Considering an Endoscopic Ultrasound (EUS)?
An endoscopic ultrasound (EUS) procedure combines endoscopy and ultrasound in order to obtain images and information about the digestive tract and the surrounding tissue and organs. The procedure uses high-frequency sound waves to produce images of the organs and structures inside the body such as liver, gallbladder, pancreas and other parts of the digestive tract.
EUS allows physicians a clearer view of the organs as opposed to traditional ultrasound. The procedure might have been recommended by your doctor if you are experiencing abdominal pain or to examine possible abnormalities. It could take anywhere from 30 to 90 minutes depending on your condition.
Why an EUS Procedure Is Performed
Your doctor may recommend this procedure if you are experiencing abdominal or chest pains, or to examine possible abnormalities.
A EUS can help evaluate the following:
- Cancer of the colon, esophagus, lung, pancreas or stomach, and ampullary and rectal cancers
- Barrett's esophagus
- Pancreatitis and pancreatic cysts
- Bile duct stones
- Rectal fistulas and fecal incontinence
- Neuroendocrine tumors
If you would like to learn more about EUS in Williamsport, PA, visit our office at UPMC Williamsport, located on the 2nd floor, or call 570-321-3454 to make an appointment. For a direct referral for endoscopy, please call 570-321-3331.
Endoscopic Ultrasound Preparation
This procedure requires you to stop consuming food and liquids at least eight hours prior to your appointment. Depending on your health status, you might be required to change your diet or medications. This procedure is performed with sedation.
You should arrange for someone to take you home. You will not be allowed to drive and should rest for the remainder of the day.
How It Works
An IV drip will be inserted into your vein and used to administer sedatives or other required medications. The doctors will monitor your blood pressure, pulse and blood oxygen during the procedure. Once the sedatives have taken effect, a special endoscope is inserted into the mouth or rectum. The physician will observe the inside of your intestinal tract on a TV monitor and the ultrasound image on another monitor. You could feel minimal discomfort throughout the procedure.
After the Procedure
You will need to stay in the hospital up to one hour following the procedure. When you are fully awake, the doctor will discuss any findings with you. You'll need to arrange for someone to drive you home. You will not be allowed to drive and should rest for the remainder of the day. You may have light meals and fluids. You might feel temporary bloating or a sore throat, which should go away within a few days. Follow any specific discharge instructions as recommended by your doctor.
The doctors at UPMC can perform endoscopic ultrasounds to diagnose and treat a variety of digestive diseases in Williamsport, PA, and the surrounding areas.