The Endoscopic Ultrasound, or EUS, is a versatile procedure that has a variety of uses when combined with other procedures or screenings. It utilizes sound waves to map out a detailed image of the inside of the abdomen or chest, and is a minimally invasive procedure unlike alternatives such as exploratory surgery. EUS can be used to:
This procedure can be critical in detecting colorectal cancer, along with cancer of the lungs, esophagus, and stomach cancers. It can also be used to detect lymphoma, Bile Duct Stones, Neuroendocrine tumors, Barrett’s esophagus, and pancreatitis.
EUS is an out-patient procedure that is handled well by most patients with few complications. Those who have had abdominal surgery that changed their anatomy, such as a gastric bypass, may not be eligible for EUS treatment.