Specialized computed tomography (CT), magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and positron emission tomography (PET) scans produce clear, precise images of tumors in the esophagus. In addition, radiologists focus on interpreting images of the GI tract, making them more attuned to subtle differences in the images.
At UC Health, our gastrointestinal (GI) physicians specialize in viewing the esophagus endoscopically (through a scope inserted through the mouth and into the esophagus). An endoscopic ultrasound is used to bounce sound waves off of the esophagus to create images that indicate tumor size and degree of growth into surrounding tissue.
If you have Barrett’s esophagus, your doctor may recommend that you receive routine endoscopy screenings to make sure the abnormal tissue in the esophagus hasn’t become cancerous.
Other testing procedures using scopes – bronchoscopy, thoracoscopy and laparoscopy – help us check for the spread of cancer cells to the lungs, chest and abdomen by visualizing these areas and taking tissue samples called biopsies for further study.
With an accurate diagnosis, we can help you decide on the best action to take in treating your cancer.