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17

NCCN Guidelines for Patients

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:

Pancreatic Cancer, Version 1.2017

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Treatment planning

Imaging tests

ERCP (endoscopic retrograde

cholangiopancreatography)

An ERCP uses an endoscope and x-rays to make

pictures of the inside of the body. For this test, the

endoscope will be inserted through your mouth

and guided down your throat and stomach to the

duodenum. Next, a thinner tube called a catheter will

be passed through the middle of the endoscope. The

catheter will be used to inject a contrast dye into the

pancreatic and bile ducts.

See Figure 5.

Then, an x-ray machine will take pictures. The

contrast dye allows the pancreatic and bile ducts to

be clearly seen on the x-ray pictures. An ERCP takes

about 30 to 90 minutes. For this test, your doctor will

first give you a sedative. The sedative will make you

feel relaxed or sleepy. After the test, your throat may

feel sore and you may feel bloated.

Figure 5.

ERCP

For this test, the

endoscope will be

inserted through

your mouth and

guided down

your throat and

stomach to the

duodenum.

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