Suffern, New York, (March 7, 2014) Almost half a million people annually in the U.S. undergo a procedure called an ERCP to diagnose problems in their liver, gallbladder, pancreas and bile ducts. Physicians at Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center, Suffern, New York,  are now using a new technology to diagnose and treat conditions such as obstructions and stones within the pancreatico-biliary system. The technology, known as the SpyGlass® Direct Visualization System, includes a miniature 6,000 pixel fiber optic probe that provides physicians with a direct view of a patient’s pancreas and bile ducts, overcoming some of the visual challenges of conventional ERCP procedures.

As part of the traditional ERCP procedure, physicians use an endoscope – a long, flexible, lighted tube that is inserted through a patient’s mouth and directed through the stomach into the first part of the small intestine –to view the entrance to the pancreatico-biliary system. After injecting water soluble contrast into the common bile duct, x-rays may be taken of the pancreatico-biliary system. However, these x-rays are two-dimensional images that often do not provide enough information to obtain a complete diagnosis.

During some procedures, physicians may need to pass small catheters to obtain tissue samples.  However, data shows that up to 30 percent of ERCPs performed using brush cytology or biopsy forceps for tissue diagnosis are inconclusive, potentially creating the need for additional testing or repeat procedures. Besides being inconvenient for patients having to return to the hospital, the procedure can take two or more hours and typically requires them not to eat or drink six to eight hours beforehand.

Physicians have begun using the SpyGlass System, developed by Boston Scientific Corporation, to provide direct visualization of patients’ pancreatico-biliary system which may improve diagnosis by helping to identify stones and strictures (obstructions). A fiber optic probe attaches to a camera head and is inserted through a single-use catheter that can be steered in four directions. This is designed to allow the user to access and inspect all four quadrants of the examination and treatment area. As a result, physicians are able to achieve an improved diagnosis for patients.


About Bon Secours Charity Health System
Bon Secours Charity Health System comprises Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center in Suffern, New York, and two community hospitals, Bon Secours Community Hospital in Port Jervis, New York, and St. Anthony Community Hospital in Warwick, New York.

It includes the Bon Secours Medical Group, a regional network of nearly 80 primary and specialty care providers with convenient locations throughout the Hudson Valley.
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Bon Secours Charity Health System also includes a certified home health agency, two long-term care facilities, an assisted living/adult home facility, and several other off-site medical programs.

The Health System serves nearly 1 million people. With more than 3,400 employees, the Health System is one of the region’s largest employers. For more information, visit

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Bon Secours Health System, headquartered in Marriottsville, MD, a $3.5 billion not-for-profit Catholic health system, owns, manages or joint ventures 19 acute-care hospitals, one psychiatric hospital, five nursing care facilities, four assisted living facilities and 14 home care and hospice programs. Bon Secours’ more than 21,000 employees help people in six states: Maryland, Virginia, Florida, New York, South Carolina, and Kentucky. Visit for more information.

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