Jefferson University Hospitals

Spiral Enteroscopy

Diagnosing and treating conditions within the small intestine has traditionally involved invasive and time-consuming procedures. New endoscopic procedures such as capsule endoscopy have given gastroenterologists a better look deep into the area and perform less-invasive therapies.

One of the newest diagnostic techniques is spiral enteroscopy.

What Does Spiral Enteroscopy Involve?

The highly skilled endoscopists at Jefferson utilize spiral enteroscopy, which is an over-tube system that slides over an enteroscope and has a spiral located on the tip. The spiral is rotated so that the enteroscope can be moved quickly to gather the small intestine for examination and, if possible, allow your physician to treat conditions such as removing tumors or polyps, treat bleeding or open intestinal narrowing.