While the small intestine has a smaller diameter compared to other parts of the digestive system, it is the longest, with a length of approximately 18 feet. This makes endoscopic evaluation using traditional techniques challenging. Radiographic imaging can be helpful in evaluating this organ, but accuracy is very limited for certain conditions.
There are, however, a variety of effective procedures developed to address this challenge. Several of our physicians have particular interest and experience in small bowel evaluation using capsule endoscopy, push enteroscopy, and deep enteroscopy via the Spirus system. Using a combination of these techniques, disorders of the small bowel such as Crohn’s disease, vascular anomalies, and certain tumors can be diagnosed and treated with greater accuracy, and less invasively than they had in the past.