Endoscopic ultrasound (EUS) is a highly specialised investigation combining two types of tests - endoscopy and ultrasound.
The consultant uses an endoscope (long, flexible telescope) with a miniature ultrasound probe attached. This is passed through the mouth, down the oesophagus into the stomach and duodenum. The ultrasound probe can give highly detailed images of the wall of the oesophagus, stomach and duodenum as well as the adjacent organs – gallbladder, pancreas and bile duct.
EUS can be used to take a tissue sample (biopsy), using a fine needle that is passed through the endoscope.This is then sent to the laboratory for analysis. This technique can assist in the diagnosis of enlarged abdominal lymph nodes, cysts or tumours.
Endoscopic ultrasound may be helpful in a variety of clinical scenarios:
- EUS is the most sensitive test for diagnosis of gallbladder microlithiasis (very small gallstones which may otherwise go undetected)
- It can be used to diagnose early chronic pancreatitis (inflammation of the pancreas), where the clinical history is suggestive.
- It can detect cysts of the pancreas. These are common, and although usually benign it is important to identify those with the potential to become malignant (cancerous).
- It can be used to collect tissue samples from the pancreas or from lymph nodes for analysis.
67 Lansdowne Road, Bournemouth, BH1 1RW
Shenfield Road, Brentwood, CM15 8EH
Warren Road, Brighton, BN2 6DX
Hatherley Lane, Cheltenham, GL51 6SY
78 Broyle Road, Chichester, PO19 6WB
Rykneld Road, Derby, DE23 4SN
Wonford Road, Exeter, EX2 4UG
25 Beaconsfield Road, Glasgow, G12 0PJ
Venns Lane, Hereford, HR1 1DF
Scraptoft Lane, Leicester, LE5 1HY
Clayton Road, Newcastle-under-Lyme, ST5 4DB
Beech Road, Headington, Oxford, OX3 7RP
Derriford Road, Plymouth, PL6 8BG
Staplegrove Elm, Taunton, TA2 6AN
Junction Road, Norton, Stockton on Tees, TS20 1PX
Kingswood Road, Tunbridge Wells, TN2 4UL
The Chase, Old Milverton Lane, Leamington Spa, CV32 6RW
Wood Road, Tettenhall, Wolverhampton, WV6 8LE
Haxby Road, York, YO31 8TA
Our prices are all-inclusive. We will equal any comparable price. There are no time limits on your aftercare.
Get in touch
Fill in an enquiry form below or call us
A member of the team will respond to you soon.