Innovative Uses for Endoscopy

Temple has expanded the role of endoscopy by pioneering innovative uses, some of which may enhance diagnosis for your patients:

  • Pinpointing the site of bleeding in the small intestine and treating it with electrocautery, argon plasma coagulation, or Nd:YAG laser technology
  • Employing capsule endoscopy (PillCam®) to visualize abnormalities of the esophagus and small intestine.
  • Visualizing abnormalities in Crohn's disease, small bowel tumors and malabsorption/maldigestion without surgery
  • Using laser light to treat gastrointestinal malignancies and to ablate Barrett's Esophagus
  • Performing biliary manometry to assess function of the sphincter of Oddi (we're one of the few centers with expertise in this technically demanding procedure)
  • Predicting histology in some patients, using spectral analysis of neoplasms and vascular lesions, a technique not readily available elsewhere
  • Employing cholangioscopy to evaluate biliary tract patency and obtain tissue samples

Endoscopic Ultrasonography

By combining conventional ultrasonography with endoscopy, ultrasound is more targeted at close range, providing dramatically precise pictures of many intestinal irregularities.

Temple is also the only regional medical center using conventional endoscopic ultrasonography, high- and ultra-high-frequency probe endosonography, and curvilinear/doppler/sector endosonography.

These techniques can play an important role in diagnosing and staging malignancies. They also may play a role in evaluating some non-malignant conditions, such as scleroderma, cirrhosis and achalasia.

State-of-the-Art Endoscopic Facility
We recently moved into one of the largest and most modern endoscopy facilities on the East Coast. This facility features all-digital imaging, brand new endoscopic technology including ultrathin endoscopes that do not require sedation, enhanced digital fluoroscopy, and more. This patient-friendly environment permits easy access from valet parking with private changing rooms and recovery areas.