If you have symptoms of a gastrointestinal problem or you’re at risk of developing one, board-certified gastroenterologist Minesh Mehta, MD, of Athens Digestive Healthcare Associates in Watkinsville, Georgia, can find out for sure. Dr. Mehta offers endoscopic ultrasound (EUS) procedures to find out if you have GI cancer, pancreatic or liver problems, enlarged lymph nodes, or other GI problems. Call the office to schedule an appointment or book one online today.
EUS, or endoscopic ultrasound, is a minimally invasive diagnostic procedure in which Dr. Mehta at Athens Digestive Healthcare Associates assesses digestive diseases you or a family member may struggle with. The procedure uses high-frequency sound waves to create images of your digestive tract and pancreas, liver, lymph nodes, or other nearby organs.
Dr. Mehta may recommend you undergo EUS if you have symptoms of, or are at risk of, the following GI conditions:
He may use EUS to evaluate findings from an MRI or CT scan, diagnose your condition, and develop an effective treatment. EUS can also help guide certain treatments.
To find out if EUS is the right procedure for you, Dr. Mehta discusses your symptoms and medical history. He checks your vital signs, completes a physical examination, and may recommend you undergo urine tests, blood tests, or other diagnostic testing. If you have abnormal or elevated liver tests, you may need EUS.
Follow all of Dr. Mehta’s instructions prior to undergoing an endoscopic ultrasound and arrange for someone to drive you home after the procedure. Stop taking certain medications if Dr. Mehta recommends it, empty your stomach by fasting, and take a laxative if needed.
During EUS, you receive medications that help you relax. Dr. Mehta passes a thin, flexible tube through your mouth, esophagus, and digestive tract. He uses an ultrasound device to emit sound waves and produce detailed images of targeted tissues.
If needed, he can use a very fine needle to extract fluid or tissues for testing. Each EUS procedure usually lasts less than 60 minutes, but every patient is different.
After undergoing an endoscopic ultrasound, your throat might feel a little bit tender for a short period of time. Dr. Mehta discusses the results with you and lets you know if you need further diagnostic testing or treatment.
To learn more about endoscopic ultrasound (EUS) and find out if it’s right for you, call the Athens Digestive Healthcare Associates office or schedule an appointment online today.