Pancreas Medical Tests
- Pancreas biopsy: Either using a needle through the skin or a surgical procedure, a small piece of pancreas tissue is removed to look for cancer or other conditions.
- Ultrasound: A probe is placed on the belly, and harmless sound waves create images by reflecting off the pancreas and other organs.
- Amylase and lipase: Blood tests showing elevated levels of these pancreatic enzymes can suggest pancreatitis.
- Sweat chloride test: A painless electric current stimulates the skin to sweat, and the chloride in perspiration is measured. People with cystic fibrosis often have high sweat chloride levels.
- Genetic testing: Many different mutations of a single gene can cause cystic fibrosis. Genetic testing can help identify if an adult is an unaffected carrier or if a child will develop cystic fibrosis.