Positron Emission Tomography Imaging of Pancreatic Cancer

  • Saravanan Kokila Krishnamoorthy Columbia University Medical Center. New York, NY, USA
  • Sachin Jambawaliker Columbia University Medical Center. New York, NY, USA
  • Muhammad Wasif Saif Tufts University School of Medicine. Boston, MA, USA
Keywords: Pancreatic Neoplasms, Positron-Emission Tomography


Positron emission tomography (PET) using 18F-fluorodeoxyglucose (FDG) is increasingly used for the staging of solid malignancies, including lung and esophagus. However, controversy still exists in relation to the application of PET in pancreatic cancer. The authors review seven studies (Abstracts #183, #189, #190, #254, #357, #375, #378) presented at the 2014 ASCO Gastrointestinal Cancers Symposium and discuss on the role of PET in this disease. As the limitations of the Response Evaluation Criteria In Solid Tumors (RECIST) continue to become evident, FDG-PET may identify changes in the metabolic activity within pancreatic adenocarcinoma, and can provide both diagnostic and prognostic information.

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Author Biography

Saravanan Kokila Krishnamoorthy, Columbia University Medical Center. New York, NY, USA
Assistant Professor of Radiology, Department of Radiology, Columbia University, New York, NY


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How to Cite
KrishnamoorthyS., JambawalikerS., & SaifM. (2014). Positron Emission Tomography Imaging of Pancreatic Cancer. JOP. Journal of the Pancreas, 15(2), 124-127. https://doi.org/10.6092/1590-8577/2326
Highlights from the “2014 ASCO Gastrointestinal Cancers Symposium”. San Francisco, CA, USA. January 16-18, 2014

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