While ultrasound is a fantastic and widely used medical tool, unfortunately, it does have a few limitations. For example, sometimes the images provided by an ultrasound can be blurry, especially if the organ being examined is deep within the body. This is when endoscopy and endoscopic ultrasonography by the gastrenterologists of Gastrointestinal Specialists in Troy, MI is a fantastic alternative.
What is Endoscopic Ultrasonography?
Endoscopy is the process of inserting a tube into the body in order to take pictures of the digestive tract. Ultrasound is the process of using sound waves to take images of the inside of the body. When the two are combined, the result is endoscopic ultrasonography.
A relatively new tool, endoscopic ultrasonography offers the advantages of both endoscopy and ultrasound in a single procedure. With endoscopic ultrasonography, the gastrenterologists of Gastrointestinal Specialists are able to get a much clearer picture of the inside of a patient's body to diagnose and treat various medical conditions.
What is Endoscopic Ultrasonography Used For?
The gastrenterologists of Gastrointestinal Specialists use endoscopic ultrasonography for a number of purposes, including the following.
- Finding and assessing the severity of various cancers
- Finding and assessing various lung diseases
- Finding and assessing various digestive issues
- Finding pancreitits
- Determining the cause of fecal incontinence
- Finding tumors and other abnormalities
- Guiding the draining of cysts and other fluids
- Assisting in biopsy
Advantages of Gastrointestinal Specialists Endoscopy and Endoscopic Ultrasonography
Endoscopic ultrasonography is a minimally invasive, low-risk procedure that provides the gastrenterologists of Gastrointestinal Specialists additional and detailed information about a patient's medical condition. The procedure is performed on an out-patient basis and typically only takes between 25 and 45 minutes. The procedure is low-risk and is considered safe for most people.
If your doctor is concerned that you may have a serious underlying health condition, but your tests are coming back inconclusive, schedule an appointment with the gastrenterologists of Gastrointestinal Specialists in Troy, MI. Get an endoscopy, and get the answers you need.