Investigations and diagnosis

Patients referred to the Belfast Trust with suspected bile duct cancer will be seen by a specialist HPB Consultant. The Consultant will ask the patient about their symptoms and general health before doing a physical examination. Patients may also have some blood taken for testing.

Patient may be referred for a number of scans and tests to find out the cause of their symptoms. These investigations include:

  • Ultrasound Scan
  • CT (computerised tomography) scan
  • MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) scan
  • Endoscopic retrograde cholangio-pancreatography (ECRP)
  • Endoscopic ultrasound scan (EUS)
  • Biopsy
  • Laparotomy
  • Laparoscopy¬†
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