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Ultrasound for pancreatic cancer

Ultrasound for pancreatic cancer

An ultrasound for pancreatic cancer uses sound wave technology to provide echoes of the pancreas. The echoes that pancreatic tumors produce are different from those of healthy tissues.

  • Endoscopic ultrasound (EUS): Since the pancreas is hidden behind other organs, treatment requires accuracy and precision. Endoscopic ultrasound allows us to view high-quality images of the pancreas and deliver treatment directly to a pancreatic mass.

What is an ultrasound?

This versatile imaging technology uses high-frequency sound waves to produce images of organs and tissues within the body. By capturing images in real time, ultrasound exams reveal the structure and movement of the body's internal organs, such as the heart, blood vessels, kidneys and liver.

Ultrasound can also be used to precisely locate the position of a tumor in order to guide a biopsy or aspiration procedure. For example, ultrasound may be used to mark out the boundaries of a tumor prior to its removal. It can also be used to administer cancer treatments.

Depending on the body part being examined, some types of ultrasound include: abdominal, breast, cardiac, pelvic, prostate, renal, testicular and thyroid. Unlike X-rays, ultrasound exams do not use radiation.