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Liver, Pancreas and Biliary Tract Tumor Diagnosis

Diagnosis for Liver, Pancreas or Biliary Tumor

If your doctor recommends that you need a diagnosis to determine what your symptoms mean, your doctor will recommend blood tests. You may also have one or more of the following tests:

Imaging Scans

These take detailed pictures of your stomach, liver and pancreas:

  • CT scan
  • MRI
  • MRCP
  • Doppler ultrasound
  • PET scan
  • Octreotide scan
  • Angiogram

Interventional Procedures

These procedures usually involve mild sedation (you feel like you are asleep). Your doctor will use a lighted microscope to look down your throat and examine your gastrointestinal tract (stomach, pancreas, liver).

  • Endoscopic ultrasound (EUS): during this procedure, your doctor uses ultrasound equipment to look at your stomach and liver through a tube in your throat. You are usually asleep for this test.
  • Biopsy: your doctor may want to remove a small piece of the growth or tumor, to determine the best course of treatment
  • Endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography procedure (ERCP): during this procedure, your doctor will carefully examine the liver, pancreas and bile ducts using a small tube in your throat. You will be asleep during this procedure.
    • SpyGlass® Direct Visualization System: an advanced fiber optic camera that gives your physician unparalleled visualization of the pancreas, liver and bile ducts

Treatment for Liver, Pancreas and Biliary Tumors

Based on your diagnosis, your doctor may recommend one or more of three approaches:

  • Surgery
  • Medication
  • Radiation treatment
Learn more about treatment for liver, pancreas and biliary tract tumors.

Speak with a Liver, Pancreas and Biliary Tumor Specialist

Questions? Request a consult and we will contact you within one business day. For referrals or patient appointments, please call (313) 916-6137.

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