Understanding Your Diagnosis
Tests That Help Evaluate Esophageal Cancer
- Chest X-Ray
A chest X-ray is an imaging test that uses X-rays to look at the structures and organs in your chest. It can help your health care provider see how well your lungs and heart are working. Certain heart problems can cause changes in your lungs. Certain diseases can cause changes in the structure of the heart or lungs.
- Upper GI Endoscopy
An upper GI endoscopy or EGD (esophagogastroduodenoscopy) is a procedure to diagnose and treat problems in your upper GI tract (gastrointestinal tract).
- Upper Gastrointestinal Series
An upper gastrointestinal series is an imaging test of your esophagus, stomach, and first part of your small intestine (duodenum). The test is done with X-rays after you swallow a special beverage. The beverage contains either contrast or a powder called barium.
CT Scan of the Abdomen
CT scan is a type of imaging test. It uses X-rays and computer technology to make images or slices of the body. A CT scan can make detailed pictures of any part of the body, including the bones, muscles, fat, organs, and blood vessels. They are more detailed than regular X-rays.
Understanding Your Stage of Esophageal Cancer
How Does My Doctor Know I Have Esophageal Cancer?
Can I Survive Esophageal Cancer? What Is My Prognosis?