Tests and diagnosis

By Mayo Clinic Staff

Tests and procedures used to diagnose pancreatitis include:

  • Blood tests to look for elevated levels of pancreatic enzymes
  • Stool tests in chronic pancreatitis to measure levels of fat that could suggest your digestive system isn't absorbing nutrients adequately
  • Computerized tomography (CT) scan to look for gallstones and assess the extent of pancreas inflammation
  • Abdominal ultrasound to look for gallstones and pancreas inflammation
  • Endoscopic ultrasound to look for inflammation and blockages in the pancreatic duct or bile duct
  • Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) to look for abnormalities in the gallbladder, pancreas and ducts

Your doctor may recommend other tests, depending on your particular situation.

Sep. 07, 2013