Colonoscopy services & other procedures
Early and accurate diagnosis is the first step in getting a gastrointestinal condition successfully treated. At Novant Health Gastroenterology Brunswick, we offer the most advanced diagnostic tests and treatment procedures available. And, we work to make them as accessible and convenient as possible with fast consultations and prompt procedure scheduling.
Procedures regularly performed by our providers include:
A colonoscopy is a procedure where a long, thin tube is inserted through the rectum into the colon. The tube, called an endoscope, is equipped with a light and a camera. The camera lets your provider see the inside of the colon and check for signs of cancer, ulcers or bleeding. Your provider can also use the endoscope to remove tissue or polyps to treat problems or to allow for more in-depth diagnoses. Click here to read more about the colonoscopy procedure.
Abdominal ultrasounds & X-rays
An abdominal ultrasound uses sound waves to view and assess structures in the abdomen including the intestines, liver and pancreas. For more information about abdominal ultrasounds, click here. Abdominal X-rays can diagnose internal injuries or disorders involving the bones and organs of the abdomen.
Barium enema & barium swallow
A barium enema and barium swallow are both procedures that use barium to highlight abnormalities in the throat, esophagus, stomach, colon or rectum when those parts of the digestive tract are X-rayed. Barium is a chalky, metallic powder that appears white on X-rays.
Abdominal CT (CAT) scan
A CT scan combines X-rays and computer technology to create detailed images of the bones, muscles, fat and organs of the body. CT scans can be used to diagnose problems related to the stomach, liver, pancreas or other organs.
Also called an upper GI endoscopy, this diagnostic procedure examines the esophagus and stomach. A long, flexible tube called an endoscope, which carries a camera and a light, lets your provider view your upper digestive tract. This is helpful in diagnosing swallowing issues, GERD, hiatal hernias, inflammation, ulcers and other conditions.
Gallbladder & liver scans
Gallbladder and liver scans involve the use of a small amount of a radioactive substance to highlight abnormalities in the gallbladder and liver. This is helpful in diagnosing gallbladder or liver problems, or in assessing whether treatment for such problems has been effective.
Used to view the lower third of the large intestine, a sigmoidoscopy involves the use of a thin, flexible, lighted tube called a sigmoidoscope. The tube is inserted into the intestine through the rectum. Air is injected into the intestine to inflate it so your provider can examine it more easily. This can be used to diagnose conditions including colon polyps, tumors, hemorrhoids and abdominal pain.
All procedures performed by a Novant Health Gastroenterology Brunswick providers are completed at Novant Health Brunswick Medical Center. This facility features 78 private patient rooms, five fully equipped operating rooms, and imaging and laboratory services.