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Gastroenterology Tests and Procedures

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  1. Abdominal Ultrasound

    Abdominal ultrasound is a procedure that uses sound wave technology to assess the organs, structures, and blood flow inside the abdomen.

  2. Abdominal X-rays

    Abdominal X-rays are used to diagnose internal injuries or abnormalities of the bones and organs.

  3. Barium Enema

    A barium enema is used to highlight damage or abnormalities in the colon and rectum by creating greater areas of contrast in x-ray film.

  4. Barium Swallow

    During this procedure, a mixture of barium and water is swallowed just before an x-ray. The barium is used to highlight damage or abnormalities in the upper gastrointestinal tract, including the pharnyx, esophagus, stomach, and duodenum.

  5. Colectomy
  6. Colonoscopy

    A colonoscopy uses a small camera to examine the inside of the colon. It is typically used to screen for colon cancer, and to asses other injuries, abnormalities, or disease.

  7. Computed Tomography (CT or CAT) Scan of the Abdomen

    A CT/CAT scan shows detailed images of any part of the body, including the bones, muscles, fat, organs, and blood vessels. CT/CAT scans are more detailed than standard x-rays and are used to assess the organs and tissues for for injuries, abnormalities, or disease.

  8. Computed Tomography (CT or CAT) Scan of the Liver and Biliary Tract

    CT/CAT scans are more detailed than standard x-rays and are often used to assess the liver, gallbladder and bile ducts for for injuries, abnormalities, or disease.

  9. Computed Tomography (CT) Scan of the Pancreas

    CT/CAT scans are more detailed than standard x-rays and are often used to assess the pancreas for injuries, abnormalities, or disease.

  10. Endoscopic Retrograde Cholangiopancreatography

    Endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP) is a procedure in which x-ray and an endoscope - a long, flexible, lighted tube - are used to assess and treat problems in the liver, gallbladder, bile ducts, and pancreas.

  11. Esophagogastroduodenoscopy

    Esophagogastroduodenoscopy (EGD) is a diagnostic procedure used to diagnose structural or functional abnormalities of the esophagus, stomach, and/or duodenum.

  12. Laparoscopy

    Laparoscopy is a procedure that utilizes a laparoscope, a thin flexible tube containing a video camera to examine the organs of the abdominal cavity.

  13. Liver Biopsy

    A liver biopsy is a procedure in which tissue samples from the liver are removed for examination under a microscope to look for signs of damage or disease. It is used to diagnose many liver conditions.

  14. Liver Scan

    A liver scan - also known as a liver-spleen scan - uses nuclear radiology to assess the function and structure of the liver and surrounding organs. It may also be used to assess the progress of treatment for certain conditions.

  15. Pancreas Scan

    A pancreas scan uses nuclear radiology to search for, and sometime treat, tumors in the pancreas.

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