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Methodist in the Media

Omaha World-Herald: New Technology Aiding Patients, Doctors

Published: Sept. 16, 2015

Al Knoell lay anesthetized on his stomach as Dr. Mike Schafer used a thin tube with a camera on it to probe caverns near Knoell’s pancreas and liver.

The technology Schafer used is the latest available to explore with a clearer view tiny ducts and passageways that may have narrowed or been blocked by stones or tumors. Although a system existed before to root through some of the small branches around the liver, pancreas and gall bladder, the picture available to gastroenterologists was sometimes foggy. The fog has cleared.

“The image quality is vastly improved,” Schafer said before the procedure last week at Methodist Hospital.

SpyGlass DS is the new technology - see how it will benefit physicians and patients in this Omaha World-Herald report from Rick Ruggles.