Fletcher Allen, a Vermont university hospital and medical center, serves all of
Vermont and the northern New York region. Located in Burlington, Fletcher Allen is a regional, academic healthcare center and teaching hospital in alliance with the University of Vermont.
Pancreatic Cancer Diagnosis
There are no tests yet that work well for finding pancreatic cancer in its early stages. However, doctors are always doing studies to find new techniques to diagnose and treat you better. Fletcher Allen has a history of clinical trial experience.
Diagnosing Pancreatic Cancer at Fletcher Allen: ERCP and Endoscopic Ultrasound
Fletcher Allen's physicians are specially trained in advanced technology to diagnose pancreatic cancer.
- ERCP (endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography) uses a dye to highlight the ducts in your pancreas. During ERCP, a flexible, lighted scope (called endoscope) is inserted through the mouth and gently moved down the throat, through your stomach and into the upper part of your small intestine (called duodenum). Then, a dye is injected into the pancreatic and bile ducts through a small hollow tube (called catheter) that's passed through the endoscope. Lastly, the doctor takes X-rays of the ducts. Sometimes doctors use ERCP to take a tissue or cell sample (called biopsy).
- Endoscopic ultrasound (EUS) uses an endoscope fitted with an ultrasound probe down the throat and through your stomach to take images of your pancreas from inside your abdomen. A biopsy can be collected during EUS.
- Fine-needle aspiration is another way to take a tissue sample for testing. During this procedure a needle is inserted through your skin and into your pancreas to collect the biopsy.
- Imaging tests
Your doctor may order any of the following, which take pictures of the inside of your body:
- An abdominal ultrasound
- Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)
- Computed tomography (CT or CAT) scan
Find a Fletcher Allen physician or call us at 877-540-HOPE (4673).