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Indian Journal of Medical and Paediatric Oncology
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Year : 2005  |  Volume : 26  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 36-41

Imaging in carcinoma of the gallbladder


Department of Radiodiagnosis All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi-110029, India

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R Shankar
Department of Radiodiagnosis All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi-110029, India

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Carcinoma of the gallbladder (Ca GB) is, a common malignancy in North India. Most patients have an advanced disease at the first presentation. Imaging plays a pivotal role in selecting the patients for surgical resection and in planning palliative procedures in unresectable patients. Modalities used in evaluation are Ultrasound (USG), Computed tomography (CT), and Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). In this review, the role of USG, CT and MRI is emphasized upon. The patterns of CA GB, its local and distant spread are discussed. The recent advances in CT and MRI techniques are noted. The criteria for unresectability in a patients with Ca GB elaborated and finally, a brief note is made on the palliative therapies that improve the quality of life in patients with unresectable disease.


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