Endoscopic ultrasound involves a special endoscope (an instrument used to view the inside of the body) with a sound wave transducer at the tip. As the endoscope is passed inside the body, it allows ultrasound examination of the esophagus, stomach, pancreas, bile duct, and colon with far greater detail than that which can be obtained from outside the body. Endoscopic ultrasound also allows detection of small nodules or masses within the pancreas, or subtle changes in the substance of the pancreas that might indicate chronic scarring or inflammation. Tissue samples may be obtained under direct vision from endoscopic ultrasound. Patients with difficult to diagnose abdominal pain may benefit from this type of detailed examination. Rectal Endoscopic Ultrasound provides additional information about rectal polyps, rectal cancer, peri-anal infection and sphincter muscle injuries.
Performed at North Campus
Your physician will prescribe the necessary preparation for this procedure.