Expert Diagnosis is Key!

Comprehensive evaluation with accurate diagnosis is the foundation for achieving successful outcomes. That’s why it’s important to seek care from a center that provides academic level care from a multidisciplinary, specialized team of hepatobiliary and pancreatic experts experienced in the accurate diagnosis of pancreatic cysts, as well as other complex gastrointestinal diseases.

Beginning with a thorough evaluation that includes a comprehensive physical exam, personal medical history review and state-of-the-art diagnostic workup, Hoag’s USC-affiliated multidisciplinary team of board-certified, fellowship trained hepatobiliary and pancreatic experts carefully evaluate and pinpoint the nature of the disease, so the most appropriate personalized treatment options can be employed.

Hoag’s state-of-the-art diagnostic technologies provide our team with the latest modalities in the accurate diagnosis of pancreatitis and other disorders. Some of the progressive imaging studies that may be utilized include:

  • Volume Rendering Computed Tomography (CT) is the most recent advance in CT technology. Only a few centers in Southern California have this technology, which creates highly accurate 3-D scans of the pancreas.
  • Endoscopic Ultrasound (EUS) uses an ultrasound device to make images of your pancreas from inside your abdomen.
  • Endoscopic Retrograde Cholangiopancreatography (ERCP) uses a dye to highlight the bile ducts in the pancreas, so that an accurate image of the bile duct and pancreatic duct may be obtained. This study is performed to rule out certain diseases of the pancreas and the bile duct. The physician may also insert small tubes (called stents) into the bile duct or the pancreatic duct, if they are obstructed, to relieve the obstruction.
  • MRCP is a modified MRI that utilizes specialized software to obtain a composite image of the pancreatic duct and the bile duct from the digital MRI images. This study provides similar information to an ERCP. However, as a diagnostic study, MRCP study is preferred to ERCP since this procedure is not invasive.

Innovative Treatment for Pancreatitis

When it comes to pancreatitis and other gastrointestinal diseases, The Hoag Digestive Disease Center, in alliance with Keck Medicine of USC, provides a full array of progressive treatment options. As a recognized leader and high-volume provider of innovative gastrointestinal care, Hoag’s multidisciplinary team of digestive disease experts performs some of the most advanced gastrointestinal and pancreatic procedures available in the nation with clinical outcomes that rival national figures.

Expert Care You Can Trust!

The Hoag Digestive Disease Center, in alliance with USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center, continues to lead the way in complex hepatobiliary and pancreatic care, providing access to a highly specialized surgical team that works collaboratively with Hoag-affiliated gastroenterologists and medical oncology specialists to provide academic-level care. Hoag’s committed to accurate diagnosis, combined with progressive therapeutic options enables Hoag patients to achieve some of the highest clinical outcomes in the nation.

To schedule a comprehensive diagnostic evaluation, or a second-opinion consultation with a Hoag pancreatic care expert, visit Meet the Team, or call us at: 949-764-5350.