Computed Tomography of Pancreatic Masses

Balthazar, Emil J.; Chako, Alexander C.
April 1990
American Journal of Gastroenterology;Apr1990, Vol. 85 Issue 4, p343
Academic Journal
High resolution sequential bolus dynamic computed tomography (CT) has become the modality of choice for the diagnosis, evaluation, and staging of pancreatic masses. The reliable visualization of the pancreatic gland by CT allows detection of small pancreatic masses, as well as accurate morphologic characterization and preoperative staging. Although CT has proven to he the most accurate imaging modality for the detection and diagnosis of pancreatic masses, the presumptive pathologic diagnosis should always he confirmed by appropriate biopsy and histologic examination. The other imaging modalities now play a secondary or accessory role, and are used mainly when the CT examination is equivocal or nondiagnostic.


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