Primary Outcome Measures:
- Pancreas PET-CT can differentiate duct involved IPMN with malignancy from duct involved IPMN without malignancy. [ Time Frame: Six months ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
Duct involved intraductal papillary mucinous neoplasm is associated with a 35-70% (particularly involving the main duct) incidence of malignancy. Current guidelines recommend pancreatic resection for fit patients with main or branch duct involved IPMN. Pancreatic resection can be associated with morbidity and mortality. Reliable tests or biomarkers accurately differentiating non-malignant from malignant duct involved IPMN are non-existent. Test or biomarkers differentiating duct involved from duct uninvolved IPMN are also inaccurate. Patients with suspected duct IPMN with symptoms have a higher chance of associated malignancy. These findings are not specific for malignant IPMN so, if relied on, they would results in missed malignancies as well as potentially unnecessary operations in a significant percentage of patients. PET scanning has been studied retrospectively and purported to be a highly reliable indicator og high grade dysplasia and/or invasive cancer in patients with IPMN. Thus, PET could represent a future standard of care by some authorities in the work-up of patients with IPMN. This proposal seeks to prove the hypothesis that pancreas PET-CT can differentiate duct involved IPMN with malignancy from duct involved IPMN without malignancy.