Sanford ENT Specialists utilize High-resolution View for Diagnosis

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Sanford first to receive new ENT-7000 Video Laryngoscope

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Ear, nose and throat specialists at Sanford Health in Sioux Falls are the first in the nation to use the ENT-7000 Video Laryngoscope from Vision Sciences. The device allows pediatric physicians to easily gain an improved view with maximized patient comfort during diagnostic procedures.

“When we’re working with children, especially in areas like the throat, ears or nose, it can be very difficult to see in those tight spaces,” said Patrick Munson, M.D., Sanford pediatric ear, nose and throat specialist. “For example, this gives me a chance to examine a child’s throat to find the source of an issue without surgery and without additional discomfort from a larger or more rigid scope.”

The ENT-7000 video flexible laryngoscopy is just 2.4 millimeters in size, currently the smallest on the market, to ensure the patient is comfortable during the examination. On the other end, the video output is high-resolution imaging to give physicians a vivid view.

During a laryngoscopy, the flexible scope is inserted through a nostril or the mouth, allowing the doctor to examine the throat area using the display. Laryngoscopes are used to diagnose and treat a series of head and neck disorders including acid reflux, swallowing conditions, sinusitis, hoarseness, chronic cough, sleep apnea and head and neck cancer.

Vision Sciences unveiled the ENT-7000 in late September 2014.

About Sanford Health
Sanford Health is an integrated health system headquartered in the Dakotas and is now the largest, rural, not-for-profit health care system in the nation with locations in 126 communities in nine states. In addition, Sanford Health is in the process of developing international clinics in Ghana, Mexico and China.

Sanford Health includes 43 hospitals, 140 clinic locations and 1,360 physicians in 81 specialty areas of medicine. With more than 26,000 employees, Sanford Health is the largest employer in North Dakota and South Dakota. The system is experiencing dynamic growth and development in conjunction with nearly $1 billion in gifts from philanthropist Denny Sanford. These gifts are making possible the implementation of several initiatives, including global children's clinics, multiple research centers and finding cures for type 1 diabetes and breast cancer. For more information, visit

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