is another minimally invasive procedure that can screen organs and tissues that are not visible or accessible during standard endoscopy. Professionals perform it using an endoscope equipped with an ultrasound probe.
Endoscopic Mucosal Resection
EMR is a beneficial technique that enables physicians to remove abnormal tissues from the digestive tract of patients. They shoot fluid into the layer of cells under the abnormal area to perform the procedure.
The term "virtual colonoscopy" refers to computed tomography (CT) colonography. This procedure uses specialized x-ray equipment to look for cancer, polyps, and other abnormalities in the large bowel (colon) and back passage (rectum). Typically, a radiographer or a specialist physician performs the test (radiologist).