Endoscopic ultrasound (EUS) is a procedure that uses a specialized endoscope with high frequency sound waves to obtain detailed imaging of the lining of the gastrointestinal tract and surrounding organs, including the liver, pancreas, bile duct, gallbladder and lymph noes. It also allows your doctor to obtain tissue samples from the inside using a small needle, without requiring surgery.
EUS can also be used to drain fluid from pancreatic cysts, abscesses, bile ducts and the gallbladder.
Who Might Benefit from an EUS?
You might need an endoscopic ultrasound to diagnose or evaluate the progression of certain cancers, including the following:
Your doctor also might recommend an EUS if you have one of the following conditions:
Rush Excellence in EUS
- Quick access to the answers you need: At Rush, you can usually have an EUS and get your results within 24 to 48 hours. Our experts are also on call around the clock if you require an urgent EUS.
- A range of testing options: EUS provides doctors with more detailed images than many other types of tests. But sometimes, you may need other tests, such as computed tomography (CT) or magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). These are available from the radiology team at Rush so you don't have to go elsewhere for testing.
- Top-ranked gastroenterology and cancer programs: If you have a complicated diagnosis, our experts are committed to helping you through this time. Our experience in managing complex cases is just one reason why U.S. News & World Report ranks Rush University Medical Center's cancer, gastroenterology and GI surgery programs among the best in the country.
- A multidisciplinary treatment plan tailored to your needs: Our gastroenterologists, oncologists, radiologists and surgeons work together and take your specific goals and preferences in mind when designing a customized care plan that considers all the options.