Each year, millions of Americans are diagnosed with digestive disorders, ranging from the occasional upset stomach to the more life-threatening colorectal cancer. They encompass disorders of the gastrointestinal tract, as well as the liver, gallbladder, and pancreas. Reaching a diagnosis requires a thorough and accurate medical history and physical examination. You may need to undergo more diagnostic evaluations, including lab tests, endoscopic procedures, and imaging techniques.
The Endoscopy Lab at Carolinas Hospital System has six procedure rooms to assist physicians in diagnosing and treating gastrointestinal tract disorders. The lab utilizes highly advanced equipment and the latest technology to ensure the most accurate and timely diagnosis as possible.
Endoscopy is a minimally invasive diagnostic procedure that uses an instrument called an endoscope (GI tract) to see inside the interior surfaces of the body specific to the GI tract. Endoscopy of the GI tract allows a physician to see, assess and diagnose problems of the esophagus, stomach, duodenum, small intestine, colon (colonoscopy) and the bile duct. The procedure is relatively painless but can be mildly uncomfortable for some individuals.
Most endoscopy procedures are done on an outpatient basis.
The PillCamÔ capsule endoscopy, is an innovative patient-friendly procedure, to diagnose and evaluate patients with gastrointestinal (GI) disorders. The camera pill helps Gastroenterologists detect and evaluate diseases of the small bowel, which helps detect Crohn’s disease, celiac disease, GI bleeding, Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD), small bowel tumors and NSAID related injuries.
Members of the Medical Staff at Carolinas Hospital System