Endoscopic Ultrasound (EUS)

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 and blood vessels that surround the pancreas.

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), or fine needle biopsy (FNB) 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, it may take 7 to 10 days before the results are available. Results will be discussed at the Multi-Disciplinary Team meeting, where the results of your other investigations will be reviewed. Follow up will then be arranged by the clinical team.