Rural Patients receive ‘next’ generation endoscopy

Rural patients are now receiving the very latest endoscopy services with Mobile Health taking delivery of the Olympus Evis Exera III video endoscopy system. A new light source, video controller and endoscopes represent a significant investment by Mobile Health.

The system, which includes the most advanced HDTV imaging quality available, further improves the diagnostic ability of consultants as well as improving patient comfort.  Surgeon Michael Shields says "the pin sharp new screen, the best I have seen anywhere which makes it so easy to detect slight differences in texture of the gastric and intestinal wall and abnormal vascular patterns"

Technological advancements include "Narrow Band Imaging" (NBI), which enhances visualisation of the capillary network and mucosal morphology by taking advantage of two narrow wavelengths of light (blue and green) that are easily absorbed by haemoglobin in the blood during endoscopic observation. This results in highlighted capillaries on mucosal surfaces and mucosal microstructural patterns.

Olympus Evis Exera III Endoscopy

Early endoscopy history:
In 1950 Olympus developed the world's first gastro-camera GFT-1 which revolutionised endoscopy. It consisted of a miniature camera mounted to the tip of a flexible tube, with a control unit at the base of the tube. The camera included a wide angle lens, a flash lamp, a 32 shot roll of film and openings for air insufflation. Although the physician could not see inside the patient, they could position the camera by observing the glow of the light inside the patient's abdomen.
In the 1960s Olympus introduced many further enhancements including fibrescopes which allowed the physician to see through the camera using an eye piece. This laid the foundation for minimally invasive endoscopic treatment.
Below: An Olympus GFT-1 gastro-camera showing the miniature camera.

Olympus 1950 Scope