Role of abdominal ultrasound for the surveillance follow-up of pancreatic cystic neoplasms: a cost-effective safe alternative to the routine use of magnetic resonance imaging
Luca Morelli, Simone Guadagni, Gregorio Di Franco, Matteo Palmeri, Niccolò Furbetta, Giulio Di Candio, General Surgery Unit, Department of Surgery, Translational and New Technologies in Medicine, University of Pisa, Pisa 56124, Italy
Luca Morelli, Franco Mosca, EndoCAS (Center for Computer Assisted Surgery), University of Pisa, Pisa 56124, Italy
Valerio Borrelli, Roberta Pisano, Alessandro Campatelli, Diagnostic and Interventional Ultrasound in Transplants Unit, Azienda Ospedaliero-Universitaria Pisana, Pisa 56124, Italy
Dario Gambaccini, Santino Marchi, Gastroenterology Unit, University of Pisa, Pisa 56124, Italy
Piero Boraschi, 2nd Radiology Unit, Department of Diagnostic Imaging, Azienda Ospedaliero-Universitaria Pisana, Pisa 56124, Italy
Luca Bastiani, Institute of Clinical Physiology, National Council of Research, Pisa 56124, Italy
Author contributions: Morelli L, Guadagni S, Di Franco G, Palmeri M, Furbetta N, Marchi S, Boraschi P, Mosca F and Di Candio G designed research; Morelli L, Guadagni S, Borrelli V, Pisano R, Furbetta N, Gambaccini D, Bastiani L, Campatelli A and Di Candio G performed research; Morelli L, Palmeri M, Di Franco G and Bastiani L analyzed data; Morelli L, Guadagni S, Borrelli V, Pisano R, Di Franco G, Palmeri M, Furbetta N, Gambaccini D, Marchi S, Boraschi P, Campatelli A, Mosca F and Di Candio G wrote the paper.
Institutional review board statement: The study was approved by Ethics committee of “Area Vasta Nord Ovest (CEAVNO)”.
Informed consent statement: All patients signed an informed consent to authorize the scientific use of the collected data.
Conflict-of-interest statement: No conflict of interest.
Data sharing statement: No additional data are available.
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Corresponding author: Luca Morelli, MD, FACS, Associate Professor, General Surgery Unit, Department of Surgery, Translation and New Technologies in Medicine, University of Pisa, Via Paradisa 2, Pisa 56124, Italy. firstname.lastname@example.org
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Received: December 13, 2018
Peer-review started: December 13, 2018
First decision: December 28, 2018
Revised: January 27, 2019
Accepted: January 28, 2019
Article in press: January 28, 2019
Published online: May 14, 2019