What is an Endoscopic Ultrasound?
An endoscopic ultrasound is a procedure that incorporates endoscopy and ultrasound to assess the digestive tract and the surrounding tissues and organs. This test gives your doctor a more detailed exam of your digestive tract, including the esophagus, stomach, colon and rectum, as well as the organs located near the digestive tract.
An endoscopic ultrasound may also be used for the following:
- Evaluating pancreatic diseases.
- Diagnosing issues associated with the gallbladder and bile ducts.
- Detecting lesions or bumps on the intestine walls.
- Diagnosing cancers of the digestive tract.
How is an Endoscopic Ultrasound Performed?
During an endoscopic ultrasound, you will lie down on your left side. An IV will then be inserted in your arm or hand to deliver sedative drugs to ensure you are comfortable during the test. Next, an endoscope will be inserted through the mouth or rectum and moved through the gastrointestinal tract. A small ultrasound device called a transducer that is in the endoscope will produce sound waves, creating an image of the surrounding tissue. This procedure usually takes about 20-45 minutes to complete.
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Following Endoscopic Ultrasound
After your endoscopic ultrasound, you will be taken to a recovery area where you can rest and wait for your sedative to wear off. Before you can return home, your doctor will discuss the results of your test with you. Your pre-arranged driver can then take you home. There is usually no downtime needed following this test, so you can return to normal activities, as per your doctor’s orders. Please do not hesitate to contact our office if you have any questions or concerns regarding symptoms following your test.
How Do I Prepare for My Procedure?
Prior to your endoscopic ultrasound, you may need to take some steps to prepare. These may include:
- Avoid food for at least 6 hours before your test.
- Speaking with your doctor regarding blood-thinning mediations or diabetic medications, as you may need to temporarily stop them for the test.
- If your EUS is being done in the rectal area, you may be asked to use an enema or take a laxative to empty the colon.
- Arranging for someone to drive you home following your test.
Your preparation may look different than this, depending on your doctor’s preference. Please follow the specific EUS prep instructions provided to you before your test.
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