Diagnosis of Bile Duct Cancer

The Bile Duct cancer is a rare form of cancer. You can easily find out the introduction of this cancer at this page; what is Bile Duct Cancer? The diagnosis of bile duct cancer involves various tests and procedures.  Here we discussed some common tests that are usually employed by the doctors for the diagnosis of bile duct cancer.


It is a usual test used in the diagnosis procedure of Bile Duct cancer. In this test the images of abdomen’s organs are created via sound waves.  This test is used for the identification of tumor and it is a kind of noninvasive test. The doctor place a probe on the surface of abdomen and through it they find it possible to view the internal organs of it such as the liver, spleen, and kidneys and  it becomes feasible to check the blood flow through the vessels. This process is also named as sonography.  The surgeon locates the area of cancerous cells growth with the mean of Intraoperative ultrasound.

Computed Tomography (CT) Scan:

It is another common test through which doctors get the detailed cross-sectional images of the body and thereby get an idea, where the cancerous cells invaded in the body. In order to get the superior images through CT scan, various doctors utilized different techniques; some go for modern spiral CT technology while other like to  use multi-detector row spiral technology

Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI):

In this test, magnetic field and radio waves are employed for creation of high quality and precise images of abdomen’s organs and tumor.

Fine-Needle Aspiration (FNA)

In this procedure, with the mean of small needles the doctors examine the bile duct but before using needles they administers local anesthetic. Normally, doctors go for ultrasound and CT scan instead of FNA.  It is said that fine-needle biopsy is not always provide good results therefore other diagnostic tools may be used.

Advanced Cytologic Techniques:

This is an advanced technology that is commonly used only in those clinics that have state-of-the-art technologies. In this method doctors assess the DNA content of malignant cells and this process help the doctors in recognition of causes of Bile Duct cancer.


In this procedure X-rays of the bile ducts are taken by inserting a long flexible tube into the bile ducts through mouth. Sometimes the doctor uses a thin needle through the skin for performing the X-rays.

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