Health News Digest: Dr. Sharmila Anandasabapathy Weighs In: “Improved Endoscopy Method Increases Detection of Esophageal Pre-Cancer by Over 40 Percent”

New York, NY
 – May 19, 2011 /Press Release/  –– 

Two studies published in Digestive Diseases and Sciences have demonstrated that an improved method for performing the standard upper endoscopy examination done on over eight million Americans with heartburn each year increases the detection of pre-cancerous cells in the esophagus by over 40 percent. "Seeking dysplasia in a segment of Barrett's esophagus is like looking for the proverbial needle in a haystack. The fact that the brush biopsy with computer-assisted tissue analysis was found to increase detection by over 40 percent in even these highly experienced esophageal GI specialty centers demonstrates the potential of this technique," said Sharmila Anandasabapathy, MD, Chief of Endoscopy, The Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York and lead author of the academic center study. Learn more