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Path to follow! Great Neck student released for cancer research

A Great Neck student’s research on colon cancer was recently selected for publication in a scientific journal.

Tyler Chang, a senior at Great Neck North High School, published his research on improving the success rate of colon cancer detections in the Journal of Clinical Gastroenterology this spring.

Chang’s research examined the adenoma detection rates of endoscopists who used new full-spectrum endoscopy technology for three years and then switched back to traditional forward-looking endoscopes at a local outpatient surgical center.

Traditional forward-looking endoscopes have a camera and offer a viewing angle of between 140 and 170 degrees, while full-spectrum endoscopes – which are no longer commercially available – offer a 330-degree view thanks to adding two side cameras, Chang said. . He concluded that there were no statistical differences in adenoma detection rates for full-spectrum endoscopes compared to traditional forward-looking endoscopes.

“Completing this project and publishing the article was one of the most challenging but rewarding experiences for me,” Chang said. “What I have found most inspiring about this process is that there are still so many unanswered scientific questions. Through scientific research, the answer to many of these questions can be discovered and published. , which adds to the collective knowledge of the world.

MICHAEL R. EBERT