For good cause: Prof Marian Jacobs, dean of health sciences, Dr Reno Morar, deputy dean for health services, Prof Jake Krige, of the Department of Surgery, as well as Prof Bongani Mayosi, head of the Department of Medicine show gratitude to a donation by Prof Adrian Hatfield (far right).
|Archives - May 2010||The Gastrointestinal Clinic at UCT/Groote Schuur Hospital has been boosted by the donation of an Olympus endoscopic ultrasound system to diagnose complex gastrointestinal diseases.|
The R3-million funding was spearheaded by Adrian Hatfield,
visiting professor of gastroenterology from University
College Hospital in London, who persuaded winemaking
entrepreneurs Rhona and Graham Beck to help.
|Hatfield, at Groote Schuur on a three-month sabbatical
had noticed with concern the absence of any Endoscopic
Ultrasound equipment at the hospital. The machine is where
an ultrasound scanner is built into the end of an endoscope
to give not just an endoscopic view inside the
gastrointestinal tract. It also creates an image of the wall
of the gut and the structures immediately below.
|Hatfield explains that the definition obtained in this
way is vastly superior to that of even the most modern
computerised tomography or magnetic resonance imaging
scanners. "The technique allows for the accurate and direct
needle-biopsying of a suspicious area to detect cancer
without having to put the patient at risk of any external
biopsy technique," he says.
|Hatfield has been coming to UCT, first as a consultant and later as a visiting professor since 1979, assisting in the upgrading of treatment techniques.|
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