Ultrasound, as you may already know, is a type of imaging that converts high-frequency sound waves into detailed pictures that doctors can interpret to gain information about what’s going on inside your body.
If you have a digestive complaint, doctors can use a special type of ultrasound called “endoscopic ultrasound” to learn more about your condition. This technology is like being able to see through the intestinal walls in order to evaluate problems involving the esophagus, stomach, colon and pancreas.
The most common use for endoscopic ultrasound is to diagnose and stage gastrointestinal cancers and evaluate the pancreas, says Yale Medicine’s Harry Aslanian, MD, a endoscopist, or gastroenterologist who specializes in diagnosing and treating digestive diseases via endoscopic procedures.
Yale Medicine’s team of interventional endoscopists collaborate with expert colleagues in radiology, surgery, pathology and oncology in a multidisciplinary fashion to get the best results for every patient.