CHI Franciscan Health Endoscopy Centers, located throughout the Puget Sound region, offer several types of endoscopic procedures for diagnosing and treating conditions in internal organs.
Expert diagnosis and treatment using endoscopy
In an endoscopy, an endoscope (a thin, flexible tube with a tiny lighted camera on the end) is used to see internal organs. Tiny instruments can be used to take a biopsy (tissue sample) or operate on an affected area.
We use endoscopy to examine, screen for, diagnose and treat conditions in the:
- Gastrointestinal (GI) tract: Mouth, esophagus, stomach, intestines, colon and rectum
- Hepatobiliary system: Bile ducts, gallbladder, liver, pancreas and pancreatic ducts
The most common endoscopic procedures we perform are:
- Upper endoscopy: Examines the upper GI tract (mouth to small intestine)
- Colonoscopy: Examines the lower GI tract (large intestine to rectum)
At the Franciscan Advanced Endoscopy Center at St. Joseph, we offer advanced capabilities previously available only in large university training centers, including the following:
Advanced endoscopy for diagnosing and treating GI disease
Our experienced staff, including physicians, nurses, radiologists and pathologists, has specialized endoscopy training. We offer two types of advanced endoscopy: ERCP and EUS.
Endoscopic retrograde cholangio-pancreatography (ERCP)
ERCP enables physicians to precisely evaluate and treat problems in the bile ducts and the pancreatic duct. Our skilled radiologists have specific expertise in ERCP, which involves radiologic imaging during the endoscopy.
Endoscopic ultrasound (EUS)
In EUS, an ultra high-frequency ultrasound probe on the tip of the endoscope produces high-resolution internal images of the bile ducts, liver, pancreas, stomach, esophagus and colon. It can also take a biopsy and is helpful for lung cancer staging.
Endoscopy services around the Puget Sound
CHI Franciscan Endoscopy Centers are located across the Puget Sound region in the following locations:
Find a physician for GI care and endoscopy
If you have symptoms of a GI disorder, our gastroenterologists can help. Find a doctor online or call 1-888-825-3227 for a referral 24 hours a day.