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how accurate is a ct at detecting pancreatic cancer

A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Andrew Turrisi
46 years experience in Radiation Oncology
Imaging with CT: Can observe some cases, but will miss others, so it is not the best, endoscopy, endoscopic ultrasound, and ERCP or mr-cholangiography help, but all re ... Read More

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A 37-year-old female asked:
Dr. Sridhar Shankar
Specializes in Radiology
Not necessarily: Most times MRCP is done without using intravenous contrast, and the study is primarily to look at the bile ducts and pancreatic duct. In such a situat ... Read More
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A 44-year-old female asked:
Dr. Joseph Rank
Specializes in Pathology
Possibly: There are different types of imaging that may demonstrate a mass, or the effects of a mass or stricture in the ducts of the pancreas. Ct may show a ma ... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Douglas Miller
40 years experience in Pathology
Size, detectability: Ct scans will indeed show the mass of a pancreatic cancer once it reaches a certain size, but most cases are advanced by the time the primary tumor is ... Read More
A 52-year-old member asked:
Dr. Steven Chmielewski
29 years experience in Diagnostic Radiology
Endoscopic US: Has the highest sensitivity for detecting pancreatic masses. However, it's invasive and not readily available in some areas. There are specific ways t ... Read More
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A 37-year-old female asked:
Dr. Sewa Legha
49 years experience in Medical Oncology
CT scan is a good te: CT scan can pick up any lump or tumor of more than 2 cm when located in the abdomen.. In that regard it will pick up pancreatic Cancer if it is there. ... Read More
A 41-year-old male asked:
Dr. Daniel Conway
35 years experience in General Surgery
Probably not : Symptomatic pancreatic cancer is usually easy to detect by ct. A normal scan, especially in a 34 year old, makes pancreatic cancer very unlikely. T ... Read More
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A 45-year-old male asked:
Dr. Arthur Heller
42 years experience in Gastroenterology
Often: Very small tumors may be missed. Generally suspicious masses can be seen. Sometimes special versions can be helpful.
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A 42-year-old male asked:
Dr. Robert Kwok
32 years experience in Pediatrics
Yes: If no cancer is found on the scan, one can work with his GI specialist if symptoms continue, to see what follow-up care is needed. One can only worry ... Read More
A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Shaban Faruqui
Specializes in Gastroenterology
Panc. Ca grows slow: The investigation found that pancreatic cancer develops and spreads much more slowly than has been thought, when it first forms to when it kills spann ... Read More
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