Boca Raton Regional Hospital’s Stephen Steinberg, MD, is now performing biopsies on at-risk patients during standard endoscopy procedures to view internal tissues at the microscopic level instantaneously. Boca Regional was the first in South Florida and is the only hospital in Palm Beach County to offer Cellvizio®to patients, which revolutionizes the diagnosis and treatment of certain cancers.
Cellvizio, the smallest, flexible microscope in the world, is an optical
biopsy technology that enables tissue within the human body to be viewed
directly at the cellular level. It allows for the detection of anomalies
that are invisible to the naked eye in various different organs, particularly
in the gastrointestinal, urinary and pulmonary systems.
To utilize Cellvizio, Dr. Steinberg threads the tiny microscope through
a traditional endoscope. The detailed cellular look appears in real time
on the screen under the administration of a contrast agent, allowing the
physician to recognize typical features of healthy and diseased tissue.
“With Cellvizio, we have a tool that provides microscopic images
of the lining of the gastrointestinal tract and pulmonary tissue,”
said Dr. Steinberg, Medical Director of the Pancreas & Biliary Center
of South Florida at the Eugene M. & Christine E. Lynn Cancer Institute
at Boca Regional. “This enables us to determine whether the tissue
is benign or malignant, and helps us to guide treatment decisions in real-time.
We now have more visual information about internal tissues than ever before.”
Until now, areas that appeared abnormal during endoscopic procedures would
be biopsied and sent to a laboratory for analysis. With Cellvizio the
process is more precise, increasingly efficient and can accelerate the
diagnostic and treatment process.
The Cellvizio technology provides the opportunity to avoid complicated
interventions, including eliminating a number of additional invasive procedures.
It is also possible to direct patients more quickly towards the appropriate
Boca Regional is only one of approximately 100 centers in the United States
using Cellvizio. Cellvizio is cleared by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration
(FDA) for use in the gastrointestinal tract and lungs.
About Boca Raton Regional Hospital – Advancing the boundaries of medicine.
Boca Raton Regional Hospital is an advanced, tertiary medical center
with 400 beds and more than 800 primary and specialty physicians on staff.
The Hospital is a recognized leader in oncology, cardiovascular disease
and surgery, minimally invasive surgery, orthopedics, women’s health,
emergency medicine and the neurosciences, all of which offer state-of-the-art
diagnostic and imaging capabilities. The Hospital is a designated Comprehensive
Stroke Center by the Florida Agency for Health Care Administration (AHCA).
Boca Raton Regional Hospital was the recipient of the 2014 Distinguished
Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence™ for 10 years running and
was named one of America’s 50 Best Hospitals in 2011, 2012, 2013
and 2014, both by Healthgrades®. Boca Raton Regional Hospital was
also recognized in
U.S. News & World Report’s
2016–2017 Best Hospitals listing as a top-ranked regional hospital
in the South Florida metropolitan area and the highest ranked hospital
in Palm Beach County.
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