A 37-year-old male asked:
can pancreatic cancer or cancer in pancreas be detected with ct scan?
3 doctor answers
Dr. Arthur Heller answered
42 years experience Gastroenterology
Often: Very small tumors may be missed. Generally suspicious masses can be seen. Sometimes special versions can be helpful.
Answered on Jun 15, 2013
Dr. Debashish Bose answered
18 years experience General Surgery
Yes, but: A high resolution ct scan done in a certain way (pancreas protocol) has a very good chance of detecting a tumor in the pancreas, if evaluated by a radiologist with specialist level experience in pancreatic cases.
Answered on Feb 20, 2020
Dr. David Earle answered
30 years experience General Surgery
Often: Ct scan is a very good way to detect pancreatic cancer, but there are a few caveats. One, no test is 100% accurate. Two, some cancers may not be detected on ct scan because of the way the study was performed. Three, some may not be detectable due to small size or location. There may need to be other tests such as ERCP or endoscopic ultrasound.
Answered on Mar 20, 2018
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