2.2% of upper abdominal CT exams and 19.6% of MRI exams report a pancreatic cystic lesion that may be malignant and need follow-up or intervention.

When incidental pancreatic cystic lesions are noted in a patient's EMR, are they being followed up with? Or are they walking around with a possibly enlarging pancreatic cystic lesion unaware they are at risk?

Ed’s Cyst Identified

62-year-old male presented to ED with gross hematuria and underwent CT which demonstrated bladder diverticulum, this CT also described an incidental 1.3 cm pancreatic cyst. This patient continued to be active within the health system but no one was made aware of the pancreatic cyst until he was identified via our software 2 years later. The surveillance MRI showed interval growth to 1.6 cm and now the patient is scheduled for FNA.

Patient and Provider Value

Using Discovery360 to manage patients with incidental pancreatic cysts empowers patients to play an active role in their care.

Because these patients often need surveillance over multiple years, the Discovery360 enables nurse navigators to track patients despite health system gaps. It also facilitates documentation specifically related to the pancreatic cyst such as morphology, location, size, presence of high-risk features, growth from prior exam and multiplicity which can  simplify reporting.

Discovery360 Key Benefits:

Illuminate helps integrated care organizations:
  • Improve Patient Outcomes with Targeted and Rapid Follow-up
  • Understand and Manage Progress Towards Organizational Improvement
  • Increase Revenue from Incremental Imaging, Testing, and Surgery
  • Reduce Medico-Legal Risk
Discovery360 is a multi-phase workflow solution that powers the identification, follow-up, and coordination of treatment for at-risk patients.

Increased use of cross-sectional imaging has led to increased detection of such cysts in recent years. The estimated number of pancreatic cysts in the U.S. population between 40 and 84 years old is 3,428,874, with an overall cyst prevalence of 2.5%.

Benefits Across the Healthcare Organization

Benefits Across the Healthcare Organization

“The incidental finding of a pancreatic cystic lesion in a radiology report is common and the recommendation for follow-up or intervention is complicated by the patient's age and characteristics of the cyst. A tool to identify the cysts and separate them by age and suspicious features would be useful for my patients and my practice.”

Mark Perry, MD

Associate Professor of Radiology at KUMC and Section Head of Oncologic Imaging


  • Identify patients with early-stage, treatable cancer to improve their clinical outcome
  • We can help shorten the time for a patient to receive a diagnosis and treatment


  • Reinforce their role in both diagnosing and capturing incidental findings and ensuring follow-up imaging is performed


  • Streamlines and simplifies referrals to specialist.
  • Integrates into current state workflow to support efficiency for providers.


  • Increased downstream revenue from oncology, surgery, and radiation oncology


Further establish your hospital as being:

  • Proactive in maximizing patient care
  • Mitigating medical legal risk
  • Eliminating potential professional liability claims from missed diagnoses

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