To diagnose pancreatic cancer, doctors order various blood, lab, and imaging tests and perform a physical exam to look for jaundice and abnormal amounts of fluid and changes in the areas around the pancreas. Diagnostic tests for pancreatic cancer include the following:
- CT scan – A more detailed x-ray test, which produces a computerized image that reveals a pancreatic tumor
- Trans-abdominal ultrasound – An imaging test using a handheld ultrasound device over the abdomen that may show a tumor or blocked ducts in the pancreas
- EUS (endoscopic ultrasound test) – A tube with an ultrasound probe at the end of it is inserted through the throat and threaded down to the intestines; this test can reveal a tumor along with any blood vessel involvement
- ERCP (endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography) – A technique that combines the use of endoscopy and fluoroscopy to image inside of the stomach and duodenum; radiographic contrast is injected into the pancreas and bile ducts so they can be easily seen on x-rays
- An MRI - Magnetic resonance imaging
- PET scan - A 3D nuclear imaging technique
Our team of Pathologists will review each test and patients’ case individually, providing the most accurate and personalized care possible.