A cholangiopancreatoscopy is a procedure that may be used if a gastroenterologist needs a more accurate, real-time visualization of a patient's bile or pancreatic ducts to facilitate diagnosis or treatment. At Moffitt Cancer Center, our gastroenterologists use the SpyGlass® direct visualization system to help reduce the need for repeat procedures by facilitating highly accurate diagnostic testing, and also to provide individualized treatments for patients who are diagnosed with conditions involving the pancreatic and bile ducts.
During a SpyGlass® cholangiopancreatoscopy, a gastroenterologist uses an advanced endoscope to thoroughly examine the bile ducts with highly detailed imaging. This is often recommended if MRI and CT imaging is insufficient to provide a comprehensive diagnosis or if therapeutic treatment requires image guidance. For instance, a SpyGlass® cholangiopancreatoscopy may be performed to:
- Take a biopsy of potentially cancerous cells for advanced laboratory testing
- Remove duct stones using nontraditional methods, such as laser beam fragmentation
At Moffitt, our experienced gastroenterologists are able to choose from a wide range of diagnostic procedures and treatments, developing an individualized approach for each patient they treat. Cholangiopancreatoscopy is just one the procedures that we offer, and other options are being evaluated and introduced on a continual basis.
To schedule an appointment for a SpyGlass® cholangiopancreatoscopy at Moffitt, call 1-888-663-3488 or submit a new patient registration form online. Patients are not required to obtain physician referrals to consult with our gastroenterologists.