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Imaging Pancreatic Cancer

Ask the Doctor: Why Johns Hopkins?

Elliot Fishman, M.D.

When I look at the advantages Johns Hopkins offers patients over other institutions, I highlight the people, the equipment and the experience. Our radiologists are among the best in the world: We have years of experience in developing, using and publishing studies on imaging techniques like computed tomography used in the diagnosis of pancreatic cancer; we developed three-dimensional imaging, a technology quickly adopted by other leading academic medical centers; and I served on the committee that developed new criteria for staging pancreatic cancer.

I’m also fortunate to work in a place that has continual access to the newest imaging equipment. For example, we are currently one of only two centers in the world to use a new CT machine that requires only a fraction of the radiation dose used by other systems to scan even the tiniest anatomical details faster than ever before. Machines like this allow us to acquire the most detailed, accurate anatomical information possible.

Our radiologists have the diagnostic experience to best read the state-of-the-art images gathered by such machines. We then work closely with surgeons and oncologists to recommend the best treatment plan possible for each patient.


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