An endoscopic ultrasound is a diagnostic procedure that combines an endoscopy with ultrasound imaging. It creates high-quality images of your upper digestive tract, as well as some of the surrounding organs. Dedicated to helping you get the answers you need, board-certified gastroenterologist Ramesh Ashwath, MD, FACG, and the team at Bay Area Advanced Gastroenterology Care perform endoscopic ultrasounds. To learn more about the low-risk procedure, call the office in Brandon, Florida, or request an appointment online today.
An endoscopic ultrasound uses soundwave technology to create high-quality images of the lining of your esophagus, stomach, and the first portion of your small intestine (duodenum).
The diagnostic test also produces images of surrounding organs, including the liver, gallbladder, pancreas, and lymph nodes.
The team at Bay Area Advanced Gastroenterology Care explains why you may benefit from an endoscopic ultrasound during a consultation. The diagnostic procedure helps diagnose many digestive disorders, such as:
During your endoscopic ultrasound, your doctor may use a small needle to aspirate a tissue sample for testing. They may also drain pseudocysts found in the pancreas.
The team at Bay Area Advanced Gastroenterology Care provides specific guidelines on how to prepare for your endoscopic ultrasound.
For your safety, your stomach needs to be completely empty prior to the procedure and you may be asked to stop eating and drinking at least six hours before the test.
The endoscopic ultrasound is an outpatient procedure performed under mild sedation. Before inserting the endoscope, your doctor first sprays your throat with a numbing agent to minimize discomfort.
While you lie on an exam table, your gastroenterologist inserts the endoscope and slowly advances it through your esophagus and stomach and into your duodenum.
The endoscope captures images of the lining of your gastrointestinal tract, which your doctor examines on a computer screen. Your gastroenterologist takes a biopsy of any abnormal tissue for testing.
After your endoscopic ultrasound, you spend a bit of time in the recovery room. Your gastroenterologist reviews the preliminary findings of your endoscopic ultrasound with you before sending you home.
The team recommends you arrange to have someone drive you home after the procedure and take it easy the rest of the day.
If a biopsy was taken, the team may schedule a follow-up appointment to review the results with you.
For expert care from a kind and compassionate team of gastroenterologists, call Bay Area Advanced Gastroenterology Care or book an appointment online today.
An endoscopic ultrasound (EUS) uses an endoscope (a long, flexible tube with a camera on the end) to view the throat, stomach and small intestine. An ultrasound attachment is used in conjunction with the scope and produces sound waves to create visual images of the pancreas and bile ducts. An EUS can be used to view the upper or lower GI tract.