UChicago Medicine trains physicians on ‘game-changing’ intestinal ultrasound

Noa Krugliak Cleveland, MD, performs an ultrasound on a patient.
Noa Krugliak Cleveland, MD (pictured), and David T. Rubin, MD, will co-direct UChicago Medicine’s training course on intestinal ultrasound (IUS).

A select group of gastroenterologists from around the world will gather at the University of Chicago Medicine March 16-18 for demonstrations and training on how to perform intestinal ultrasound (IUS). The groundbreaking procedure provides a fast, real-time, noninvasive look at what’s happening in the intestines for a variety of conditions, including ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease.

UChicago Medicine is the second hospital in the country to offer intestinal ultrasounds to its Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) patients who would otherwise need colonoscopies or other tests and procedures to assess inflammation and monitor treatments.

Only a handful of doctors nationwide have been trained to perform and interpret IUS. Training was not available for American doctors until 2022, said gastroenterologist International Bowel Ultrasound Group, is made possible by a $1.7 million grant from the Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust.

Just 30 IBD physicians from a pool of 120 applicants were chosen to attend the three days of presentations, videos, and hands-on sessions with actual patients.

Group photo of the doctors who attended the UChicago Medicine IUS training session
The group of IBD physicians who attended the IUS training session at UChicago Medicine.

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Noa Cleveland

Noa Krugliak Cleveland, MD

Dr. Krugliak Cleveland specializes in gastroenterology and serves as Director of the Intestinal Ultrasound Program at UChicago Medicine.

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