Transnasal US of the esophagus: preliminary morphologic and function studies.


High-frequency catheter-based ultrasound (US) transducers can be inserted into the esophagus transnasally to evaluate esophageal wall structures. Studies were performed in two sheep esophagus specimens in vitro, in 17 healthy human subjects, and in 16 patients with esophageal abnormalities (eight with achalasia, four with scleroderma, three with esophageal… (More)