The three-day Asian Endo-ultrasound (EUS) conference that kick-started with a bang on Thursday, it will play host to a number of invitees from India as well as doctors and endoscopists from abroad.
Dr Amit Maydeo, organising chairman of the conference and the director of Baldota Institute of Digestive Sciences (BIDS), Global Hospital, Mumbai, said, “The idea of the conference is to learn from different experts across the world. India has been one of the leaders in EUS. I was the first to start this technique as a curious attempt. Now, it has become an indispensable part of diagnosis and treatment. EUS technique helps get images outside the stomach, intestine, food pipe. This is the second Asian EUS Congress. The first was held in Korea.”
“Across the globe, India has been the leaders in making many advances and techniques that others are learning,” said Dr Maydeo.
Dr Maydeo explained that during the three-day long conference, the endoscopists will get to discuss and learn how to image and from where, from which aspect to see what structure, how to take a tissue, how to decide and find out whether a disease or cancer has spread beyond a particular organ.
“India is a hub of training and teaching EUS also because of main diseases like cancer of food pipe, cancer of the pancreas, lymph nodes because of tuberculosis, because of lymphoma, various structures outside the oesophagus like a cystic tumour etc.,” explained Dr Maydeo.
Dr Maydeo said, year around, the Baldota Institute of Digestive Sciences gets endoscopists from different parts of the world to learn EUS.
“Dr Dhir has been a guru to many endoscopists worldwide who come to our institute to learn EUS,” he added.
Dr Maydeo informed that during the three-day conference, latest techniques in EUS will be demonstrated.
“To relieve the obstruction in the biliary system or pancreatic duct there were various non-surgical techniques. But, in case they failed, the patient had to undergo major surgery or we have to puncture the liver or pancreas from outside. In India, we now have developed an EUS-guided technique, where bile duct or pancreas can be punctured by endosonography. The technique will be one of the several techniques that will be demonstrated at the conference,” he said.
Dr Maydeo concluded saying that EUS is evolving a new speciality in endoscopy. “When I started it, EUS was seen as a curiosity. Now, it is an indispensable part of gastroenterology department of a hospital to win the war against diseases.”