Endoscopy at Berkshire Health Systems provides our physicians with the remarkable ability to search inside the human body. With powerful digital technology, gastroenterologists diagnose illness and even perform non-invasive procedures such as removing polyps that, left alone, could one day harbor a life-threatening cancer. Our leading edge technology includes Capsule Endoscopy - which enables patients to swallow a disposable camera in a pill to evaluate the esophagus and small bowel - and state-of-the-art facilities at both Berkshire Medical Center and Fairview Hospital. Our physicians perform over 6,000 endoscopic procedures every year to view the esophagus, lungs, stomach, intestines, colon and other areas of the digestive tract.
Among our top priorities is the early detection of colorectal cancer – the second leading cause of cancer-related deaths in the U.S. – which is both “treatable and beatable” if found in its early stages. Experts say 130,000 new colorectal cancer cases will be diagnosed this year, and most will have no known risk factors for the disease. At BHS, we are determined to reduce this alarming trend in our own community through a comprehensive program of aggressive outreach, education and screenings. At the age of 50, men and women should consult with their physicians to schedule this life-saving test. Depending on family history, some people may need to have colonoscopy screenings before the age of 50.
Berkshire Medical Center has a program that helps to streamline the process for scheduling a screening colonoscopy. It's called Direct/Open Access, and you can learn more about it by clicking here.
We work in close collaboration with referring physicians to provide the most accurate diagnoses and help plan the best course of treatment.