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How is positron emission tomography used for the diagnosis of pancreatic cancer?

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During a positron emission tomography scan, radioactive glucose injected into the veins is absorbed by cancer cells. The scans help determine whether or not the cancer has spread.

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American Cancer Society web site: "Detailed Guide: Pancreatic Cancer."

National Cancer Institute: "Islet Cell Tumors."

Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on July 24, 2017

SOURCES:

American Cancer Society web site: "Detailed Guide: Pancreatic Cancer."

National Cancer Institute: "Islet Cell Tumors."

Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on July 24, 2017

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