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What should I expect during a CT scan for pancreatic cancer?

The computerized tomography (CT) scanner is shaped like a giant donut. The patient lies on a bed that slowly passes through the hole as images are taken. While the pictures are being taken during the study, it is important that the patient remain still in order for the images to be as clear as possible.

Often after the first set of pictures is taken, the patient may be asked to drink contrast dye, or may receive an intravenous (IV) line through which the dye is injected. This dye helps to better outline the body structures, show small pancreatic tumors, and to reveal whether the cancer has spread to any other organs.

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