Endoscopy is a safe medical procedure that uses a thin, flexible tube, equipped with a light and camera, to view the interior of the gastrointestinal system. Endoscopy can be performed in our Randolph Road, Ballantyne, and Mooresville offices.
Colonoscopy is an out-patient procedure used to screen for colorectal abnormalities, including cancer and precancerous conditions. A physician inserts a colonoscope, a long, flexible, tubular instrument, which transmits an image of the lining of the colon onto a screen, enabling the doctor to view any abnormalities.
Colon cancer screening helps find cancer early, making a cure more likely. Screening recommendations, as determined by a physician, depend on an individual’s risk for colorectal cancer.
An upper endoscopy observes the inside of the upper digestive tract — the esophagus, stomach, and first part of the small intestine.
Endoscopic ultrasound is a minimally invasive procedure that combines endoscopy and ultrasound to produce highly detailed images of the lining and walls of the upper and lower gastrointestinal tract. These sound wave-produced images are used to determine the cause of symptoms of abdominal pain, or to diagnose or determine the spread of certain types of cancer. EUS is also a valuable tool in evaluating certain lung diseases or viewing organs such as the pancreas, gallbladder, and liver.
An endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatogram is a procedure that combines the use of a flexible, lighted scope (endoscope) with X-rays to examine the ducts of the gallbladder, pancreas, and liver.