Endoscopic Ultrasound (EUS) is a minimally invasive procedure in which an ultrasound probe is affixed to the tip of a thin, flexible tube (an endoscope) and inserted through the digestive tract. Ultrasound waves from the GI tract are used to provide high-resolution images of the digestive system organs. These detailed images deliver more accuracy than non-surgical diagnostic tests and diagnostic cross-sectional imaging, therefore provide earlier detection of tumors, metastatic disease and other significant changes that could be found in areas such as the colon and pancreas.
Digestive and Colon Health
Good digestion is often taken for granted – until there’s a problem such as heartburn, acid reflux, bloating, etc.
If you’re having digestive problems, see your primary care physician. If the problems cant be resolved easily, you may need to see a gastroenterologist. A gastroenterologist treats conditions of the stomach, pancreas, bowels and colon.
Colorectal Cancer Screening
Screening tests are used to look for disease in people who do not have any symptoms. In many cases, these tests can find colorectal cancers at an early stage and greatly improve treatment outcomes. Screening tests can also help prevent some cancers by allowing doctors to find and remove polyps that might become cancer. Screening tests for colorectal cancer include:
Fecal occult blood test (FOBT) and fecal immunochemical test (FIT): Samples of stool (feces) are checked for blood, which might be a sign of a polyp or cancer.
Sigmoidoscopy: A flexible, lighted tube is put into the rectum and lower colon to check for polyps and cancer.
Colonoscopy: A longer, flexible tube is used to look at the entire colon and rectum.
Double contrast barium enema: This is an x-ray test of the colon and rectum.
In general, both men and women at average risk of colorectal cancer should begin screening tests at age 50. But you should talk with your doctor about your own health and your family history so that you can choose the best screening plan for you.
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