Endoscopic Ultrasound Specialist

Anne Arundel Gastroenterology Associates, P.A. -  - Gastroenterology & Hepatology

Anne Arundel Gastroenterology Associates, P.A.

Gastroenterology & Hepatology located in Annapolis, MD, Kent Island, MD, Odenton, MD, Bowie, MD, Pasadena, MD & Greenbelt, MD

For an accurate diagnosis and treatment of your digestive symptoms, you need to find the underlying cause. An endoscopic ultrasound (EUS) is a minimally invasive diagnostic procedure that looks for diseases of the digestive system. Anne Arundel Gastroenterology Associates, P.A. is a state-of-the-art gastroenterology practice that offers a full spectrum of services, including endoscopic ultrasounds. To schedule a consultation with the skilled gastroenterologists, call the nearest office in Annapolis, Stevensville, Odenton, Bowie, or Pasadena, Maryland, or book an appointment online.

Endoscopic Ultrasound Q & A

What is an endoscopic ultrasound?

An endoscopic ultrasound (EUS) is a minimally invasive diagnostic test that examines your upper abdominal area to look for conditions that affect the digestive system. 

It combines endoscopic tools with sound wave technology to create detailed images of your chest and gastrointestinal tract, including the liver and pancreas. 

Why would I need an endoscopic ultrasound?

Your gastroenterologist at Anne Arundel Gastroenterology Associates lets you know why you need an endoscopic ultrasound.

 They may recommend an EUS to confirm or rule out pancreatic, esophageal, or stomach cancer. They may also use the minimally invasive test to look for Barrett’s esophagus, pancreatitis, or bile duct stones. 

How do I prepare for an endoscopic ultrasound?

The team at Anne Arundel Gastroenterology Associates provides specific guidelines on how to prepare for your endoscopic ultrasound. The details of your preparation may depend on your medical history and the reason you need the diagnostic procedure. 

For example, you may be advised to stop taking blood thinners, aspirin, and dietary supplements for seven days before the test to prevent bleeding. 

On the day of the procedure, they recommend no solid food after midnight and a clear liquid diet (water, black coffee/tea, and clear juices) up until four hours before the procedure. After that, you should have nothing to eat or drink, including gum or hard candy.

You should take your usual medications unless otherwise directed. 

What can I expect during an endoscopic ultrasound?

During your endoscopic ultrasound, your gastroenterologist inserts an endoscope into your mouth and advances it into your stomach and to the first part of your small intestine. 

Once in place, a probe at the tip of the endoscope emits sound waves, which are converted into images on a computer screen. Your gastroenterologist uses the probe and images to evaluate your digestive organs and look for signs of disease.

The entire procedure takes 20-45 minutes. Your gastroenterologist may administer medication before you start the test to help you relax during the procedure.

After your endoscopic ultrasound, you spend time in the recovery area and your gastroenterologist reviews their findings with you. Then, you go home and rest for the remainder of the day.

To schedule a consultation at Anne Arundel Gastroenterology Associates, P.A., call the office or book an appointment online today.