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Endoscopic Ultrasound

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Endoscopic Ultrasound (EUS) is a minimally invasive procedure to assess digestive (gastrointestinal) and lung diseases.

EUS uses sound waves to create detailed images of the walls and lining of your digesting tract, chest, lymph nodes and nearby organs like the pancreas and liver.

Common Uses for EUS

Endoscopic ultrasounds are often used for the local staging of all gastrointestinal cancers including esophageal, stomach, ampullary, pancreatic and rectal.

It is the most optimal way to obtain tissue in patients with suspected pancreatic cancer by passing a needle directly into the mass in question, as well as being used to avoid invasive surgery to sample nodes in patients with suspected lung cancer.

Other uses include looking for gallstones or bile duct stones in patients where traditional imaging such as CT or MRI my fail as well as placing chemotherapeutics directly into pancreatic caners under EUS guidance. 

Make an Appointment

To speak with a Jefferson Health specialist about endoscopic ultrasounds, call 1-800-JEFF-NOW (1-800-533-3669).