Abdominal pain can come from a variety of treatable, non-life threatening gastrointestinal conditions. A prompt, firm diagnosis depends on having the latest abdominal imaging tool available.
Endoscopic ultrasound (EUS) is a new tool that allows gastroenterologists at LifeBridge Health to precisely locate and diagnose gastrointestinal lesions. EUS combines an endoscope, or thin flexible tube with a light and lens, with an ultrasound probe, which enables the physician to see structures within and beyond the gastrointestinal wall.
In the case of pancreatic cancer, an accurate diagnosis needs to be available quickly. There will be an estimated 37,680 new cases of pancreatic cancer in the United States this year, and 34,290 deaths, according to the National Cancer Institute.
In this LifePOD, Sinai Hospital's Niraj D. Jani, M.D. discusses the benefits of the EUS.
What is an endoscopic ultrasound and what is it used for?
Why would a patient request an EUS?
How long have you been using the EUS?
Can you tell us a success story you've had from using the EUS?
What was your training for the EUS?
How does the EUS help to control the pain?
How does the EUS figure in diagnosing or treating pancreatic cancer?
How is the EUS used in CyberKnife® Therapy?
Can a doctor refer a patient to you for an EUS?