The pancreas is a gland located behind the stomach that plays a key part in the digestive process. The pancreas secretes digestive enzymes into the small intestine in order to break down food. It also releases insulin and glucagon; two hormones that help the body process food into energy. Insulin helps the body use sugars for energy.
The pancreas, like most organs of the body, can develop tumors. Some of these are benign and cause no problems. However, some benign tumors can secrete hormones which, when present in high levels, have a detrimental effect. This screening detects possible tumors and other abnormalities in your pancreas.
This screening uses an ultrasound device that utilizes sound waves to produce an image of the organ and other structures. The result of this treatment will identify the possible need to consult your doctor if you are at risk.