At MedStar Georgetown, we believe that a multidisciplinary approach is the only approach. Our specialists work together as a team to find a definitive diagnosis and create a treatment plan. That is why your doctor will probably send you for a number of diagnostic procedures to help make a pancreatic cancer diagnosis. We use advanced imaging techniques to take detailed pictures of the inside of your body.
Excellence in Pancreatic Imaging at MedStar Georgetown
Before your doctors make decisions about your treatment, they must know how far the cancer has spread. Our doctors specialize in looking at scans for signs of pancreatic cancer, as well as performing more in-depth diagnostic procedures. The doctors are extremely experienced at identifying and communicating to MedStar Georgetown surgeons and other cancer physicians what the images reveal, and what the best approach to treatment might be.
Pancreatic Radiology Scans
These procedures include:
- Abdominal computed tomography (CT) scan, an imaging method, uses X-rays to create cross-sectional pictures of your abdominal area.
- Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scan of the abdomen, also an imaging method, uses powerful magnets and radio waves to create a detailed image of your abdominal area.
- Pancreatic biopsy can be performed in two ways, either by using an ultrasound or a CT scan.
Your doctor may also order these blood tests:
- Liver function tests evaluate how well your liver is working, because pancreatic cancer may affect your liver function.
- Serum bilirubin test measures the amount of bilirubin in your blood. Bilirubin is a fluid produced by the liver.
- Tumor markers
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