Modern medical procedures allow doctors to look inside your body without surgery. This means they can find problems and diseases in less time and with less risk.
One such procedure, endoscopic ultrasound (EUS), combines endoscopy with ultrasound imaging. It lets your doctor examine organs in or near your digestive tract.
Like traditional endoscopies, EUS is a minimally invasive procedure. Your doctor inserts a long, flexible tube (endoscope) into your mouth or rectum, then guides it through your body. The lighted endoscope is attached to a tiny camera. This gives your doctor a close-up view of your digestive tract.
But with EUS, the endoscope is also attached to an ultrasound device. It uses sound waves to produce pictures of surrounding organs and tissue. These may include your esophagus, stomach, colon, rectum, pancreas, liver, gallbladder, lungs or lymph nodes.
EUS has many uses, including:
EUS offers benefits that many other diagnostic tests cannot:
Your Mercy care team will make sure you understand what to expect before, during and after your test. For example:
It’s normal to feel nervous before having a medical procedure. But tests like EUS are a vital step toward getting you the treatments you need. And no matter what your test results show, you’ll find the care and support you need at Mercy.