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A 31-year-old member asked:

how well is a normal ultrasound at detecting pancreas abnormalities?

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Dr. Eric Chen
Dr. Eric Chen answered
Radiology 11 years experience
Not great: Pancreatic detail is limited on abdominal ultrasound. The pancreas is often obscured by overlying bowel or other structures because of its location deep in the abdomen.

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A 41-year-old member asked:

How effective is ultrasound at detecting pancreas?

1 doctor answer4 doctors weighed in
Dr. Harry Zegel
Radiology 50 years experience
See answer: Ultrasound (us) certainly can identify the pancreas, particularly its head and body – the tail may often be obscured by bowel gas. Us is a good screening examination but ct or MRI are modalities that provide better delineation if your dr. Feels that they medically appropriate.
Royal Oak, MI
A 19-year-old male asked:

Is it normal for a pancreas to have a slightly increased echogenicity on the ultrasound scan?

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Dr. Philip Kern
Endocrinology 43 years experience
Meaning?: It is really hard to know what this means. Why was this test done? Is there a history of pancreatitis? By itself, this kind of descriptor on an ultrasound means nothing unless it is correlated with clincial findings.
Atlanta, TX
A 38-year-old male asked:

On average (percentage wise) how much of the pancreas can be seen using ultrasound?

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Dr. Paxton Daniel
Radiology 39 years experience
Depends: From almost 0% in patients with a lot of bowel gas and/or obesity to 100% in thin patients with little gas in their bowel.
Polson, MT
A 34-year-old female asked:

My ultrasound report reads: Pancreas is echogenic with a lobular contour. Is a lobular contour normal? Is this reading normal?

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Dr. Sewa Legha
Medical Oncology 50 years experience
Looks like Normal: I do not see anything worry some in your report. Unless there is a mass/growth present , it is nothing to be concerned about... such as a Cancer
Saudi Arabia
A 52-year-old male asked:

What does it mean when ultrasound report says "Segments of pancreas appear fatty infiltrated". ?

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Dr. Maureen Ziboh
Family Medicine 26 years experience
Fatty Infiltration: It usually means there is quite a bit if fat that is seen on imaging in your organ. If you are obese, you should try to loose weight. Aldo discuss with your doctor.

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