Florida GI practice first in state to use novel test for Barrett's esophagus

Florida Digestive Health Specialists in Sarasota, Fla., performed the first Barrett's esophagus test using EsoCheck, according to a June 22 email to Becker's ASC Review.

EsoCheck collects cells from the lower esophagus without the need for an endoscopy. Patients swallow the pill-sized device that inflates and swabs for cells.

Florida Digestive Health Specialists is the first practice in the state to perform the test.

"This technology gives us an opportunity to find many of the 94-95 percent of patients who are at risk for developing esophageal cancer but don’t know it," Scott Corbett, MD, director of the Barrett’s Esophagus Institute at Florida Digestive Health Specialists said.

 

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