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The diagnosis of pancreatic disease continues to be a difficult problem in clinical medicine, but is much easier than it used to be. Consider the advances of the past decade. Before 1970 there were no imaging techniques with which the pancreas could be seen. Now there are several imaging procedures—some would say too many. Unfortunately, the pace of the development of investigative techniques has not been matched by any break-through for the treatment of acute or chronic pancreatitis or pancreatic cancer. Paradoxically, although pancreatic disease is easier to diagnose, its outcome has not been altered.
Nevertheless, practitioners of almost all
Radiology of the Pancreas.. Ann Intern Med. ;99:141–142. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-99-1-141_4
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1983;99(1):141-142.
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