This information will help you prepare for your endoscopic ultrasound (EUS) at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center (MSK).
An EUS uses high-frequency sound waves to produce images of your internal organs. It will give your doctor information about:
- How deep a tumor extends into your tissue
- If your lymph nodes are enlarged
- If there is a tumor in nearby tissues
- How a tumor has responded to cancer treatment
During your EUS, your doctor may also take a sample of tissue (biopsy) with a needle. If you have cysts, your doctor can also use the needle to remove fluid from them to see what is causing them.
Your EUS will be done as part of another endoscopy procedure you’re having. To prepare for your EUS, review the information that your nurse gave you about the endoscopy procedure you’re having.
- If you’re scheduled to have an EUS of the upper part of your digestive system, such as your esophagus (food pipe) or stomach, or the EUS is being performed to examine your pancreas, please follow the instructions in the resource Patient Guide to Upper Endoscopy.
- If you’re scheduled to have an EUS of your rectum or colon (large intestine), please follow the instructions in the resource that your doctor or nurse gives you, which may be:
If you have any questions about your EUS, please speak with your doctor or nurse.
If you have any questions or concerns, talk with a member of your healthcare team. You can reach them Monday through Friday from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm at ____________________. After 5:00 pm, during the weekend, and on holidays, please call____________________. If there’s no number listed, or you’re not sure, call 212-639-2000.