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New High Definition Technology Helps Diagnosis

dr-craneBy Dr. Andy Crane

High definition technologies have heightened our viewing experiences from televised sports to blockbuster movies but HD is also now helping the medical world and allowing IGH to save lives.

In an era where everything seems to be evolving toward "high definition," your healthcare is no exception. At IGH, we are now using HD cameras for our endoscopic procedures in order to more accurately detect potential abnormalities. Utilizing HD cameras, during endoscopic procedures allows detection of the smallest precancerous lesions.  


Now, another older technology is available in high-resolution format. “Esophageal motility” studies now use highly sensitive pressure sensors to detect motility problems in the esophagus.

We often see patients with swallowing difficulties or chest discomfort that is "non-cardiac" but may be related to the esophagus - the muscular hollow tube that transports food from the mouth to the stomach. In order to diagnose and manage these problems an esophageal motility study is needed. An esophageal motility study is a diagnostic test to evaluate the function of the esophagus.

The standard procedure for the esophageal motility test consists of a small flexible tube being gently inserted through the nose and into the esophagus. The tube is then attached to a recording device that helps record and monitor the function of the patient’s esophagus.

But now, thanks to new technology and high-resolution sensors, we are able to detect even the slightest abnormalities in the patients’ esophagus. The newest equipment used for the esophageal motility test has many more sensors down the length of the tube so that the doctors are able to more accurately record and monitor the function of the esophagus. This technology upgrade also allows for a quicker and easier test for our patients.

At IGH, we are committed to our goal of providing the highest quality care to all of our patients which means using this newest high-resolution technology in esophageal motility testing.

To learn more about our esophageal motility testing or to schedule an appointment with one of our doctors please click the Contact Us button below

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