Kate L. Iwamoto, M.D., is a pediatrician with Mercy Family Care Physicians in Downtown Baltimore.
Mercy’s team of breast surgeons and breast cancer specialists in Baltimore help women determine the best breast cancer treatment options available to them.
Mercy's renowned breast center offers award-winning care and Board Certified doctors. The Breast Center's comprehensive care is designed for women undergoing the journey to overcome breast disease.
Mercy offers emergency care on the Downtown Baltimore campus 24 hours a day, 7 days a week (410-332-9477) with access to a trained emergency medicine team, diagnostic services and consultations with specialists.
In case of an Emergency, Dial 911 and follow the instructions of the EMS (Emergency Medical Services) team.
Mercy Medical Center's downtown campus includes our Main Hospital - The Mary Catherine Bunting Center, McAuley Plaza and The Weinberg Center.
General visiting hours at Mercy are 11:00 am to 8:30 pm. Hours vary by floor, please check with the nursing staff or call 410-332-9555.
The Melissa L. Posner Institute for Digestive Health and Liver Disease at Mercy is proud to offer therapeutic endoscopy procedures, including endoscopic ultrasound, endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatogram (ERCP), and endoscopic mucosal resection, in a dedicated endoscopy suite. The Institute’s endoscopists are among the best doctors performing therapeutic endoscopy procedures in the Baltimore region.
An endoscopic ultrasound, or EUS, is a therapeutic endoscopy procedure used to evaluate and diagnose digestive disease. Using high frequency ultrasound, an endoscopic ultrasound is used to obtain detailed images of the digestive tract and the surrounding tissue and organs beyond the digestive tract walls. The images obtained from an endoscopic ultrasound often are more accurate and detailed than images provided by a traditional ultrasound. An endoscopic ultrasound takes approximately 1–2 hours to perform.
For an endoscopic ultrasound, a small ultrasound transducer is installed on the tip of an endoscope, which also has a light and a camera at the end. Both the upper digestive tract and lower digestive tract can be examined using an endoscopic ultrasound. To view the upper digestive tract, the endoscope is inserted through the mouth. To view the lower digestive tract, the endoscopic is inserted through the anus. With an endoscopic ultrasound, the use of ultrasound enables high-quality, detailed images that are used for the evaluation and diagnosis of digestive disease. In addition, a fine needle aspiration (FNA), which allows for biopsies, can be conducted during an endoscopic ultrasound.
Endoscopic ultrasound is used to screen for biliary cancer, pancreatic cancer, and pancreatitis. An endoscopic ultrasound can detect tumors in the pancreas, stage gastrointestinal cancers, and detect stones in biliary ducts.
The Institute for Digestive Health & Liver Disease at Mercy Medical Center brings Baltimore-based top gastroenterologists, doctors, surgeons and specialists to the patient communities of the Mid-Atlantic region with leading treatments for diseases and conditions affecting the digestive tract, including liver and hepatobiliary diseases, inflammatory bowel and colorectal diseases such as Crohn's disease or colitis, conditions of the pancreas, heartburn and reflux disease (GERD), and stomach and intestinal disorders.
Dr. Richard Desi of The Institute for Digestive Health and Liver Disease, focuses on hepatology, a sub-specialty of gastroenterology that addresses the liver, gallbladder, pancreas and biliary tract.
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