Third Eye Colonoscopy Offers a New Perspective
Did you know that very few doctors perform the highly advanced and accurate third eye colonoscopy? In fact, Dr. Berookim is one of the only GI doctors offering this procedure in Beverly Hills, LA, Hollywood and Santa Monica. Colonoscopy has always been the most effective way to prevent patients from developing colon cancer. However, older techniques and equipment still sometimes miss precancerous polyps (adenomas). This is because the colon isn’t a straight tube. It’s full of twists, turns and creases. It’s easy to miss a polyp that is hidden behind a fold in the tissue. This new device dramatically increases the accuracy of colon cancer screening. In a multi-center trial with more than 440 patients, the third eye colonoscopy detected 23% more polyps than traditional colonoscopy.
How Does the Third Eye Equipment Work?
During a regular colonoscopy, a device called a colonoscope is inserted into the colon. This flexible tool is equipped with a fiberoptic light and a tiny video camera. The image from the camera is projected on a screen for large-scale viewing. However, the camera only provides a view in the direction it is facing (forward). If there is a fold of tissue, the camera may not see the back side of the fold.
The third eye is an additional camera that is inserted through the channel in the colonoscope. It extends out through the end of the scope and rotates 180 degrees to point its lens backward. This means there is now a front and back view of any tissue fold. There is no longer any place for polyps to hide. With the additional visibility provided by this “retroscope”, Dr. Berookim can easily see and remove suspicious polyps to ensure that you remain safe from colon cancer.
Who Is a Candidate for Third Eye Colonoscopy?
Dr. Berookim offers this colonoscopy procedure to all patients who wish to have additional peace of mind regarding the accuracy of their colon cancer screening. The colonoscopy procedure preparation steps are identical to those for a traditional screening. Patient comfort is carefully maintained, risks are minimal, and recovery is the same as a standard colonoscopy.
Patients who may benefit the most from third eye colonoscopy are those who are at increased risk for colon cancer. This includes individuals who have a personal history of polyps or a family history of colon cancer. Patients who have any symptoms of potential disease such as unexplained weight loss, bowel movement changes, or narrow or bloody stool should be very thoroughly screened using the most effective tools and techniques available.
Dr. Berookim’s office is conveniently located for all patients in the LA area including Beverly Hills, Hollywood, and Santa Monica. Colonoscopy patients can learn more about the third eye procedure or schedule an appointment by calling 310.271.1122.