Endoscopic ultrasound, or EUS, is offered at TriStar Centennial Medical Center in Nashville, Tenn. This innovative diagnostic tool obtains high-quality images and information of a patient's digestive tract.
By combining endoscopy and ultrasound technology, EUS provides clearer, more accurate, and more detailed images of the patient's esophagus, stomach, pancreas, and surrounding organs and tissue.
EUS is more advanced than other technologies for diagnosing and staging gastrointestinal cancers, and for evaluating lesions in the digestive tract and mediastinum.
Physicians are using EUS to determine depths of tumor penetration, identifying the spread of cancer, assessing chronic pancreatitis, evaluating causes of abdominal pain, and analyzing pancreatic, esophageal, rectal, gall bladder, and liver tumors.
To the patient, EUS is the same as a regular endoscopy. A highly trained gastroenterologist guides the advanced diagnostic tool that has a transducer tip on the endoscopic tube to view parts of the digestive tract. EUS is an out-patient diagnostic procedure with sedation.