The Methodist Hospitals GERD Center employs the latest, most reliable technologies and techniques to accurately diagnose Gastroesophageal reflux disease.
How is GERD Diagnosed?
EGD or Upper Endoscopy
This procedure allows Methodist physicians to examine the inside of the esophagus, stomach, and duodenum, and, if necessary, insert instruments through a scope to remove sample tissues for biopsy.
This test that helps Methodist physicians measure the strength of the muscles in the esophagus. It is useful in evaluating gastroesophageal reflux and swallowing abnormalities.
Bravo pH Monitoring System
Revolutionizing the standards for diagnosing acid reflux, Bravo pH monitoring shows when and how much acid is refluxing from the stomach into the esophagus. In the Bravo system, a small capsule implanted in the esophagus transmits information to a pager-sized receiver worn on the patient’s waist. After 48 hours, the information from the receiver is transmitted for analysis by a Methodist physician. The capsule detaches from the esophagus on its own and passes through the digestive system.