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You might have one or more tests to diagnose pancreatic cancer. 

Further tests show how big the cancer is and whether it has spread to other parts of the body. 

CT scan

A CT scan is one of the most common tests for pancreatic cancer.

Abdominal ultrasound

Get information on what an ultrasound is, how you have it and what happens afterwards.


There are different ways of taking a sample of cells (biopsy) to check for pancreatic cancer.

Endoscopic ultrasound

Find out about having an endoscopic ultrasound and what happens afterwards.

MRI and MRCP scan

You might have an MRI scan, or a type of MRI called an MRCP to find out if you have pancreatic cancer. Or you might have it to see how big the cancer is and whether it has spread.


ERCP stands for endoscopic retrograde cholangio pancreatography. It can help to diagnose conditions of the liver, bile ducts, pancreas or gallbladder.


Find out about what a laparoscopy is, what happens and what happens after.

Blood tests

You might have one or more blood tests if you are having tests for pancreatic cancer.

PET scan

PET stands for positron emission tomography. This type of scan can show how body tissues are working, as well as what they look like.

Last reviewed: 
26 Sep 2019

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