Tifton Endoscopy Center offers The Fuse system — 4 insights

Tifton (Ga.) Endoscopy Center is one of the first centers in the state offering EndoChoice's The Fuse system, according to the Tifton Gazette.

Here are four insights:

1. The Fuse endoscope system uses three small cameras at the tip of a flexible GI endoscope.

2. The FDA cleared The Fuse system in the United States in 2013.

3. In a multi-center trial conducted in the United States, Europe and Israel, researchers performed a series of colonoscopies comparing standard, forward-viewing endoscopes and the new Fuse system. The 185-patient trial showed standard, forward-viewing endoscopes missed 41 percent of potentially pre-cancerous lesions, while the Fuse system missed just 7 percent.

4. More than 15 million colonoscopies are performed across the United States each year and most insurance companies cover the costs for those patients over age 50.

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