Utilization of Intravascular Ultrasound to Assess Vascular Invasion in Pancreatic Cancer Post Chemoradiation Therapy
Feghali A*, Amankwah K, Goldenberg A, Karmel M and Mendenhall C
State University of New York Upstate Medical University, Syracuse, New York, USA
- Corresponding Author:
- Feghali A
Surgery Resident, State University of New York
Upstate Medical University, 750 East Adams Street
Suite 8141, Syracuse, New York 13210, USA
E-mail: [email protected]
Received date June 13, 2016; Accepted date June 20, 2016; Published date June 28, 2016
Citation: Feghali A, Amankwah K, Goldenberg A, Karmel M, Mendenhall C (2016) Utilization of Intravascular Ultrasound to Assess Vascular Invasion in Pancreatic Cancer Post Chemoradiation Therapy. J Vasc Med Surg 4:275. doi:10.4172/2329-6925.1000275
Copyright: © 2016 Feghali A, et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.
Surgery continues to be the principal treatment for patients with resectable pancreatic cancer. Computer tomography (CT) is the primary modality used to assess the tumor and its involvement with neighboring vasculature to determine resectability. Regrettably, CT as well as many other non-invasive imaging modalities cannot continuously differentiate between vascular invasion and compression. Intravascular ultrasound represents a modality that can be used as an adjunct to delineate tumour vascular involvement. This case represents a first report of IVUS being used post chemoradiation therapy to determine a patient’s candidacy for resection.