Ultrasound-guided percutaneous procedures in pancreatic diseases: New techniques and applications

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Ultrasound (US) is not only an important diagnostic tool for the evaluation of the pancreas, but is also a fundamental imaging technique to guide percutaneous interventions for several pancreatic diseases (fluid aspiration and drainage; invasive diagnosis by means fine-needle aspiration and core-needle biopsy; tumour ablation by radiofrequency, microwaves, irreversible electroporation, cryoablation, and high-intensity focused US). Technical improvements, such as contrast media and fusion imaging, have recently increased precision and safety and reduced procedure-related complications. New treatment US techniques for the ablation of pancreatic tumours, such as contrast-enhanced US and multimodality fusion imaging, have been recently developed and have elicited a growing interest worldwide. The purpose of this article was to reviewthemostup-to-dateroleofUSinpercutaneous procedures for pancreatic diseases.




D’onofrio, M., Beleù, A., & De Robertis, R. (2019). Ultrasound-guided percutaneous procedures in pancreatic diseases: New techniques and applications. European Radiology Experimental. Springer Science and Business Media Deutschland GmbH. https://doi.org/10.1186/s41747-018-0081-2

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