Imaging findings of recurrent pancreatic cancer following resection

S. Javadi, N. Karbasian, P. Bhosale, S. de Castro Faria, O. Le, M. H. Katz, E. J. Koay, E. P. Tamm

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Pancreatic cancer is a challenging malignancy to treat, largely due to aggressive regional involvement, early systemic dissemination, high recurrence rate, and subsequent low patient survival. Generally, 15–20% of newly diagnosed pancreatic cancers are candidates for possible curative resection. Eighty percent of these patients, however, will experience locoregional or distant recurrence in first 2 years. Although there is no strong evidence-based guideline for optimal surveillance after pancreatic cancer resection, careful comparison of surveillance follow-up multi-detector CT (MDCT) studies with a postoperative baseline MDCT examination aids detection of early recurrent pancreatic cancer. In this review article, we describe imaging findings suggestive of recurrent pancreatic cancer and review routine and alternative imaging options.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)489-496
Number of pages8
JournalAbdominal Radiology
Issue number2
StatePublished - Feb 1 2018


  • Dual-energy perfusion CT
  • MRI
  • Multi-detector CT
  • PET/CT
  • Recurrent pancreatic cancer

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiological and Ultrasound Technology
  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging
  • Gastroenterology
  • Urology


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