New Treatment for Bile Duct Conditions

Monday, February 15, 2010

A new procedure has been introduced to diagnose and treat problems in the liver, pancreas and bile ducts. Dr. Edward Hill discusses the technology in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Physicians can more easily diagnose and treat bile duct stones, suspected malignancies, bile and pancreatic duct obstruction and cystic lesions with the aid of the SpyGlass Direct Visualization System,

A miniature 6,000 pixel fiber optic probe that attaches to a camera provides the doctor a direct view of a patients biliary or pancreatic ducts.

The new technique overcomes some of the visual challenges of conventional endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography, a procedure used for many years.

The SpyGlass catheter is placed through an endoscope and into the area of interest. The catheter can be steered in four directions to thoroughly inspect the area. The fiberoptic probe is quite small, and allows gastroenterologists to look directly into the bile duct without having to interpret an X-ray.

The new technology can also be used to locate gallstones in the bile duct and once identified, lithotripsy can be used to break them up.

Like all endoscopic procedures, the SpyGlass procedure is done on an outpatient basis under moderate sedation.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.