Using technology and cameras to speed diagnosis
When you choose The Medical Center at Bowling Green Endoscopy Department, you’re getting the best care available to diagnose and treat issues in the stomach, intestines and lungs. Thanks to the latest technology, most of our procedures are non-invasive and can be completed with the patient returning home within hours instead of days.
Our procedures are used to diagnose symptoms like abdominal pain, problems swallowing, heartburn, esophagitis, chronic diarrhea, ulcers, tumors, intestinal bleeding, colon cancer, polyps, colitis, bleeding lesions, anemia and others.
Tiny cameras, positioned on medical instruments, allow doctors to view inside a patient’s body and check for tumors, polyps or other problems. For some tests like Electromagnetic Navigation BronchoscopyTM and Ultrasound Bronchoscopy. The Bronchoscopy allows doctors to view lung areas and biopsy (take a tissue) sample to check for malignancy.
For patients with chronic indigestion or nausea after eating, the Esophageal Manometry test can determine if the muscles in your esophagus are operating properly.
When your doctor prescribes diagnostic treatment, you can rely on Med Center Health for the latest technology and expert staff caring for your needs.
The Medical Center Endoscopy Named Veran Medical Center of Excellence
In the US, more people die from lung cancer than any other cancer combined. And most often symptoms are not present until the cancer has spread and progressed to late stage disease. Lung cancer screening shines hope on this deadly condition through early detection when the disease is most treatable and often curable. Data shows a 92% survival rate at 10-years when disease is found in the early stages versus a 15% survival rate at 5-years with late stage diagnosis. The team at The Medical Center Endoscopy, uses advanced, state-of-the-art technology, Veran’s SPiN Thoracic Navigation System™, in the fight against lung cancer offering patients improved diagnosis and treatment over traditional methods.
Current or past smokers are at high-risk for developing lung cancer. Other risk factors include second hand smoke, exposure to radon, asbestos, Agent Orange, or other substances, living in areas with high air pollution, and family history. Though anyone with a smoking history may be a candidate for lung cancer screening, a person between the ages of 55 and 80 who is a current or past smoker that quit within the last 15 years, has a 30 pack year history (calculated by multiplying packs per day times years as a smoker), and is symptom-free would be considered high-risk and may be recommended for annual lung cancer screening. And Medicare and most private insurance plans cover annual screening, with no out-of-pocket costs, for high-risk individuals.
Lung cancer screening is done with low-dose computed tomography (LDCT) scan which can identify small nodules or other abnormalities in the lungs. Patients lie still on a table which is moved through the scanner and the x-ray machine rotates around taking pictures from many different angles. The screening takes about 10 minutes and no medications, injections, or fasting are needed.
The lung cancer team at The Medical Center Endoscopy uses the Veran SPiN Thoracic Navigation System™ during lung procedures should a suspect nodule be identified during the lung screening. This novel technology uses electromagnetic navigation (EMN), which is similar to the GPS in your car, to guide doctors to even the smallest, hard to access nodules resulting in earlier lung cancer detection. The system is minimally invasive and enables doctors to reach and biopsy small suspect nodules anywhere in the lung. This speeds time to diagnosis, without the need for multiple procedures, so life saving treatments don’t have to wait.
Talk with your health care provider to schedule a lung cancer screening. Don’t be scared, get screened.
treatment and services
- Gastroscopy: A procedure with a small camera to view the interior of the stomach.
- Colonoscopy: A procedure with a small camera to view the interior of the colon.
- Electromagnetic Navigation BronchoscopyTM: A procedure with a lighted tube to examine the lungs and ability to collect biopsy if necessary.
- Endobronchial Ultrasound Bronchoscopy: New technology using a camera to check difficult areas in airways for tumors, eliminating the need for surgery.
- Esophageal Manometry: tests connection between esophagus and stomach for reflux disease, other issues.
conditions we treat
The Medical Center at Bowling Green Endoscopy Department provides specialized procedures used to diagnose problems related to the lungs, stomach and intestines including the following:
- Problems with swallowing
- Abdominal pain
- Intestinal bleeding
- Esophagitis and heartburn
- Colon cancer
- Bleeding lesions
- Chronic diarrhea