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Advances of MRI in evaluating the efficacy of neoadjuvant therapy for pancreatic cancer
FU Qinglin  CHEN Jie 

Cite this article as: FU Q L, CHEN J. Advances of MRI in evaluating the efficacy of neoadjuvant therapy for pancreatic cancer[J]. Chin J Magn Reson Imaging, 2023, 14(10): 177-182. DOI:10.12015/issn.1674-8034.2023.10.032.

[Abstract] Neoadjuvant treatment (NAT) improves the possibility of radical resection of pancreatic cancer and can help improve patient outcomes. However, the efficacy of NAT varies greatly among patients due to individual differences. Early and accurate evaluations of the efficacy of NAT has become one of the hotspots in pancreatic cancer. MRI, which can non-invasively evaluate the therapy response, indirectly reflects the changes of tumor cells and microenvironments from a anatomy and function and makes up for the insufficiency of other imaging techniques. This paper reviews the current status of conventional MRI and functional MRI techniques, including diffusion weighted imaging, intravoxel incoherent motion, dynamic contrast enhanced MRI, T1 mapping, T2 mapping and PET/MRI, in evaluating NAT efficacy in pancreatic cancer, so as to assist clinical to develop effective diagnosis and treatment strategies. It is convenient for clinicians and researchers to systematically and comprehensively understand the changes of tumor microenvironment caused by NAT in pancreatic cancer and the differences in imaging findings of treatment-related responses. With the development of functional MRI and the advancement of multi-parameter MRI, The MRI based comprehensive sequence evaluation system for pancreatic cancer is expected to be constructed in the future.
[Keywords] pancreatic cancer;pancreatic malignant tumor;magnetic resonance imaging;neoadjuvant treatment;efficacy evaluation;prognosis

FU Qinglin   CHEN Jie*  

Department of Radiology, the Third Affiliated Hospital to Soochow University, Changzhou 213003, China

Corresponding author: CHEN J, E-mail:

Conflicts of interest   None.

ACKNOWLEDGMENTS National Natural Science Foundation of China (No. 81971572).
Received  2023-06-30
Accepted  2023-10-04
DOI: 10.12015/issn.1674-8034.2023.10.032
Cite this article as: FU Q L, CHEN J. Advances of MRI in evaluating the efficacy of neoadjuvant therapy for pancreatic cancer[J]. Chin J Magn Reson Imaging, 2023, 14(10): 177-182. DOI:10.12015/issn.1674-8034.2023.10.032.

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