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July 28, 2004 8:47 AM

A new £100,000 system installed at Glasgow Royal Infirmary is ensuring a better experience for patients undergoing colonoscopic investigations for cancer and other bowel conditions using state-of-the-art magnetic technology.

The ScopeGuide system – the first of its kind in Glasgow – provides enhanced images of the lower intestine, making colonoscopy – a technically challenging task – quicker and more comfortable for patients. 

Dr Ruth McKee, Consultant in Colorectal Surgery at Glasgow Royal Infirmary, explained: " We are now able to track the 3-dimensional shape of the scope via a monitor at all times during colonoscopic investigations, which means patient discomfort can be minimised."

"In addition, the system allows us to see the shape of the scope from the outside without risking x-ray exposure, making it safer for patients. "

Ricky Forbes, who is also based at Glasgow Royal Infirmary's Endoscopy Unit, was one of the first nurse colonoscopists to be trained in Scotland and now performs endoscopic and colorectal investigations.  He is currently being trained in the use of the new equipment, which was provided by the New Opportunities Fund.

"Since the introduction of the new system, my technique and speed have improved considerably," he said.  "ScopeGuide allows me to see where the colonoscope is getting stuck or twisted.  It's then easier to work out how to proceed."

Dr McKee confirmed: "Effective methods of detection are vital in terms of conditions such as colorectal cancer and colitis.  For example, colorectal cancer is one of the most detectable and, if found early enough, most treatable forms of cancer.

"The use of the new ScopeGuide system will help us to ensure that patients are treated quickly, effectively and comfortably, modernising the way we care for them."

Images of Dr McKee and Mr Forbes with the new ScopeGuide equipment are available on request.


For further information please contact Andrea Thomson on 0141 201 3299 or e-mail [email protected]

Notes to Editors:

· North Glasgow University Hospitals Division provided Ricky Forbes' nurse practitioner training in collaboration with Glasgow Caledonian University.

· The New Opportunities Fund uses money from the National Lottery to deliver programmes across the UK that are designed to improve the quality of life for people and communities, address disadvantage, encourage community participation and complement Government strategies.

· ScopeGuide involves the insertion of a probe containing special coils which generate magnetic fields.  The system's built-in antenna picks up these fields which are then used to generate a composite image of the scope's shape within the patient.

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