The emerging role of non-radiation endoscopic management of biliary tract disorders
Endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP) has evolved from a diagnostic and therapeutic technique into a therapeutic-centered modality for managing biliary disorders. Despite its many therapeutic benefits, radiation exposure from ERCP fluoroscopy is of concern and should be minimized as much as possible. Although the use of personal equipment offers significant protection against radiation, attention has been given to the development of non-radiation-based ERCP techniques. To this end, digital cholangioscopy and endoscopic ultrasound-assisted ERCP have emerged as alternatives to standard ERCP. Both techniques have sufficient feasibility and potential diagnostic accuracy to eliminate the need for fluoroscopy. Here we discuss the advances in non-radiation ERCP techniques and their role in the management of biliary stones.
Keywords Endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography, non-radiation ERCP, fluoroscopy, digital cholangioscopy, endoscopic ultrasound-assisted ERCP
Ann Gastroenterol 2018; 31 (5): 561-565