Endoscopic Ultrasound (EUS) allows for the imaging of the digestive track and surrounding tissue and organs through the use of sound waves. Patients will be sedated prior to the procedure. An ultrasound device attached to the tip of an endoscope is inserted into the upper or lower digestive track through the mouth or rectum during the procedure. The EUS can get close to the organs being imaged and often allows for more accurate and detailed images than traditional ultrasound, CT, and MRI. The procedure typically lasts 30-90 minutes and patients can usually go home the day of procedure.
Endoscopic Ultrasound is used to:
- Evaluate stages of cancer
- Evaluate pancreatitis and pancreas disorders
- Study abnormalities or tumors in organs
- Study muscles of the lower rectum to determine reasons for fecal incontinence
- Study bumps in the intestinal wall