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Tests and Procedures

Virginia Mason Franciscan Health is recognized nationally and internationally for endoscopic treatment of gastroesophageal, hepatic and pancreaticobiliary disorders. An endoscope is a thin flexible tube that holds a miniature camera, microscopic instruments or an ultrasound probe. Gastroenterologists carefully maneuver the endoscope throughout the upper or lower gastrointestinal tract to diagnose and treat medical disorders, such as bleeding sites, tumors or obstructions. 

Virginia Mason Franciscan Health has been ranked consistently among the top five medical centers in Washington state for treatment of GI disorders. Learn about how to prepare for your procedures. Read about all of the Digestive Health conditions we treat.


  • Capsule endoscopy
  • Cholangioscopy/pancreatoscopy
  • Colonoscopy
  • Complex polypectomy
  • Endoscopic mucosal resection (EMR)
    (upper endoscopy)
  • Endoscopic ultrasound (EUS)
  • Endoscopic ablation therapy
    (cryotherapy, photodynamic therapy, radiofrequency ablation)
  • Endoscopic celiac plexus block
  • Endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP)
    • Pancreaticobiliary stent placement
    • Cholangioscopy
    • Confocal laser endomicroscopy
    • Endoscopic submucosal dissection (ESD)
    • Endoscopic suturing
    • Endoscopic options for weight loss
  • Enteral stent placement
  • Esophagogastroduodenoscopy (EGD)
  • MRCP
  • Peroral endoscopic myotomy (POEM)
  • Small bowel enteroscopy