Bracebridge Hospital now offering endoscopic ultrasound services
Muskoka Algonquin Healthcare (MAHC) introduced endoscopic ultrasound services at the South Muskoka Memorial Hospital (SMMH) Site yesterday.
The MAHC says that endoscopic ultrasound combines endoscopy with ultrasound imaging to diagnose certain diseases. A special endoscope uses high-frequency sound waves to produce detailed images of the lining and walls of the digestive tract and chest, as well as nearby organs such as the pancreas and liver, and lymph nodes.
Chief of Staff Dr. Khaled Abdel-Razek says “Fewer than 20 hospitals in Ontario are able to provide endoscopic ultrasound services, which can help identify signs of gastrointestinal and lung disease through a low-risk, minimally invasive procedure that carries very little risk to patients, without any exposure to X-rays or radiation.”
MAHC is fortunate to have a specially trained surgeon/endoscopist, Dr. Rohit Gupta, who is qualified to perform these procedures locally, and through generous donations to the South Muskoka Hospital Foundation totaling $300,000, SMMH now has an endoscopic ultrasound machine.