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Is it possible to see all three surfaces of the pancreas in one picture?

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Due to advances in pancreatic imaging during the 1980s, radiologists are now able to obtain three-dimensional images of the pancreas, allowing all sides of the pancreas to be imaged, explain Chaudhary and Bano in the Indian Journal Endocrinology and Metabolism. The development of helical CT scanners allowed for this advancement.

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Helical CT scanners, also known as spiral CT scanners, produce thee-dimensional images of the pancreas by scanning smaller sections of tissue than earlier versions of CT scanners, state Chaudhary and Bano in the Indian Journal Endocrinology and Metabolism. Early CT scanners were only able to scan slices of tissue with a thickness of 10 millimeters, but helical CT scanners are able to scan slices as small as 1 to 2 millimeters.

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