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Elizabethtown Community Hospital introduces high-definition endoscopy

ELIZABETHTOWN High-definition television (HDTV) is making its way from the living room to the hospital room. Elizabethtown Community Hospital has introduced this technology as part of a new endoscope platform to help doctors diagnose diseases in the upper and lower gastrointestinal tract. Compared to conventional systems, this high-definition endoscopy provides doctors with sharper images and better contrast, which improves a physicians ability to find polyps during screenings for colon cancer and other diseases. In the stomach it helps to evaluate reflux disease and its complications. As a result, patients may receive more accurate diagnoses. The new Olympus system can also shorten procedure times for patients. Dr. Eugene Cassone from Gastroenterology Associates of Plattsburgh, who sees patients at Elizabethtown Community Hospital several times a month, uses the new endoscope platform. This technology improves our ability to visualize the intestines, colon, esophagus and stomach, explained Dr. Cassone. We are very excited about this new technology. This is the latest and best endoscopy equipment available. Elizabethtown Community Hospital (ECH), which first opened in 1926, is a 25-bed Critical Access Hospital located in Essex County, New York, part of the Adirondack Region. The Hospital has 175 employees and in 2007 treated almost 700 in-patients and nearly 4,500 emergency room patients. The Hospital has a network of primary clinics at Elizabethtown and Westport, New York. The Hospital maintains a 24-hour emergency room and a large variety of specialty clinics staffed by board certified physicians. Other services include in and out patient physical therapy, a full-service laboratory and radiology services including mammography, bone density, CAT scans and echocardiograms. Olympus is a precision technology leader in designing and delivering imaging solutions in healthcare, life science and photography.

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