The success rate for the treatment of pancreatic cancer is highly dependent on early detection. However, there is currently no reliable, cost-effective way to detect pancreatic cancer at an early stage, as MRIs only produce low-resolution images that enable detection of advanced-stage cancer alone.
This invention is a catheter-mounted balloon with copper coils etched or printed on the balloon. The patient swallows the balloon into the stomach, or the balloon is placed in the GI tract by other means. Once placed, the copper coils improve the resolution of the MRI images, enabling clinicians to detect minor changes in the structure of the pancreas that may indicate the presence of cancer.