The physician examines the interior of the color using an instrument called a colonoscopy. This procedure is often used to screen for colorectal cancer.
ERCP: Endoscopic Retrograde Cholangiopancreatography
An ERCP is a procedure used to examine the common bile duct and pancreatic duct. The ERCP is helpful in diagnosing and treating problems with the liver, gallbladder, bile duct and pancreas. For more information about ERCP, please visit the American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy website.
EUS: Endoscopic Ultrasound
EUS is used to obtain images and information about the gastrointestinal tract. This is performed using an endoscope fitted with a small ultrasound device. For more information about EUS, please visit the American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy website.
EGD is performed using an instrument called an endoscope. The physician is able to examine the upper gastrointestinal (GI) tract which includes the esophagus, stomach and duodenum. For information about the EGD, or Upper GI Endoscopy, please visit the American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy website.
Capsule Endoscopy Motility
Capsule endoscopy is also offered as a means of evaluating patients with small intestinal conditions to include chronic or acute obscure bleeding, chronic abdominal pain, and chronic diarrhea. Approximately 100 capsule studies are performed annually. For more information about capsule endoscopy please visit the American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy website.
The GI Division offers expertise in gastrointestinal motility disorders, most particularly in esophageal and anorectal diseases. State of the art solid state motility equipment is used for motility testing. Esophageal motility includes assessment of esophageal function through incorporation of impedance technology. Esophageal pH testing is also done with and without impedance technology. pH testing is also done by means of wireless technology as desired and necessary. Approximately 300 motility exams and 250 pH studies are done annually. For more information on motility disorders and testing, please visit the Motility Society website
Hepatology Procedures: Liver Biopsy
Using a needle the physician removes a sample of the liver for testing. For more information on liver diseases and testing, please visit the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK), NIH website.