Apollo launches NBI and FICE technology for stomach treatment

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Kolkata, Sep 13 (UNI) Apollo Gleneagles Hospitals today launched two latest technologies - Narrow Band Imaging (NBI) and Fujinon Intelligent Contrast Enhancement (FICE) -- for treating gastrointestinal ailments.

Speaking on the occasion, Director and Chief Gastroenterologist of the hospital Dr Mahesh Goenka said, ''Stomach troubles have always been the unpleasant companion of Bengalis. Given our modern stressful lifestyle, adulteration of food and other factors, it is no longer restricted within the boundaries of Bengal, but has become a national issue.'' Asked about the newly launched technologies, he stated, ''Unlike conventional equipment of endoscopy, NBI and FICE are the latest technologies which enable us to detect serious problems of the stomach and intestine at a vey early stage and treat them often at the same go. '' Director Medical Services of the Hospital Dr V R Raman opined, ''Technology is constantly evolving to provide us with better solution and the introduction of NBI and FICE is proof of our commitment to people to provide the best healthcare.'' ''NBI is an optical filter technology that radically improves the visibility of capillaries, veins and other subtle tissue structures by optimising the absorbance and scattering characteristics of light. NBI and FICE can detect small tumours and pre-cancerous lesions, which may be missed by conventional endoscopy, '' he said.

Pondering over another upcoming technology, Dr Goenka said, ''We are soon to start liver transplantation system that will go a long way to serve humanity.'' Finally with the launch of new medical technologies, he hoped time is not far when there would be a reverse movement of patients - both from national and international fronts - to Kolkata for better treatment in the next five to six years.

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