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How accurate is a CT at detecting pancreatic cancer?

How accurate is a CT at detecting pancreatic cancer?

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 require biopsy proof. Next is categorizing for resection, the only successful treatment, and the vessels (sma, smv, portal vein) are the critical facts, as well as nodes, peritoneal and distant sotes of mets. ...Read more

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Dr. Barry Rosen
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Cancer (Definition)

Cancer is a group of diseases that is characterized by uncontrolled cell growth leading to invasion of surrounding tissues that spread to other parts of the body. Cancer can begin anywhere in the body and is usually related to one or more genetic mutations that allow normal cells to become malignant by interfering with internal cellular control mechanisms, such as programmed cell death or by preventing ...Read more


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Is an MRCP better than a CT scan in detecting pancreatic cancer?

Is an MRCP better than a CT scan in detecting pancreatic cancer?

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 situation, all the study accomplishes is to tell yes or no, the ducts are dilated or not and gives an indication where the obstruction is. CT, when well done can be better. On the other hand, if the MRI contrast can be comprehensive. ...Read more

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Would CT pick up pancreatic cancer?

Would CT pick up pancreatic cancer?

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 mass, but often a biopsy, which is interpreted by a pathologist, is necessary to confirm a diagnosis of cancer. ...Read more

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Why would it not be practical to use CT scans to detect pancreatic cancer?

Why would it not be practical to use CT scans to detect pancreatic cancer?

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 large enough to see on a ct scan. So it isn't a question of "practicality", but one of what the ct is useful for. It can't be relied upon as a screening tool (plus it involves radiation exposure). ...Read more

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Does a normal CT scan exclude pancreatic cancer?

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 to image the pancreas with ct that improve the test. ...Read more

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Can pancreatic cancer or cancer in pancreas be detected with CT scan?

Can pancreatic cancer or cancer in pancreas be detected with CT scan?

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. ...Read more

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Had a pancreas protocol ct. it was clear would this be reassuring for pancreatic cancer? Really worried.

Had a pancreas protocol ct. it was clear would this be reassuring for pancreatic cancer? Really worried.

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 so much about cancer, as we are all here on this planet for only a short while. If a disorder is not detected, worrying too much about an undetectable disorder can lead to a miserable life, due to anxiety. Thus, one must choose to live without worry ...Read more

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If pancreatic cancer was the cause of urq disc in 34yr would it be advanced enough not to be missed on CT scanw contrast?Test normal but still worried

If pancreatic cancer was the cause of urq disc in 34yr would it be advanced enough not to be missed on CT scanw contrast?Test normal but still worried

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. There are, however many other mire common causes of abd pain such as gallbladder disease and ulcers that are not well detected by ct. If pain persists see you physician for additional testing. ...Read more

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If pancreatic cancer in body or tail is causing symptoms, would it show up on a iv contrast ct scan?

If pancreatic cancer in body or tail is causing symptoms, would it show up on a iv contrast ct scan?

Yes it would: CT scan of the abdomen is a reliable to test to check for Cancer of the Pancreas. So you do not have to think too much about this as a source of your symptoms. Go see a Gastroenterologist if symptoms persist for more than a week or two. ...Read more

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Up abdom pain extends to back. us & ct with contrast normal. Little pain in left also. Really worried about pancreatic cancer. Ct scan reassuring?

Up abdom pain extends to back. us & ct with contrast normal. Little pain in left also. Really worried about pancreatic cancer. Ct scan reassuring?

Pancreatic cancer: Go to a good gastroenterologist and let him lead the workup. There are other things that can be done. Check the 'web for the latest info. ...Read more

Dr. Arthur Balin
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Computed Tomography (Definition)

Ct uses xrays taken an 360 degrees combined with a computer to see"inside" the body. The table moves as the xray tube and detectors spin around the patient 10 times a second or more! the image shows excellent soft tissue detail, enhanced with injection of intravenous contrast or oral contrast. This way the body is shown in slices, in any plane, usually axially, but ...Read more


Dr. Debashish Bose
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Pancreatic Cancer (Definition)

Cancer of the pancreas are fast growing abnormal cells. These can be adenocarcinoma that can grow quickly, difficult to diagnose at an early stage & only sometimes can be removed with surgery. Endocrine cancers tend to be slower growing & may produce hormones & are surgically removed. Cystic cancers also may have better success with surgery. All of these can be difficult ...Read more