Endoscopic Ultrasonography of the Pancreas


Endoscopic ultrasonography (EUS) joins a high frequency (5–20 MHz) US transducer to a flexible endoscope. In contrast to transabdominal US, EUS provides a high-resolution view of the pancreatic parenchyma because of the close proximity of the probe to the gland without interference from bowel gas or fat tissue, and it is one of the most accurate methods for diagnosing and staging pancreatic diseases. Indeed, EUS is the most sensitive technique for the detection of lesions to screen subjects who are at high risk of developing pancreatic cancer, showing a sensitivity of 93% compared to magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) (81%) and computed tomography (CT) (27%) [1].


Pancreatic Cancer Chronic Pancreatitis Main Pancreatic Duct Intraductal Papillary Mucinous Tumor Minor Criterion 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of GastroenterologyMaggiore HospitalCremaItaly
  2. 2.Department of EndoscopyEuropean Institute of Oncology (IEO)MilanItaly

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