A cost analysis of endoscopic ultrasound in the evaluation of esophageal cancer

@article{Harewood2002ACA,
  title={A cost analysis of endoscopic ultrasound in the evaluation of esophageal cancer},
  author={Gavin C. Harewood and Maurits J. Wiersema},
  journal={American Journal of Gastroenterology},
  year={2002},
  volume={97},
  pages={452-458}
}
OBJECTIVE:The use of endoscopic ultrasound (EUS) with guided fine needle aspiration (FNA) of suspicious lymph nodes has become an important aid in the staging of esophageal carcinoma. The economic impact of this staging strategy has not yet been described. We applied a decision analysis model to compare the costs of EUS FNA, CT-guided FNA, and surgery in the management of esophageal tumors. A cost-minimization approach was employed, as viewed from the perspective of the payer.METHODS:A decision… CONTINUE READING