To illustrate different magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) appearances of the normal pancreas and some findings that could indicate disease,
with emphasis on MRI.
To learn about different conditions that can be easily mistaken for pancreatic tumor.
To learn about different conditions that can be easily mistaken for pancreatic neuroendocrine tumor.
Imaging represents one of the cornerstones of the diagnosis workup of numerous pancreatic diseases. MRI is a highly valuable tool in the imaging of the pancreas. Radiologist familiarity with the normal and variant anatomy of the pancreas and with the most commonly made misdiagnoses is mandatory to avoid them.
A variety of congenital anomalies and pathologic conditions in and around the pancreas may simulate primary pancreatic neoplasia at routine...
Findings and procedure details
NORMAL PANCREAS ANATOMY
The pancreas is a coarsely lobulated gland typically 15–20 cm in length and located in the anterior pararenal space of the retroperitoneum.
The gland can be divided in four parts: head and uncinate process,
body and tail with the mesenteric vessels as a reference point [1-3] (Fig. 1).
The pancreatic head is located within the curve of the duodenum,
to the right of the superior mesenteric vein.
The uncinate process...
Mimics of pancreatic disease,
caused by developmental variants and anomalies,
are commonly encountered on imaging studies.
To differentiate these benign “nontouch” entities from true pancreatic conditions,
radiologists should be familiar with them,
the imaging techniques available to study them,
and their variable imaging presentations.
Some neoplastic and inflammatory diseases can simulate pancreatic adenocarcinoma including neuroendocrine tumor,...
This work comes from the Radiology Department of:
Hospital General Universitari Vall d'Hebron
Vall d'Hebron 119-129
08035 BARCELONA (SPAIN)
e-mail adress of the first and second author:
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