What is an Endoscopic Ultrasound? Seeing Beyond the Surface

The detailed insights that an endoscopic ultrasound provides allow our gastroenterologists in Raleigh to gain a detailed view of your internal organs. This enables us to reach an accurate diagnosis and tailor a treatment plan just for you.

We’ll take a closer look at endoscopic ultrasounds, when you would need one, what happens, and how to prepare. 

 What Is An Endoscopic Ultrasound?

An endoscopic ultrasound, often referred to as EUS, is a minimally invasive medical procedure that combines endoscopy and ultrasound imaging technologies. It involves using a thin, flexible tube called an endoscope, equipped with an ultrasound probe at its tip. This probe emits high-frequency sound waves that create detailed images of the digestive tract and surrounding organs, such as the pancreas, liver, and nearby lymph nodes.

Are You Awake During an Endoscopic Ultrasound?

While the procedure itself is not painful, you’ll be sedated to help you relax and make you more comfortable. This is in contrast to a traditional endoscopy, where you may be partially or fully awake to aid in swallowing. 

What Is the Recovery Time for an Endoscopic Ultrasound?

Fortunately, if you’re wondering about an endoscopic ultrasound, you’ll discover that one of its advantages is its relatively short recovery time. 

After the procedure, you’ll be monitored until the effects of the sedative wear off, which typically takes a few hours. Any after effects—such as a sore throat, bloating, or discomfort— typically go away within a day or two.

Because you will be sedated during the procedure, you should have someone with you to drive you home afterward. 

How Is an Endoscopic Ultrasound Different from Endoscopy?

While both endoscopy and endoscopic ultrasound share the use of an endoscope, they serve different purposes. Endoscopy primarily focuses on examining the inner lining of the digestive tract, such as the esophagus, stomach, and colon, to detect abnormalities like inflammation, ulcers, or tumors. On the other hand, endoscopic ultrasound goes beyond the surface by providing detailed images of both the inner and surrounding structures, making it a valuable tool for diagnosing conditions affecting deeper tissues and nearby organs.

What Is an Endoscopic Ultrasound? We Explain the Procedure

During an endoscopic ultrasound (EUS), you’re placed in a comfortable position, usually on your left side. Then, we’ll gently insert the endoscope through your mouth into the throat (esophagus) and further down into the stomach and small intestine. 

As the endoscope moves and makes its way down your digestive system, it displays “real-time” images on a monitor, where our leading gastroenterologists in Raleigh can carefully analyze them. 

The EUS helps us identify tumors, cysts, and abnormalities. 

When Would You Need an EUS?

We may recommend that you have one for a variety of medical reasons because this is an extremely beneficial diagnostic tool. Some of the more common reasons you would need an EUS include:

  1. Cancer Diagnosis and Staging: EUS helps evaluate the extent of cancer growth, aiding in staging and determining suitable treatment options.
  2. Pancreatic Conditions: EUS is particularly effective in diagnosing and assessing pancreatic disorders, including tumors, pancreatitis, and cysts.
  3. Gastrointestinal Disorders: It’s used to investigate unexplained abdominal pain, identify sources of bleeding, and evaluate conditions like Crohn’s disease and celiac disease.
  4. Liver Abnormalities: EUS assists in diagnosing liver lesions and determining their nature.
  5. Lymph Node Assessment: EUS helps evaluate the state of nearby lymph nodes, often crucial in cancer diagnosis and treatment planning.

Raleigh Medical Group Gastroenterology: Implementing State-of-the-Art Technology with Compassionate Care

We’ve been the leading gastroenterologists in Raleigh for decades, offering care that is both comprehensive and convenient. With endoscopy centers in Raleigh, Wake Forest, and Clayton, we’re just a short drive away. We’re proud to be recognized for our Centers of Excellence for GI therapeutics, liver disease, inflammatory bowel disease, and women’s health. 

Whether you’re past due for a colonoscopy or you struggle with IBS, our leading, board-certified physicians will tailor treatment just for you. Don’t wait any longer to prioritize your health. Contact us for an appointment.