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How are imaging studies used to diagnose pancreatic cancer?

Imaging studies provide important visual information about the pancreas and surrounding organs and blood vessels. They are crucial tools in diagnosing and monitoring pancreatic cancer.

There are many types of imaging studies, each providing different information. Most imaging studies are non-invasive, but there are some that are invasive and require inserting an instrument into the body.

Depending on your symptoms, your doctor may ask that you undergo one or more of the imaging studies explained here. Each will help your physician visualize, diagnose, and monitor a pancreatic tumor.

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