LGMC Gets State-of-the-Art Endoscopic Ultrasound Machine

8/25/2014

Lafayette General Medical Center has acquired a new endoscopy tool, and recruited a physician trained in using it, to enable more accurate diagnosis of ailments in the gastrointestinal (GI) tract. It is a multi-purpose unit that provides unprecedented performance. But, more importantly, it now allows local physicians to make referrals locally instead of sending patients to New Orleans for the same procedure.

The ProSound F75 Ultrasound Imaging Platform is a precision diagnostic system giving physicians the highest quality imaging available. Better images allow more accurate diagnosis of diseases, as well as a variety of cancers, in the GI tract and in nearby organs such as the pancreas, bile duct, liver, spleen and gallbladder.

This equipment combines ultrasound technology with endoscopic tools to better visualize tissues of the digestive tract and adjacent anatomical structures inside the human body. Ultrasound typically involves gel and a transducer rubbed across the skin to produce images of internal organs. With endoscopic ultrasound (EUS), the transducer is inserted into the body via the digestive tract, putting it closer to the area of interest to obtain higher resolution images.

Lafayette General Health welcomed Eric Trawick, M.D., to Lafayette General Endoscopy Center. Dr. Trawick is a gastroenterologist specifically trained in using this EUS equipment.

“Having the best imaging makes identifying, diagnosing and staging GI tumors easier and more accurate,” says Dr. Trawick. “EUS allows for clear identification of surrounding blood vessels and targeted needle biopsies of GI tumors in a minimally invasive manner,” he says.

The ProSound F75, manufactured by Olympus, offers an ergonomic design that makes it more comfortable for both the patient and the medical staff. Its keyboard and monitor have adjustable heights, with a processor stored on a mobile cart. The platform can be transported efficiently for quick tasks and examinations in a variety of clinical settings.

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