Two observers independently assessed the conventional MRI images versus the MRI with DWI images, using CT as the reference standard at least six months after MRI. The MRI with DWI images showed higher sensitivity, with no difference in specificity, in detecting local recurrence after PDAC resection, the study concluded.
Based on those results, the use of MRI with DWI may play an important role in helping health care providers identify recurrent pancreatic cancer at an earlier stage.
“MRI with DWI as a problem-solving tool during postoperative surveillance after PDAC resection could facilitate earlier detection of recurrences”, the study authors added:“leading prognostic assessment and treatment decisions.”
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1. Shin, Nari; Kang, Tae Wook; Min, Ji-hye; et al. Usefulness of diffusion weighted MRI for detection of locally recurrent pancreatic cancer after surgical resection† American Journal of X-rays. May 25, 2022. DOI: 10.2214/AJR.22.27739
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