An extremely active research unit is maintained within the UK Endoscopy Center, focusing on projects in which endoscopy is the subject under investigation. These include new endoscopic techniques, assessment of endoscopic technologies, evaluation of endoscopy outcomes, and endoscopy suite management. A variety of active research protocols in endoscopy are currently underway; examples are described below.
Rectal Indomethacin vs. Glycerin in the Prevention of Post ERCP Pancreatitis - To determine the efficacy of prophylactic Indomethacin for the incidence of Post ERCP Pancreatitis in high-risk patients.
Secretin-Enhanced Magnetic Resonance Cholangiopancreatography(S-MRCP) - To determine the incidence of Post S-MRCP Pancreatitis.
Pancreatic Cyst Diagnosis - To compare the cytologic yield of two EUS sampling methods, standard FNA aspiration and trans-needle brush cytology in cystic pancreatic lesions.
Pancreatic Kindred Database - To develop a database (family tree) of patients with hereditary pancreatitis.
Reactions to Contrast Media at the Time of Endoscopic Cholangiopancreatography (ERCP) - To determine the incidence of adverse reactions to contrast media administered during ERCP in patients with a prior reaction to contrast media and/or shellfish allergy.
Predictors of Poor Prep - The purpose of this study is to determine predictors of poor bowel preparation in patients undergoing colonoscopy.
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