Approximately 80 Australians die from bowel cancer every week, and preventing bowel cancer should be a priority for everyone. Bowel cancer can be treated successfully if detected in its early stages, but currently fewer than 40 per cent of colorectal cancers are detected early.
Colonoscopy is currently the most accurate way of detecting and the only means of removing polyps from the bowel. If polyps are left untreated, a significant percentage of these will eventually develop into bowel cancer.
Polyps rarely produce symptoms and usually are discovered by inspection at the time of colonoscopy, so early identification of polyps is the best method of bowel cancer prevention.
Most polyps can be safely removed during a colonoscopy to help prevent bowel cancer.
State-of-the-art High Definition Olympus Gastroscopes and Colonoscopes are used at our centre. This advanced technology allows for greater detection of pre-cancerous polyps and the best chance of early detection and cure.
Our Olympus Evis Exera III system with cutting-edge technologies enables remarkable high definition image quality. The EVIS EXERA III endoscopy system contains a variety of innovative technologies such as Narrow Band Imaging (NBI), Dual Focus, and Responsive Insertion Technology (RIT). These technologies have been proven in numerous clinical studies to enhance diagnostic and therapeutic quality, and help to provide greater comfort to patients.
Narrow Band Imaging (NBI) is an optical image enhancement technology. It is made up of filtered light that matches the absorption spectrum of the haemoglobin in the blood, enhancing the contrast and visualization of vessel patterns in the mucosa, for accurate diagnosis of tissue changes. Narrow Band Imaging significantly improves adenoma (polyp) detection rate leading to better patient outcome and early detection.