State-of-the-Art Equipment Gives Doctors Clearer Images

Published On 11/02/2010

Methodist Le Bonheur Germantown Hospital has the latest technology for examining the digestive tract. Endoscopic ultrasound is a special type of endoscopy that uses a thin, flexible, lighted tube equipped with a camera and ultrasound probe that is inserted into the upper or lower digestive tract. Endoscopic ultrasound allows for simultaneous imaging of the digestive tract and the structures and organs that surround it.

“Endoscopic ultrasound gives us a way to obtain pictures and sample tissue from sites that are otherwise difficult or impossible to access, such as the pancreas, bile duct, and lymph nodes within the chest and abdomen,” said gastroenterologist Farees Farooq, M.D. “In many cases these pictures are more accurate and contain more detailed images than we can get from traditional ultrasound or CT scans.”

Doctors use endoscopic ultrasound to study nodules, tumors or growths in organs and diagnose diseases of the pancreas, bile duct, gallbladder and colon. Physicians also use endoscopic ultrasound to obtain biopsies and stage cancers of the digestive and respiratory systems.

“With the technology of endoscopic ultrasound to help us accurately stage cancer, we have a powerful tool on hand to help ensure we deliver appropriate cancer care for each patient,” said Dr. Farooq.

Methodist Le Bonheur Germantown Hospital works diligently to bring the latest technological advances to patients in the Mid-South.

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