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If you have symptoms of pancreatic cancer, your healthcare provider will take a thorough medical history and perform a physical exam to look for any suspicious masses or swelling.
In addition, your provider may order imaging tests, such as:
Computed tomography (CT) scan
Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)
Ultrasound, including abdominal ultrasound and endoscopic ultrasound
Cholangiopancreatography, which looks for abnormalities in the pancreatic and bile ducts; this procedure may be done with an endoscope (endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography or ERCP), with MRI (magnetic resonance cholangiopancreatography or MRCP) or with X-rays, using a special hollow needle and dye (percutaneous transhepatic cholangiography or PTC)
Positron emission tomography (PET) scan
Angiography, which uses X-ray to look at blood vessels and determine whether there are tumor blockages or abnormal blood flow
Biopsy, which may be done through the skin, via an endoscope or during surgery