Gastrointestinal Radiology

, Volume 9, Issue 1, pp 231–234 | Cite as

Fine-needle biopsy of the pancreas using real-time ultrasonography

  • Antonio Martínez
  • Martín Velasco
  • José Cáceres


Percutaneous fine-needle biopsy of the pancreas by real-time ultrasonography was performed in 45 patients with suspected pancreatic carcinoma. True-positive diagnoses were obtained in 27 cases, 11 examinations yielded true-negative results, 3 results were false-negative, 2 were equivocal, and 2 samples were inadequate.

The overall success rate was 84.4%. No false-positive cytologic diagnoses were made. Complications were not seen in any of the patients.

The results confirm the effectiveness, safety, and relatively low cost of this procedure.

Key words

Fine-needle biopsy Pancreas, ultrasound (real-time) 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Antonio Martínez
    • 1
  • Martín Velasco
    • 1
  • José Cáceres
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Diagnostic Radiology, Hospital de St. PauUniversidad AutónomaBarcelonaSpain

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