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Tests & Treatments

The following tests and treatments are some of the most common tests and treatments offered by specialists in this area. These specialists offer many other advanced tests and treatments for a wide range of medical problems. Please call (888) 352-RUSH (7874) if you have questions about specific tests or treatments not listed here.

  • Colonoscopy

    Colonoscopy is a procedure that allows a doctor to examine the lining of the colon (large intestine) for abnormalities using a long, flexible tube and camera. A colonoscopy looks for signs of colon or rectal cancer and evaluates symptoms such as abdominal pain, diarrhea, rectal bleeding and unexplained weight loss.
  • Doctors at Rush use endoscopic mucosal resection to remove early-stage cancers or precancerous tissues in people with Barrett’s esophagus, esophageal cancer, stomach cancer, carcinoid tumors and colon polyps. Doctors may also use EMR to take tissue samples to examine for diagnostic purposes.
  • Endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP) is an procedure that uses X-rays and an endoscope (a lighted, flexible tube containing a camera) to diagnose or treat problems in the liver, gallbladder, bile ducts and pancreas.
  • Endoscopic ultrasound is an imaging procedure that doctors use to find and evaluate cancers and other conditions of the pancreas, liver, gallbladder and digestive tract.
  • Esophagoscopy

    Esophagoscopy is a procedure that uses a thin, flexible tube to look into the esophagus for any abnormal areas. The tube has a light and a lens on it through which the doctor views the esophagus. An esophagoscopy is typically performed to look for signs of esophageal cancer.
  • Hydrogen Breath Test

    Hydrogen breath test is a test used to diagnose irritable bowel syndrome and common food senstivities, such as lactose intolerance. During the test, a person is given a small amount of fructose, glucose, lactose or lactulose. The person then breathes into a special bag every 15 minutes for three hours and reports any symptoms he or she experiences.
  • During a laparoscopic procedure, a surgeon makes small incisions in the abdomen to insert a scope (a small, thin tube fitted with a camera) and other surgical tools. Surgeons use laparoscopy to diagnose and treat many conditions.
  • Nutrition Counseling

    Nutrition counseling can help people achieve goals such as losing weight, increasing energy, lowering cholesterol and living a healthier life. Dietitians also provide nutritional counseling to patients who have special dietary needs because of bone marrow transplant, surgery, gastrointestinal illnesses or other conditions.
  • Photodynamic Therapy

    Photodynamic therapy is light-sensitive medicine that is activated with a laser or other type of light. It is used in the treatment of some cancers, such as lung cancer, and some eye conditions, such as macular degeneration.