NorthShore University HealthSystem has taken the lead on pioneering a dynamic new technology which if successful will differentiate normal cells from early pre-malignant cells with the use of light.

This study is designed to determine if an optic probe (which can be used during a scheduled colonoscopy) can identify any precancerous changes in the colon functions safely and effectively. This probe uses light (not laser) to assess the colonic lining without the need for removing tissue (biopsy). We are hoping this device may detect early cancerous changes in colon tissue with higher accuracy than current tests.

FAQs

Q: What exactly is this research study?
A: The research study involves the use of an optical probe which uses light (not laser or any special kind of light) during the colonoscopy procedure one undergoes. This light probe will be inserted at the end of colonoscopy meaning when the physician is about to withdraw the colonoscope from the colon to record optical readings from the colon. This study is designed to determine if a new optic probe functions safely and effectively. We are hoping this device may detect early cancerous changes in colon tissue with higher accuracy than current tests.

Q: Are there any risks or discomfort associated if anyone decides to be in the research study?
A: So far there are no risks or discomfort seen with the optical probe study. However doctors do not know all the undesired effects that may happen, some undesired effects may go away soon after stopping the intervention. The study doctor will watch you carefully for any undesired effect and will provide treatment for these effects.

Q: How long does it takes to record the readings?
A: The colonoscopy itself will take about 25-30 minutes and with the probe readings the total procedure time will not be prolonged more than 4 minutes.

Q: Is the physician who performs the colonoscopy the one who actually does the study?
A: Yes, the physician does insert the probe and the biomedical engineer records the readings on the software on the computer.

Q: Is there any payment associated for participation in this study?
A: No, there is no payment for participating in the study, however, the patient will be  responsible for paying for the colonoscopy. In order for a patient to participate in the study they must be already eligible for a colonoscopy.  

Q: How it may benefit the person who decides to participate in the study?
A: There will be no direct benefit to the person from participating in this study. The study will allow doctors to learn more about the effectiveness of the new optic probe. It is hoped that use of this probe will enable to detect early cancerous changes in the colon with higher accuracy. This is a research study and does not involve treatment or therapy.

Q: Will the results of the research study will be disclosed to the person who participates in the study?      
A: No, the results of the research study will not be given to the person who participates in the study.

For More Information

If you are interested in being on the forefront of early colon cancer detection and would like to participate in the research study please call 888.364.6400.

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