TriStar Centennial July 30, 2012

New diagnostic imaging technology offers crisp view of digestive tract organs and tissue

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (July 30, 2012) – Endoscopic ultrasound, or EUS, is now available 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.

“We are very excited to offer this cutting-edge technology for our patients in Nashville and Middle Tennessee that have upper GI cancer concerns and conditions requiring a higher level of diagnosis,” said Patti Moser, administrator of Sarah Cannon Cancer Center at TriStar Centennial. “EUS will assist physicians in determining the stage of patient’s cancer, evaluating the pancreas, and studying other digestive tract conditions.”

Jonathan Schneider, M.D., gastroenterologist, performs EUS procedures at TriStar Centennial.

“EUS technology allows us to get closer than ever to the patient’s organs inside the digestive tract,” he said. “The detailed images we see give us an unprecedented look inside the patient’s body, allowing us to best evaluate his or her condition and then provide the most accurate recommendation for individualized treatment.”

Physicians are using EUS to determine depths of tumor penetration, identify the spread of cancer, assess chronic pancreatitis, evaluate causes of abdominal pain, and analyze pancreatic, esophageal, rectal, gall bladder, and liver tumors.

“As a surgeon, precise staging is essential when developing a treatment plan with a multidisciplinary GI team,” said Bill Polk, M.D., surgical oncologist at TriStar Centennial. “The images provided by EUS give us the best opportunity to know exactly how to approach the disease.”

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.

For more information on EUS and other diagnostic and imaging services at TriStar Centennial, visit and select TriStar Centennial Medical Center or call TriStar MedLine® at (615) 342-1919 or (800) 242-5662.

Celebrating 44 years of providing quality healthcare to Nashville, Middle Tennessee and the surrounding region, TriStar Centennial Medical Center is a 657-bed comprehensive facility offering medical and surgical programs including behavioral health, 24-hour emergency, heart and vascular, imaging, neurosciences, oncology, orthopaedics, pediatrics, rehabilitation, sleep disorder, and women’s services. An affiliate of TriStar Health, TriStar Centennial Medical Center is home to TriStar Centennial Sarah Cannon Cancer Center, TriStar Centennial Women’s & Children’s, TriStar Centennial Heart & Vascular Center as well as TriStar Centennial Parthenon Pavilion, one of the oldest and largest full-service psychiatric facilities in the region. Round-the-clock care is also available at TriStar Ashland City, a critical access hospital in nearby Cheatham County. The new TriStar Emergency Room at Spring Hill will provide 24-hour emergency care for nearby Spring Hill, Tenn., and surrounding communities when it opens in 2013. For more information about the services offered and health plans accepted by TriStar Centennial Medical Center or TriStar Health, call TriStar MedLine® at (615) 342-1919 or (800) 242-5662, or visit and choose TriStar Centennial Medical Center. TriStar Centennial Medical Center is located at 2300 Patterson Street in Nashville.

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