• SpyGlass® Direct Visualization System

  • Penrose-St. Francis Health Services is proud to use the SpyGlass® Direct Visualization System , which helps doctors quickly and accurately determine a gastroenterology patient's medical condition. The SpyGlass uses a mini-endoscope that has four-way maneuverability. It also uses a miniature 6,000 pixel fiber-optic probe that transmits images from inside the biliary tract.

    SpyGlass is used like a traditional endoscope. Because it is easy to maneuver, only one physician is needed to operate the system. It can reach areas of the biliary tract that are inaccessible with standard endoscopes. In addition, extra channels in the device enable the physician to insert instruments to deliver treatment from inside the body. One instrument can deliver sound waves that break up gallstones so they can be more easily removed. Another instrument enables a physician to take biopsies of tissue suspected to be cancer.

    SpyGlass is a fiber-optic camera, about the size of a pencil point, which is inserted into the upper digestive tract and threaded through the stomach and into the bile ducts. This life-saving tool allows doctors to quickly and precisely locate and examine tissue without having to perform surgery.

    Other benefits of SpyGlass include:

    • quicker and more precise diagnosis
    • better visualization and mobility for the physician
    • fewer repeat procedures
    • ability to perform immediate biopsies in full view
    • reduced exposure to X-rays


    Talk to  your gastroenterologist if you will be undergoing a GI procedure to learn more about SpyGlass® Direct Visualization System technology. Or, visit the SpyGlass® Direct Visualization System website for videos of GI procedures using SpyGlass technology.

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