April 24, 2009
Spring Hill, Florida – Oak Hill Hospital has announced that its newly acquired “A5 ProSound Endoscopic Ultrasound Unit” is up and running. Oak Hill Hospital’s endoscopy department was the first in the area to acquire this newly developed system. This state-of-the art technology is now available without having to travel out of the area.
What is Endoscopic ultrasound?
Endoscopic Ultrasound allows a minimally invasive, non-surgical evaluation of the internal organs to a very high degree of accuracy.
Endoscopic ultrasound (EUS) combines endoscopy and ultrasound in order to obtain images and information about the digestive tract and the surrounding tissue and organs. Endoscopy refers to the procedure of inserting a long, flexible tube via the mouth or the rectum to visualize the digestive tract, whereas ultrasound uses high frequency sound waves to produce images of the organs and structures inside the body such as ovaries, uterus, liver, gall bladder, pancreas, aorta, etc.
When is EUS useful?
EUS is an essential tool for cancer staging and investigating gastrointestinal disease through a less invasive procedure than surgery. It is also utilized in some of the following situations:
- Staging of cancer of the esophagus, stomach, pancreas, and rectum.
- Staging of lung cancer.
- Evaluating chronic pancreatitis and other masses of cysts of the pancreas.
- Studying vial duct abnormalities including stones in the vial duct or gall bladder, or vial duct, gall bladder, or liver tumors.
- Studying the muscles of the lower rectum and the anal canal in evaluating reasons for fecal incontinence.
- Studying “sub-mucosal lesions” such as nodules or bumps that may be hiding in the intestinal wall covered by normal appearing lining of the intestinal tract.
Staging of cancer is becoming an important use of EUS. The prognosis of a cancer victim is related to the stage of the cancer at the time of cancer detection. For example, early stage colon cancer refers to cancer confined to the inner surface of the colon before it is spread to adjacent tissues or distant organs. Therefore, early stage colon cancer can be completely resected with good chances for cure. EUS can provide information regarding the depth of penetration of the cancer and spread of cancer to adjacent tissues and lymph nodes, information useful for staging.
Other uses of endoscopic ultrasound:
Other uses of endoscopic ultrasound include studying the flow of blood inside blood vessels using Doppler ultrasound, and to obtain tissue samples by passing a special needle, under ultrasound guidance, into enlarged lymph nodes or suspicious tumors. The tissue or cells obtained by the needle can be examined by a pathologist under microscope. The process of obtaining tissue with thin needles is called fine needle aspiration (FNA).
About Oak Hill Hospital:
Oak Hill Hospital is now celebrating 25 years of compassionate care to the community.
Oak Hill Hospital has been serving the Nature Coast since 1984. It is the largest medical facility in Hernando and Citrus County (204 acute care beds) and offers Hernando County’s only comprehensive heart program including open heart surgery.
Approximately 300 physicians, 900 associates, and 300 volunteers comprise Oak Hill Hospital’s health care delivery team.
Oak Hill has achieved distinction as the:
- First and only Chest Pain Center in Hernando and Citrus County accredited by the Society of Chest Pain Centers.
- First primary stroke center to be fully accredited by the Joint Commission in Citrus and Hernando County.
- First hospital in the area to be recognized as an accredited cancer institute by the Commission on Cancer (CoC) of the American College of Surgeons (ACoS)
It is located at 11375 Cortez Boulevard, Spring Hill, 1.9 miles east of US 19 on State Road 50. For more information about this release, please call (352) 597-6383 (Hernando) or (352) 628-6441 (Citrus).