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The ultrasound may be performed using an external or internal device:
Transabdominal ultrasound: The doctor places an ultrasound device on the abdomen to create the image of the pancreas.
Endoscopic ultrasound (EUS): The doctor inserts an endoscope, a small, flexible tube with an ultrasound device at the tip, through the mouth and stomach, and into the small intestine. As the doctor slowly withdraws the endoscope, images of the pancreas and other organs are made. Learn more about endoscopic ultrasound.
Clinical trials are research studies that evaluate a new medical approach, device, drug, or other treatment. As a Stanford Health Care patient, you may have access to the latest, advanced clinical trials.
Open trials refer to studies currently accepting participants. Closed trials are not currently enrolling, but may open in the future.