Endoscopic ultrasound at the hospitals of Methodist Health System
What is it?
Endoscopic ultrasound allows a doctor to capture ultrasound images of the digestive system from inside the body. An ultrasound device is inserted into the body using an endoscope, a long, flexible tube with a tiny light and camera. The endoscope allows the doctor to position the ultrasound device in a precise location to get an image of a small, specific area.
Who needs it?
Endoscopic ultrasound may be used to diagnose, treat, or measure the progress of several digestive system diseases. The test can also provide information about the lining of digestive organs, something most other tests aren’t able to do.
Endoscopic ultrasound is often used to explore the extent of cancers of the esophagus, stomach, pancreas, and rectum, so exploratory surgery won't be needed. Endoscopic ultrasound is also useful in evaluating chronic pancreatitis, as well as studying bile duct abnormalities and muscles in the lower rectum.
Where is this test performed?
Endoscopic ultrasound is done by the order of a physician, and is available at:
Methodist Dallas Medical Center
Methodist Dallas Medical Center John R. Ford Center for Digestive Health
The Methodist Dallas John R. Ford Center for Digestive Health was recognized by the American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy (ASGE) as one of 57 outstanding endoscopy units nationwide. Valid for three years, the ASGE Endoscopy Unit Recognition Program honors endoscopy units that follow the ASGE guidelines on privileging, quality assurance, endoscopy reprocessing and CDC infection control guidelines.
Methodist Charlton Medical Center
Methodist Mansfield Medical Center
Texas law prohibits hospitals from practicing medicine. The physicians on the Methodist Health System medical staff are independent practitioners who are not employees or agents of Methodist Health System, Methodist Dallas Medical Center, Methodist Charlton Medical Center, Methodist Mansfield Medical Center, Methodist Richardson Medical Center, or any other affiliated institution.