For years, a standard colonoscopy was the best option for screening and diagnosing colorectal cancer. Using a traditional endoscope, a GI doctor is able to examine the lower gastrointestinal tract and the large intestine (the colon) to identify and detect precancerous polyps and remove them, greatly reducing a person’s chances of developing colorectal cancer. However, the level of precision and detection afforded by traditional, forward-viewing colonoscopies is not perfect and a significant number of precancerous polyps can be missed.
Today, an innovative colon cancer screening technology called Fuse (full spectrum endoscopy) is available, which has dramatically increased the thoroughness of colonoscopies and the detection rate of precancerous polyps. In this blog, top Manhattan gastroenterologist, Dr. Anthony Borcich, will explain how the Fuse technology works and its advantages over traditional colonoscopies.
What is a Fuse colonoscopy?
Fuse is the latest advance in colonoscopic imaging that provides an increased level of visualization. It involves using 3-camera panoramic imaging technology resulting in a more thorough inspection and higher adenoma detection rate (ADR). With a Fuse colonoscopy, a skilled endoscopist can still achieve a 100% cecal intubation rate, which is an important indicator of colonoscopy quality. According to recommendations by the US Multi-Society Task Force on Colorectal Cancer, rates above 90% for all colonoscopies and above 95% for screening colonoscopies should be achieved.
With a Fuse colonoscopy, your colon cancer screening experience will otherwise remain as with any other colonoscopy, but the endoscope technology used by the gastroenterologist will make for a more thorough screening. While no colonoscopy can guarantee detection of every precancerous polyp, studies have demonstrated that with the use of Fuse imaging, significantly fewer lesions are missed, which is expected to translate into greater protection from colon cancer, as demonstrated in earlier studies.
What are the advantages of Fuse endoscope technology?
Fuse provides numerous advantages, including:
- Panoramic 330 degree view, in contrast to the standard 170 degree view with forward-viewing scopes
- Greater precision and detail throughout the screening
- Higher detection of abnormalities and precancerous polyps
- Greater protection against colon cancer
- Covered by insurance in the same way as a traditional colonoscopy
- High patient satisfaction rates
- Maintains high cecal intubation rate (up to 100%), when performed by a skilled endoscopist
How does Fuse decrease my chances of developing colorectal cancer?
With the precision afforded by the full spectrum Fuse endoscope technology combined with his many years of experience, Dr. Borcich finds adenomatous polyps in 38% of his patients. A landmark study published in the New England Journal of Medicine demonstrated that for every 1% increase in polyp detection rate (over the target 15% detection rate that a given gastroenterologist may achieve), their patient’s risk of colon cancer falls by 3% and the risk of death from colon cancer falls by 5%. This means that with a 38% detection rate, Dr. Borcich’s patients are provided a screening colonoscopy that offers 60% or greater protection against colon cancer than an average screening colonoscopy.
Where can I find a doctor who performs Fuse colonoscopy in NYC?
Top Manhattan gastroenterology practice, Anthony Borcich, M.D. P.C., is pleased to offer colon cancer screening in NYC with Fuse technology. Dr. Borcich performs colon cancer screenings at a state-of-the-art endoscopy facility, providing the latest Fuse equipment for the most advanced screening and highest detection rates. To learn more about Fuse technology or to schedule your colon cancer screening in NYC with Dr. Borcich, you can get started by filling out the contact form right on this page or by contacting our office.