Endoscopic Ultrasound at Drexel Gastroenterology
Endoscopic ultrasound has many uses including:
- Evaluation of gastrointestinal submucosal masses
- Evaluation and biopsy of suspicious lymph nodes in the mediastinum, abdomen and perirectal areas
- Evaluation and biopsy of suspicious masses or cystic neoplasms in the abdominal region
- Evaluation of stones or sludge in the bile ducts and gallbladder
- Cancer staging
- Evaluation of pancreatitis with unclear etiology
- Evaluation of anal sphincter muscles
- Evaluation of perirectal abscesses and perianal fistulae
- Evaluation of Barrett's esophagus with high grade dysplasia
What to Expect During Endoscopic Ultrasound
During the endoscopic ultrasound procedure, an endoscope is used to place an ultrasound transducer inside of the gastrointestinal tract. The transducer provides information to our doctors about the gastrointestinal wall, wall-associated lesions, and structures around the gastrointestinal tract, specifically where digested food passes through and how nutrients are absorbed. The endoscope is inserted via the mouth or anus while the patient is under sedation.
The information on these pages is provided for general information only and should not be used for diagnosis or treatment, or as a substitute for consultation with a physician or health care professional. If you have specific questions or concerns about your health, you should consult your health care professional.