Endoscopy Clinical Quality Data

Physicians at the Digestive Diseases Center at Cedars-Sinai continually monitor the the quality of care given to patients.  

Endoscopy and colonoscopy both use thin, flexible instruments to allow a doctor to see inside the esophagus, the stomach and the intestines -- the gastrointestinal system. The types and volumes of gastronintestinal endoscopic procedures performed at Cedars-Sinai are summarized in the chart below:

Performance Measures for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy - Procedure Volumes/YearCedars-Sinai 2011Cedars-Sinai 2012Cedars-Sinai 2013
Colonoscopy is an internal examination of the colon (large intestine), using an instrument called a colonoscope. The colonoscope is a small camera attached to a flexible tube. Unlike sigmoidoscopy, which examines only the lower third of the colon, colonoscopy examines the entire length of the colon.6,5426,4296,662
Esophagogastroduodenoscopy (EGD) is an examination of the lining of the esophagus, stomach, and upper duodenum with a small camera (flexible endoscope) which is inserted down the throat5,9655,9355,959
Endoscopic Retrograde Cholangiopancreatography (ERCP) is an procedure used to identify stones, tumors, or narrowing in the bile ducts. The procedure is done through an endoscope939910995
Endoscopic Ultrasound (EUS): This procedure uses sound waves to create an image of the pancreas or gastrointestinal tract.76910511174
Double Balloon Study: This is a new technique to evaluate the small bowel in people who have gastrointestinal lesions. Lesions found on Wireless Capsule can be biopsied and treated with Double Balloon Study.384521432
Wireless Capsule Procedure: This is a procedure in which the patient swallows a capsule that is about the size of multi-vitamin pill that has a camera attached to it. As the capsule moves through the intestines, it takes pictures that are transmitted to a data recorder the patient wears on a belt. These pictures are used by the doctor to diagnose intestinal bleeding and other disorders.368404349


This quality has also been recognized by the American Board of Certification for Gastronenterology Nurses which awarded the Excellence in Professionalism to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center's Hospital Endoscopy Unit.