Minimally Invasive Ultrasound Technology
Little Company of Mary Hospital offers a minimally invasive technology that uses ultrasound imaging technology to inspect the digestive tract and surrounding tissues and organs for abnormalities, including cancer.
The procedure, Endoscopic Ultrasound (EUS) uses a small flexible tube called an endoscope, most commonly used in upper endoscopies or colonoscopies that have an ultrasound probe built-in the tip of the device. While sedated, a tube is inserted into the mouth or rectum and the physician observes a 180-degree video image of the inside of the digestive tract. A second monitor displays 360-degree ultrasound images of the structures and organs surrounding the digestive tract in high resolution.
The technology allows the physician to precisely examine the area in a more magnified and clearer view than ever before. The entire procedure takes up to one hour, which allows you to go home the same day.
Benefits of EUS for patients:
- More advanced imaging than CT-scans or MRIs
- Less invasive biopsy capability for rapid diagnoses
- Two certified EUS specialists available for flexible scheduling