Gastroenterology conference to be held at CMC from today

The Department of Gastroenterology, Christian Medical College, is organising a national conference on “Gastroenterology Update 2018” on July 13 and 14.

It will focus on cutting edge imaging modalities in the field of advanced endoscopy – endoscopic ultrasonography and cholangiopancreaticoscopy.

Endoscopic ultrasound

According to a press release, endoscopic ultrasound was the fusion of two technologies — endoscopy and ultrasonography.

It helps in performing a more detailed examination and is useful in assessing the nature of a particular lesion — whether cancerous or innocuous, the degree of spread in certain gastrointestinal cancers and in evaluating disorders of the gall bladder, bile duct and pancreas when reports from other imaging modalities such as CT or MRI scans are inconclusive. Apart from being a diagnostic modality, endoscopic ultrasound, of late, has been valuable in treatment of some conditions.

Cholangiopancreaticoscopy refers to the direct visualisation of the bile and pancreatic ducts. This could help in the diagnosis of early cancers in these regions.

There would be live demonstrations, video sessions and lecture during the conference.

Interventional endoscopists from abroad would be sharing their expertise along with national faculty. More than 100 delegates are expected to take part.

With CMC celebrating the centenary of medical education this year, the department has invited D. Nageshwar Reddy, Chairman of Asian Institute of Gastroenterology, Hyderabad, and past president of World Endoscopy Organisation to deliver an oration, the release said.

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