Can pancreatic cancer be missed in ultrasound?

About "can" The answer to whether or not something "can" happen in life is often "yes" because, as the saying goes, the only two things guaranteed in life are "death and taxes." The more useful question asks "how likely" is something to happen. Any ultrasound can miss any cancer, because cancers start with a single cell and take a while to become visible. One's doctor who sees the entire picture can advise.

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Can pancreatic cancer be seen using ultrasound?

Usually. I've seen a few at autopsy that were so small or similar enough in texture to the rest of the pancreas that they would probably have been missed. Read more...
Yes. Yes but bowel gas often limits the view. A much better test is a pancreatic ct. Read more...

Should normal pancreas on CT scans, ultrasound, blood work, and tumor markers be enough to alleviate my anxiety about pancreatic cancer?

Yes. Is there a family history of cancer of the pancreas that has you concerned? All tests can miss tiny areas of cancer, if you are high risk the testing should be repeated yearly or so to see if there are any changes. Sounds like you have had a pretty thorough work up, so I would rest easy, but get repeat studies if there is some risk factor. Read more...
A CT scan. Specifically tailored to look for a pancreatic mass has a very high sensitivity for tumor detection. In combination with the ultrasound, etc..., that should be a sufficient work up. Read more...

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...