Ultrasound is a very useful diagnostic tool for people suffering from digestive symptoms. At Richmond Gastroenterology Associates, with eight offices in Richmond, Colonial Heights, Chesterfield, Henrico, and Mechanicsville, Virginia, the leading digestive disease experts in the area use the most advanced ultrasound technology to identify problems and deliver solutions. Call the office nearest to you or use the online scheduling link for help now.
An ultrasound is a test that uses sound waves to create images of your body’s internal structures. At Richmond Gastroenterology Associates, the experienced team performs a specialized test called endoscopic ultrasound.
An endoscopic ultrasound uses a special endoscope — a thin, flexible tube equipped with a video camera — with an ultrasound probe at its tip. This test allows for advanced imaging of your digestive system using the natural opening in your body (your mouth or anus).
Additionally, this approach allows the team to take a small tissue sample (a biopsy) to check for abnormalities later.
The Richmond Gastroenterology Associates team may perform an endoscopic ultrasound for several reasons, such as:
An endoscopic ultrasound can find the cause of abdominal pain, chest pain, and other gastrointestinal tract symptoms.
The team may diagnose conditions like inflammatory bowel disease or colon cancer during an endoscopic ultrasound.
An endoscopic ultrasound can help the team to monitor digestive tract diseases like cancer to determine whether the disease has spread.
Endoscopic ultrasound can be invaluable to help you find the source of your issue and get the medical care you need.
You’ll receive a sedative to help you relax during the endoscopy, so you must prepare in a few ways. Before an endoscopy, you’ll need to prepare by fasting for a set period (usually eight hours).
For a lower endoscopy, which examines the lower part of your digestive tract, you’ll need to follow a bowel prep protocol to clear out your intestines over the days before the procedure.
If you take certain types of medication, like blood thinners, the team will tell you how to temporarily adjust your dosage beforehand.
Also, be sure to ask a loved one to take you to the appointment and return you home afterward. You can’t drive until the next day after the sedation wears off.
After your endoscopic ultrasound, you can return home as soon as you’re alert. You may have a slightly sore throat (with upper endoscopy) or mild gas and bloating (with lower endoscopy), but these symptoms only last for a day or so.
To schedule your appointment, call the Richmond Gastroenterology Associates office or book online today.