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Why would it not be practical to use CT scans to detect pancreatic cancer?

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Dr. Douglas Miller
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In brief: Size, detectability

Ct scans will indeed show the mass of a pancreatic cancer once it reaches a certain size, but most cases are advanced by the time the primary tumor is large enough to see on a ct scan.
So it isn't a question of "practicality", but one of what the ct is useful for. It can't be relied upon as a screening tool (plus it involves radiation exposure).

In brief: Size, detectability

Ct scans will indeed show the mass of a pancreatic cancer once it reaches a certain size, but most cases are advanced by the time the primary tumor is large enough to see on a ct scan.
So it isn't a question of "practicality", but one of what the ct is useful for. It can't be relied upon as a screening tool (plus it involves radiation exposure).
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