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New Endoscopic Visualization System
in Florida Hospital

Florida Hospital has the first endoscopy laboratory in Central Florida equipped with this new SpyGlass™ Direct Visualization System for the benefit of all patients. Learn more by reading below.

What is an endoscopy and endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancratography (ERCP)?

The word endoscopy means looking inside and typically refers to looking inside the body for medical reasons using an instrument called an endoscope (flexible tube with a light and a camera). Endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP) is a technique that combines the use of endoscopy and x-rays. Therefore, the ERCP is an x-ray examination of the bile and pancreatic ducts (the tubes that drain the liver and pancreas fluids) which is aided by a video endoscope. Through the endoscope, the physicians can see the inside of the stomach and other areas, and inject dyes into the ducts in the biliary tree and pancreas so they can be seen on x-rays.

ERCP is used primarily to diagnose and treat conditions of the pancreas and bile ducts, including gallstones, inflammatory strictures (scars), leaks (from trauma and surgery), and cancer.

New SpyGlass™ Direct Visualization System

Since the conventional ERCP produces two-dimensional black and white X-ray images these may produce inconclusive results. Doctors will usually request additional testing or re-order the ERCP to confirm a definitive diagnosis. However, the new SpyGlass System is designed to overcome these imaging limitations. Using a much smaller flexible tube, physicians are able to access areas very difficult to reach before.

What are the benefits of SpyGlass™?

With the conventional ERCP method doctors could only evaluate the bile ducts indirectly via X-rays. With this new SpyGlass device they can physically enter the ducts and actually see the causes of blockage and disease.

Having the ability to now literally look inside something as tiny as the bile duct and take clear precise color images enables physicians to make a faster and more accurate diagnosis. In addition, it reduces the need for repeat tests, making it more convenient for patients and their families.

Does insurance cover SpyGlass™?

The major medical insurances cover regular ERCP and SpyGlass. Co-payments will depend on each individual coverage and health plan.

How do I learn more or schedule a consult?

Contact our Digestive Health Clinical Care Coordinator at 407/303-5981 or toll-free, 1-866-888-0866, for more information and to coordinate an appointment.

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