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We perform many tests for benign esophageal tumors using a thin tube called an endoscope and a camera that we pass down your throat. Using the most advanced technology, we perform these tests in our new endoscopy suite. Learn more about the Endoscopy Suite at Stanford.
Our experts often discover benign esophageal tumors during diagnostic tests for other conditions, such as GERD. When this happens, we do additional testing to examine your tumor in detail. This helps us determine whether you need treatment.
You may need one or more tests, including:
Barium esophagram: After drinking a thick liquid dye (barium) we conduct an imaging study to examine its movement through your esophagus. This test shows narrowing (strictures), muscle coordination and whether you are retaining food in your esophagus.
Computed tomography (CT) scan: Using X-rays and special computer software, this test creates 2-D and 3-D images of your esophagus.
Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI): This test produces detailed images of your esophagus without radiation and can show the fine details of your esophagus and possible tumors.
Upper endoscopy: This examines the lining of your esophagus. We may also take a tissue sample (biopsy) and examine it under a microscope. Learn more about endoscopic ultrasound at Stanford Health Care.