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You might have one or more of these tests to look for signs of gallbladder cancer. If you are diagnosed with gallbladder cancer, you might have some of these tests to find out how big it is and whether it has spread.

Blood tests

What happens when you have a blood test to diagnose gallbladder cancer.

Ultrasound scans

An ultrasound scan can show whether a cancer has spread. See what it is and how you have it.

CT scan

Find out what a CT scan is, how you have it and what happens afterwards.

ERCP test

Find out about having an ERCP test, how to prepare, and how you might feel afterwards.

Biopsy and fine needle aspiration

Find out about tests to take samples of cells from the gallbladder, including biopsy and fine needle aspiration.

MRI scan

Find out what an MRI scan is, how you have it and what happens afterwards.

Endoscopic ultrasound

Read about what an endoscopic ultrasound is, how you have it and what happens afterwards.


Laparoscopy is an operation to look inside your tummy (abdomen). Doctors use it to look directly at your gallbladder to see any signs of cancer.


Cholangiography means looking at the structure of the bile ducts and gallbladder. It can help to find the size of a gallbladder cancer and whether it has spread.

Last reviewed: 
27 Oct 2017

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