What are Pancreas CT Scans?

Pancreas CT scans are often ordered by doctors to help find more information about an abnormality of the pancreas, diseases of the pancreas or inflammation of the pancreas (pancreatitis).

CT scans of the pancreas can provide much more detailed information than standard x-rays if done correctly. CT scans of the pancreas are useful in the diagnosis cancer of the pancreas and pancreatitis, but one shouldn't be alarmed if a pancreas CT scan is ordered as there are numerous reasons beyond this usage.

A CT scan can locate small tumors in the pancreas that might be missed by ultrasound. A CT scan can also show quite accurately whether a mass has extended beyond the pancreas. This helps determine how nearby blood vessels and organs may be affected.

The best imaging technique for a troubled pancreas will nearly always be spiral CT (ideally multisection CT). The reasons for this preference include its wide availability, speed, thin sections, optimal enhancement, high spatial resolution, and consistently good images.

The importance of good CT technique cannot be overemphasized, and the key elements are the following: oral water as negative intraluminal contrast.

CT scan of Pancreas Calcifications

There are many other types of CT scans. Click any of the ones listed below to find out more:

Abdominal or Abdomen CT scans
Adrenal Gland CT scans
Arm CT scans
Bile Duct CT scans
Brain CT scans
Chest (thorax) CT scans
Gallbladder CT scans
Head CT scans
Leg CT scans
Liver CT scans
Neck CT scans
Pancreas CT scans
Pelvis CT scans
Sinus CT scans
Spine CT scans
Spleen CT scans
Urinary tract CT scans

GOOD SOURCES FOR FURTHER READING: Dictionary of Medical Terms, 4th Edition, from A&C Black Publishers Ltd., Grey's Anatomy, The Classic Collector's Edition, by Henry Gray, Mayo Clinic Family Health Book, Second Edition by Mayo Clinic, Howard Gallager, Mayo Foundation, Women's Health, Men's Health and Health for Seniors all by Professor Peter Abrahams, the National Cancer Institute, the American Medical Association, the National Medical Association, the American Academy of Family Physicians, the American College of Radiology.

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