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November 29, 1965

Diagnosis of Pancreatic Carcinoma by Photoscanning

Author Affiliations

From the Department of Internal Medicine and the Nuclear Medicine Service, University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston. Dr. Burdine is presently with the Austin (Tex) Diagnostic Clinic. Dr. Haynie is with the University of Texas M. D. Anderson Hospital and Tumor Institute, Houston.

JAMA. 1965;194(9):979-983. doi:10.1001/jama.1965.03090220035009

Pancreas scintiscanning with selenomethionine Se 75 and the photoscanner was employed in the study of 29 patients suspected of having pancreatic disease. In six of these patients, abnormalities ranging from localized defects to nonvisualization were encountered and subsequently proved to be caused by pancreatic adenocarcinoma. In four of these six cases, the pancreas scan was the only diagnostic test clearly implicating the pancreas as the source of difficulty. Due to the somewhat limited experience with this technique, pancreas scanning would be performed and the scintiscans interpreted with caution. These cases do demonstrate that the procedure can be a useful adjunct in the diagnosis of pancreatic carcinoma.