Endoscopic ultrasound

Endoscopic ultrasound is indicated to investigate abdominal pain, gallstones, weight loss, jaundiced and pancreatic problems

While the patient is asleep, a  special thin flexible camera with an ultrasound mounted at the end of it, it is carefully inserted into the stomach and duodenum. A small camera transmits an image to a monitor, allowing close examination of  swallowing tube (oesophagus),stomach, gallbladder and pancreas . The only preparation for endoscopy is fasting 6 hours prior to the test. During the test biopsies can be taken.

The procedure is done to diagnose small gallstones and sludge, pancreatic cysts, pancreatic cancer ,stomach and oesophageal cancer.