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Palm Bay Hospital unveils new 'micro-camera procedure'

Hospital offers patients less-invasive, high-tech "SpyGlass" equipment

PALM BAY, FL - Palm Bay Hospital, part of the not-for-profit, Brevard-based Health First family of healthcare facilities and services, now offers patients a new, high-tech visualization system that can cut down on procedures, return trips to the hospital, and eliminate additional testing.

Until now, if a patient had a problem with the liver, gallbladder, or pancreas (among others), a physician would probably need to use a scope that was inserted in the patient's mouth and twisted and turned through the entire digestive system until the trouble spot was reached. That procedure can be uncomfortable and often does not provide enough information about a patient's problem, leading to additional tests, X-rays, and more.

Palm Bay Hospital now offers patients a less-invasive, more powerful alternative. The revolutionary "SpyGlass System," now available to any Palm Bay Hospital patient, involves inserting a tiny 6,000-pixel camera directly into the troublespot through a small catheter. This tiny camera is lit, can be steered in any direction. and is designed to allow doctors to access and inspect all four quadrants of the examination and treatment area. As a result, physicians are able to achieve improved diagnoses.

"When Palm Bay Hospital doubled its size last year, we renewed our promise to provide Palm Bay and our surrounding communities with the latest, cutting-edge medicine available," says Palm Bay Hospital President Judy Gizinski. "This new "SpyGlass" procedure offers our patients improved results, better recovery times, and reduces the possibility of additional tests. This is the latest step in fulfilling our promise to our patients and the community."

Notes: The "SpyGlass" procedure is also available at Holmes Regional Medical Center, which is also part of the not-for-profit Brevard-based Health First family.