Ever experience sudden severe abdominal pain which is sharp in nature and radiates to the back? An ultrasound of pancreas can sometimes be a difficult scan to perform depending on the patient size and body habitus, however with proper preparation an efficient ultrasound study can help diagnose various pancreatic disorders.
What is the purpose of the pancreas?
The pancreas is a non-encapsulated organ which is located in the mid epigastric area of the abdomen. The pancreas secretes insulin into the bloodstream to help regulate sugar levels throughout the body. Patients with a history of diabetes, pancreatitis, or abdominal pain should have their pancreas scanned through ultrasound to detect any possible signs of pathology.