Three patients were dropped to follow-up, said Dr. Semelka. ‘No patient with a report interpreted as normal was subsequently found to have pancreatic cancer tumor,’ he added. ‘We are now dealing with our internists to detect this disease previously,’ stated Dr. Semelka. ‘We are encouraging them to refer their patients for a 3D MRI evaluation if a patient has severe mid-abdominal discomfort not described by a back problem, sudden development of diabetes and/or sudden advancement of jaundice. Radiologists who are reading 3D MR pictures of individuals with abdominal pain should also search for pancreatic cancer also if the patient didn’t have the examination for that purpose,’ he said.
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