High definition is no longer just for watching TV at home - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

3/26/10

High definition is no longer just for watching TV at home

By Kristin Beerman | email

Edited by Jon Bush | email 

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) – High definition is no longer just for televisions in the home.  Now some doctors are now using the same technology to screen for colon cancer.  From the tiny camera at the tip of the scope to the monitor displaying vivid images in HD, which can bring big benefits to the patient.     

"In my experience doing colonoscopy in HD allows me to find the polyps and pre malignant conditions earlier because the images are so crisp and sharp that finding them is a lot easier," said Leon Maratchi, M.D., a gastroenterologist.

A colonoscopy screening is recommended by age 50 and earlier if you have a family history of colon cancer.  It is believed that a colonoscopy can reduce the average person's risk of dying from colorectal cancer by 90%.

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