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How is ultrasound used to diagnose pancreatitis?

Ultrasound is used to diagnose pancreatitis by sending sound waves into the body that echo off the pancreas to create an image. Two types of ultrasounds may be used to diagnose pancreatitis: an abdominal ultrasound and an endoscopic ultrasound. An abdominal ultrasound is less intrusive and requires you to lie on your back as a wand is passed over your abdomen. The sound waves will show the size of the pancreas and whether or not you have gallstones. It may also detect if other organs around the pancreas are inflamed.


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