Jacksonville Beach Surgery Center (JBSC), located in the Beaches Medical Pavilion, Florida, has recently become the first location within the state of Florida to acquire the EndoChoice Fuse endoscope system.

The Fuse endoscope system is comprised of three small cameras at the tip of a flexible GI endoscope, enabling doctors to see more of the GI tract for diagnosis and treatment.

The Fuse endoscope provides a field of view of 330° (versus 170° offered by traditional colonoscopes).

In a recent study, the Fuse system identified 69% more pre-cancerous lesions than traditional forward-viewing endoscopes, which use a single camera.

JBSC administrator Tim Beluscak said the hospital is pleased to be among just a handful of healthcare providers in the country offering the new technology.

"In addition to enjoying the comfort and convenience our facility offers, patients can now have the peace of mind that they are receiving the most effective screening available at the lowest possible cost," Beluscak added.

JBSC, as an ambulatory surgery centre, is able to offer care at a cost that is up to 50% lower than a full-service hospital.

Among cancers that affect both men and women, colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of cancer deaths in the US, accounting for more than 50,000 deaths annually.

Colonoscopy exams prevent many colon cancer deaths and are the gold standard for detecting colorectal cancers.

"Most insurance companies cover the cost of screening for patients age 50 and older," Beluscak noted.

JBSC provides care across a variety of specialities, including ENT, gynecology, gastroenterology, ophthalmology, oral surgery, orthopaedics, pain management, podiatry, and urology. The centre comprises four ORs and one procedure room.

Image: The Fuse™ endoscope system. Photo courtesy of PRNewswire/EndoChoice.