Endoscopic Ultrasound (“EUS”) requires an endoscope with a tiny, ultrasound tool at the end. This endoscope is inserted via a patient’s mouth, or anus and guided toward whichever area of the intestines is being address. Also, an interesting fact, by putting the endoscope into the upper part of the gastrointestinal tract, EUS can create pictures of the surrounding structures, not just those inside the gut. The ultrasound probe is used to create detailed pictures of the body, including the intestines, lungs, pancreas, liver, gallbladder and stomach.
EUS can also look at other structures lower down in the body by inserting the endoscope through the rectum into the lower part of the gastrointestinal tract, and is an excellent way to look at and take samples from different regions of the body.
Ultrasound travels freely through fluid and soft tissues. However, ultrasound is reflected back (it bounces back as ‘echoes’) when it hits a more solid (dense) surface. For example, the ultrasound will travel freely though blood in a heart chamber. But, when it hits a solid valve, the ultrasound echoes back. Another example is that when ultrasound travels though bile in a gallbladder it will echo back strongly if it hits a solid gallstone.
So, as ultrasound ‘hits’ different structures of different density in the body, it sends back echoes of varying strength. This helps to build a picture of the structures surrounding the probe.
Endoscopic ultrasounds produce medical images with a significant amount of detail without having to resort to open or laparoscopic surgery. They can also help a doctor get a better look at growths and other abnormalities found during prior exams, such as CT scan. For example, unlike a final x-ray image, the final image of an endoscopic ultrasound will display accurate information about how deep into the tissue and other organs a growth has spread. Accordingly, EUS is often turned to as a method of monitoring and treatment cancers of the respiratory and digestive systems. During EUS, biopsy of cancerous tissue can be done for diagnosis and treatment as well.
When having an endoscopy ultrasound, the endoscope is gently passed through the mouth and into the stomach and then into the duodenum while the patient is sedated. This allows your gastroenterologist to see and examine the lining of the esophagus, stomach and duodenum (the first portion of the small intestine).
First, when you arrive at our office you will be welcomed by our thoughtful staff and a dedicated team of experts that deliver personalize care. To add to your comfort level, we strive to keep the same physicians and nursing staff with the patient throughout all your appointments at the center. In this way, the staff gets to understand the patient’s concerns and conditions, and you get to know the persons taking care of you on a personal level.
Also, we strive to make your visit as hassle free as possible. We accurately schedule visits in advance, provide convenient onsite parking, and keep your waiting period to an absolute minimum. This is achieved by the fact that no emergency procedures are placed in front of your scheduled time (such as in most hospitals). Also, we do not double book patient appointments, when you are scheduled to be treated that time is assigned only to you.
When undergoing an endoscopy ultrasound, the following will apply to your endoscopic procedural visit:
The most important thing to remember is not to worry! Our gastroenterologist are highly experienced physicians and we have completed thousands of endoscopies, also we supply our gastroenterologist with only the best equipment to increase safety, as well as diagnostic and treatment effectiveness. Last, but certainly not least, please ask any questions you may have of your healthcare team, who will be there for you during and after your procedure, and all of whom are dedicated to ensure you receive the best care possible.
IMPORTANT HEALTH NOTE
We recommend that people experiencing gastrointestinal symptoms do not attempt self-treatment. With many medications being available over the counter, and numerous do-it-yourself online unqualified remedy recommendation, it is natural to consider treating yourself but we highly recommend against this.
If you are experiencing gastrointestinal symptoms you may have a more significant issue than you would expect from the sometimes muted or infrequent symptom you may be experiencing. It is important to keep in mind that is you are having gastrointestinal symptoms or concerns it is best see a doctor to have those symptoms diagnosed and any conditions treated. Also, it is worth noting, that if health conditions do exist, the earlier they are diagnosed and treated, the greater the probability will be to successfully eliminate or manage a present condition, in fact successful outcomes will increase significantly with early detection.
If you have gastrointestinal concerns or are experiencing any gastrointestinal symptoms, please contact us promptly to schedule a consultation with a physician.
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