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Tests to diagnose

You might have one or more of these tests to find out if a bile duct cancer (cholangiocarcinoma) is causing your symptoms. Find out more about the tests. 

Blood tests

Learn about having blood tests to diagnose bile duct cancer and what happens after.

Ultrasound scan

This scan uses sound waves to look at your bile ducts, pancreas and liver. The doctor looks for cysts, stones, and signs of cancer. 

Ultrasound from inside the body (EUS)

You might have an endoscopic ultrasound. This test creates ultrasound pictures from the the inside of the body. 

ERCP test

ERCP stands for endoscopic retrograde cholangio pancreatography. It can help to diagnose conditions of the liver, bile ducts, pancreas or gallbladder.

CT scan

You may have a CT scan. Find out how you have it and what happens afterwards.

MRI and MRCP scan

You might have an MRI scan, or a type of MRI called an MRCP. Find out how you have these scans.

Percutaneous transhepatic cholangiography (PTC)

Percutaneous transhepatic cholangiography (PTC) is a type of x-ray to diagnose bile duct cancer. 

Biopsy

Find out what a biopsy is, how you have it and what happens after your test to diagnose bile duct cancer. 

Last reviewed: 
27 Jan 2015

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