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Abdom Radiol (NY). 2018 Feb;43(2):393-403. doi: 10.1007/s00261-017-1373-3.

The role of imaging in the clinical practice of radiation oncology for pancreatic cancer.

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1
Department of Radiation Oncology, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, 1515 Holcombe Blvd, MS 97, Houston, TX, 77030, USA. EKoay@mdanderson.org.
2
Department of Radiation Oncology, Medical College of Wisconsin, Madison, WI, USA.
3
Department of Radiation Physics, MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX, USA.
4
Department of Radiation Oncology, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, 1515 Holcombe Blvd, MS 97, Houston, TX, 77030, USA.

Abstract

Advances in technology have enabled the delivery of high doses of radiation therapy for pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma (PDAC) with low rates of toxicity. Although the role of radiation for pancreatic cancer continues to evolve, encouraging results with newer techniques indicate that radiation may benefit selected patient populations. Imaging has been central to the modern successes of radiation therapy for PDAC. Here, we review the role of diagnostic imaging, imaging-based planning, and image guidance in radiation oncology practice for PDAC.

KEYWORDS:

Image guidance; Pancreatic cancer; Radiotherapy; Stereotactic body radiation therapy

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