Endoscopic ultrasound, also known as EUS or endoscopic ultrasonography, is a test that gastroenterology specialists can use to diagnose problems of the gastrointestinal (GI) walls and surrounding organs like the liver, pancreas, gallbladder and lungs. Unlike the devices used during colonoscopy and other traditional endoscopic procedures, which have a camera at the tips, EUS requires an endoscope with a tiny, ultrasound tool at the end. This endoscope is inserting via a patient’s mouth or anus and guided toward whichever area of the body needs to be checked for disease. Visuals are captured with sound wave technology. Since most EUS exams require sedation, most patients say that they don’t remember their procedure once it’s over. However, soreness is normal during the days after the test.
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