How to do a ‘perfect’ colonoscopy (Picture: Shutterstock)A simple surgery that could save the life of a newborn or a dying patient is one of the most effective treatments in the world, and a British study suggests that if it were available in the UK, it would be the best way to save the lives of people suffering from cancer.
Researchers from the University of York’s Department of Medicine and Surgery used an automated colonoscopy machine to scan a baby’s rectum using a 3D scanner and then analyse the resulting CT images to help them determine the size and shape of the baby’s colon.
The results showed that the machines performance was better than other surgical approaches.
The machines are able to scan much more accurately than a CT scan, which means that doctors can take a better look at the colonoscape and make a more accurate diagnosis.
The study found that if the machines were to be used in the United Kingdom, it could save a baby or a terminally ill patient’s life in an average of around 10 per cent of cases.
The technique has been used to successfully save the organs of terminally-ill patients and many children with cancer.
But it has not been widely adopted, and doctors in the U.K. and in other countries have expressed concern that the technology is not being used properly.
Professor Peter Jones, who led the study, said: ‘If we were able to take the technology and turn it on and off in the right way, we could be making a significant difference to the lives and health of people with cancer in the next few years.’
We could potentially save a lot of lives in the future by getting people the treatment and the surgery they need.’
But we’ve got to get people the machines, which are expensive, which aren’t available in our country.’
The study was published in the journal Clinical Oncology.
Professor Jones added: ‘There are a lot more people with this disease and this technology that could be saved if we could get the equipment to people in the country who have the technology to do it.’
He added that the new technology could save lives by preventing or treating cancer that is not curable.
Professor Michael Wrangham, the Chief Medical Officer of the UK Association of GPs, said that there are some benefits to the technology.
He said:’If we can find a way of reducing the number of procedures, which is a real concern, then we could save thousands of lives.’
The machine could help save the patient’s bowel or colon, which in turn could save their life, and it could also be used to treat colorectal cancer, which we know has a high death rate.’
In my experience, it’s a lot cheaper to treat a cancerous tumour than it is to save another life.’
Professor Wranaham added that while the machine would save lives, the benefits would depend on how many patients were affected by the disease.’
If you have a very severe disease that’s resistant to drugs and surgery, then it could make a big difference in the lives in terms of reducing death rates,’ he said.’
You’d want to do things like put in extra money to treat people who are very vulnerable to dying and to do that, you need to treat them in the hospital.’
It would have to be something that was absolutely life-saving, and we’re not really sure of the price point of it.’
Professor Jones said the technology would need to be adopted in a ‘robust’ way.’
A major concern for the research is that it could be so effective that it’s not actually available in a number of countries,’ he added.’
There are some challenges in the technology, and so it’s going to take a lot to get it out to the population in a timely fashion.’
The team at the University are now working with researchers at Oxford University to see if they can bring the technology into the U, so it can be made available to the public.
Dr David Jones, the Director of the University’s Medical Research Institute, said the research could be used by NHS doctors, doctors of allied health, dentists and physiotherapists.’
This is a great way of delivering care to those patients who are struggling to cope with a life-threatening illness and could provide a way to improve quality of life for them,’ he told the BBC.’
So it’s fantastic that this technology has already been developed and is now available to everyone.’