New endoscopy platform helps Newton Medical Center physicians deliver state-of-the-art patient care

Newton Medical Center recently acquired the Olympus EVIS EXERA III video endoscopy system. Endoscopy systems, comprised of a processor, light source, endoscope and monitor, enable physicians to peer inside the human body to diagnose, detect and treat gastrointestinal (GI) diseases and respiratory conditions. The advanced imaging in the system will help physicians at Newton Medical Center detect GI diseases, such as colorectal cancer, at an earlier stage when treatments are most successful.

The third-generation EVIS EXERA III system provides enhanced image quality, added brightness and several key technologies such as HDTV for superior clarity and dual-focus capabilities that allow physicians to switch the depth of field from normal focus to near focus for more detailed observation of suspected lesions. These new technologies are designed to help physicians provide their patients with more accurate and earlier diagnoses.

Early detection can improve treatment outcomes, reduce overall healthcare costs and improve the quality of life for patients. To aid in early detection,
the American Cancer Society recommends that beginning at age 50, both men and women at average risk for developing colorectal cancer should be screened for colorectal cancer and polyps, and those with personal or family risk factors should be tested even earlier.

In addition to helping physicians at Newton Medical Center detect and diagnose disease at an earlier stage, the EVIS EXERA III system should improve comfort for patients as well. Technologies such as Passive Bending (for following contours in the colon), High Force Transmission (for improved sensitivity to a physician’s movements), Variable Stiffness (to meet the unique anatomical needs of the patient), and ScopeGuide (for visualizing the scope’s position inside the patient’s body) all deliver better control to the physician and help to improve comfort for the patient.

“The improved handling on the new Olympus EVIS EXERA III scopes is particularly helpful in situations that require advanced endoscopic technique. It also makes the entire experience much easier on my patients,” said John McEachern, MD, General Surgeon at Newton Medical Center.

Additionally, the EVIS EXERA III endoscopy system is designed around system integration and workflow management to ease setup and reprocessing, manage patient data, communicate with hospital networks and provide seamless IT integration to help optimize the flow of activity in the endoscopy suite and the hospital overall.

“With the acquisition of the Olympus EVIS EXERA III system, our goals are to continue to provide safe, patient-focused care, improve the efficiency of our operations and enhance our diagnostic capabilities. With this advanced technology, we are able to provide our patients with more accurate diagnoses, shorten their procedure times and improve their overall procedural experience,” said Cindy Knoeppel, Surgical and Cardiac Service-line Executive Director.

Newton Medical Center is a comprehensive 103-bed hospital in Newton, Kan., offering full-service medical care in Harvey, Butler and northern Sedgwick counties. For more information about Newton Medical Center, please call 316-283-2700 or visit

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