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Endoscopic Ultrasound Guided Anti-Cancer Therapy

Issue: Vol.9, No.1 - January 2010

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  1. Dr Manoop S. Bhutani
    MD
    Unit 1466, UT MD Anderson Cancer Center, Faculty Center

Endoscopic ultrasound is an imaging modality that is a marriage of flexible endoscopes with high frequency ultrasound transducers that can be passed into the gastrointestinal tract providing high-resolution images of thoracic and abdominal organs. Interventions are possible with echoendoscopes as needles can be passed under ultrasonic guidance into various organs. Endosonography has been utilized to perform fine needle aspiration of a variety of lesions. A number of efforts are being made to utilize the targeting abilities of endosonography in a minimally invasive fashion for anti-cancer therapy and this paper will discuss the possibilities and emerging data in the field.

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