Physicians at Menorah Medical Center responsible for diagnosing life-threatening digestive and lung diseases have a powerful new tool in their arsenal. The endoscopic ultrasound (EUS) is the leading-edge technology helping gastroenterologists and pulmonologists save lives by making it more difficult for tumors or other abnormalities to hide inside the body. Menorah Medical Center is part of HCA Midwest Health System—Kansas City’s largest healthcare provider and private-sector employer.
Menorah Medical Center is one of the first Kansas City-area hospitals to offer patients this non-surgical procedure that uses high-frequency sound waves to produce detailed images of the lining and walls of the upper and lower gastrointestinal tract, as well as nearby organs such as the lungs, stomach, pancreas, liver and gallbladder.
Previously doctors relied on endoscopes equipped solely with video cameras to diagnose and assess medical conditions in the gastrointestinal tract. Endoscopes are long, thin, flexible tubes that can be passed down the throat or nose of a sedated patient to capture video and still images inside the body. The tips of the scopes have a very small video camera and light source. Small tools to collect tissue samples can also be fed through the ultrasound-equipped endoscope.
Endoscopes have been used successfully for many years despite one major limitation: they only see what the human eye can see.
Syed Jafri, MD, board-certified, fellowship-trained Gastroenterologist with special clinical interests in diseases of the pancreas, and part of Kansas City Gastroenterology and Hepatology Physicians Group, part of Midwest Physicians, says EUS gives doctors the ability to see beneath tissue and beyond the walls of the digestive tract and pulmonary pathways, capturing detailed images of internal organs in the abdomen and chest.
“EUS gives us the opportunity to diagnose the cause of pain in the digestive tract and locate and view tumors or abnormalities in the pancreas, bile ducts and chest cavity,“ says Dr. Jafri. “This may include identifying cancer, understanding the extent of certain cancers and whether they have spread to lymph glands or other vital organs.The new ultrasound device doesn’t replace the video camera—it works alongside it, giving doctors the ability to see beyond the tissue that is being viewed by the video camera.”
“The EUS brings improved accuracy and efficiency to the physician network of Midwest Physicians,” says Loren M. Meyer, President, Midwest Physicians—part of HCA Midwest Health System. “The enhanced imaging capabilities of the state-of-the-art scanner help physicians deliver enhanced patient care by enabling them to attain fast, precise and reproducible images of lesions using several modalities.”
Steven D. Wilkinson, FACHE, President and Chief Executive Officer of Menorah Medical Center, says the EUS is another example of the hospital’s commitment to high-quality patient care. “We are pleased to offer patients yet another reason to seek top-notch healthcare in their backyard. This leading-edge technology offers physicians performance, speed and the potential to increase diagnostic accuracy unlike conventional ultrasound systems. The EUS complements the robust services and procedures Menorah has for everything from cardiovascular to cancer to women’s care and more.”
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