Endoscopic Ultrasound is a type of endoscopy test in which the doctor uses a thin flexible camera that has a small ultrasound probe at the tip. During the test the doctor will look at the structure of your pancreas, as well as examining the lymph nodes.
Everything will be shown magnified on a television screen, and images will also appear on the ultrasound machine.
If necessary, your doctor will take samples of cells from the surrounding areas by means of a fine needle aspiration (FNA), and send them to the laboratory for examination.
How long will the test take?
The test takes between 15 and 30 minutes.
When will I get the results?
If you have had samples taken by FNA, it may take 7 to 10 days before the results are available. Before you leave the hospital after your endoscopy, please make sure you have an appointment to come back to see your doctor for the results. Please remember that if you develop a high temperature, have difficulty in swallowing, or have increasing throat or chest pain, you should contact your doctor immediately.