A pilot study of safety and efficacy of spectroscopic diagnosis of pancreatic lesions (Spy Panc)


The objective of this study is to determine if a minimally invasive optical probe can accurately predict a histological diagnosis of dysplastic or malignant tumor cells in solid lesions of the pancreas. If effective, this optical probe would facilitate the detection of malignant and pre-malignant pancreatic lesions. This would lead to more accurate decision-making as to which patients require surgical resection versus patients who should be spared from major surgery.

Keywords: pancreas, pancreatic lesions, pancreatic cancer, colon, colon cancer

Study Sites

USC/Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center 90033

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  • Men & Women
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What's involved?

Study length
  • 1 visit

Number of visits
  • 1

  • None

  • Endoscopic ultrasound/Fine-needle aspiration

  • None

Medical cost coverage
  • All tests and procedures provided to you for this study are being paid for by the sponsor.

Why participate?

Medical advances are impossible without volunteers.


Must have

  • Must be scheduled to undergo endoscopic ultrasound/fine-needle aspiration of the solid pancreatic lesion

Can't have

  • None

About This Study

Light-based technologies have been shown to be safe and effective for the detection of neoplasia in the colon and esophagus. A team of researchers at USC is currently using light-scattering spectroscopy (LSS) in an IRB-approved prospective study in the lower gastrointestinal tract.

Study Team

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