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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE August 13, 2012
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WINTHROP-UNIVERSITY HOSPITAL PHYSICIAN USES MINIATURE MICROSCOPE TO EXAMINE LIVE TISSUE AT THE CELLULAR LEVEL DURING ENDOSCOPY

Winthrop is first on Long Island to offer this advanced imaging technology to at-risk patients during standard endoscopy procedures


Mineola, NY – Stavros Stavropoulos, MD, Director of Gastrointestinal Endoscopy and the Advanced Endoscopy Program at Winthrop-University Hospital, is using the world’s smallest microscope to view internal tissues at the cellular level in real time during endoscopies. Studies have shown that having this cell-by-cell view of the lining of the GI tract and lungs can lead to improved detection and faster treatment of pre-cancerous conditions.

Winthrop is the first Hospital on Long Island to offer this new advanced imaging technology – known as Cellvizio® – to at-risk patients during standard endoscopy procedures to detect signs of esophageal, colorectal, and bile or pancreatic duct abnormalities and pancreatic cancer.

“Until now, if we found areas that appeared abnormal during endoscopic procedures, we would often take random tissue samples and send them to a laboratory for analysis,” explained Dr. Stavropoulos. “With this new system, we can look at tissue at a microscopic cellular level right there in the endoscopy suite – during the procedure. The old process is often imprecise, inefficient and can take up to a week. Patients often have to come in for ad

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