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Tests to diagnose

You might have one or more of these tests to find out the cause of your symptoms.

Blood tests for bile duct cancer

You have blood tests to check your general health and to help find a cause of your symptoms. A blood test on its own can't diagnose bile duct cancer. Find out about the blood tests you might have.

Ultrasound scan

This scan uses sound waves to look at your bile ducts, pancreas and liver from outside the body. It's called an abdominal ultrasound scan.

Ultrasound from inside the body (EUS)

You might have an endoscopic ultrasound scan (EUS). 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 might have a CT scan of your tummy (abdomen). Find out what it is and what happens during the scan. 

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 test to find out the cause of a blockage in your bile duct. Find out more. 

Biopsy for bile duct cancer

You usually have a biopsy during tests such as an ERPC. Find out what a biopsy is and how you have it.

Last reviewed: 
30 Nov 2020
Next review due: 
30 Nov 2023
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