This service or treatment is generally covered by most health insurance policies. You are responsible for checking your insurance policy cover, and you may need a referral letter. Check which insurance companies are covered.
An endoscopic ultrasound scan (EUS) combines two types of test – endoscopy and ultrasound. The echo-endoscope is a thin flexible tube (about as wide as a finger), on the end of which is a bright light and a tiny digital camera, and a small ultrasound probe. The endoscope is passed by your doctor through your mouth and down the oesophagus, through your stomach and into the duodenum. EUS allows detailed images to be obtained not only of the lining of the upper gut (as with standard endoscopy), but also of areas beyond the gut lining, including the lungs, pancreas, liver, gallbladder and stomach.
The echo-endoscope can also be inserted into the back passage and through the colon, to analyse structures in the wall of the lower gut and beyond. The endoscope also has a 'side channel' down which instruments can pass.
Additional procedures that may be required include:
- EUS and biopsy/ Fine needle aspiration (FNA)
- EUS-guided stent placement
- EUS and Coeliac Plexus Block
The need for specific procedures during EUS will be specifically discussed prior to the EUS procedure being performed.