Sonographic diagnosis of pancreatic islet cell tumor: value of intermittent harmonic imaging

J Clin Ultrasound. 2001 Sep;29(7):411-6. doi: 10.1002/jcu.1058.


We describe a case of nonfunctioning islet cell tumor of the pancreas diagnosed preoperatively by intermittent harmonic power Doppler imaging and digital subtraction gray-scale harmonic imaging and the use of the contrast agent SH U 508A (Levovist). Hypervascularity and tumor perfusion were clearly demonstrated with both harmonic imaging techniques in the early arterial phase. Sonographic findings were confirmed by other modalities and by histopathologic examination.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Adenoma, Islet Cell / diagnostic imaging*
  • Aged
  • Diagnosis, Differential
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Image Interpretation, Computer-Assisted*
  • Pancreatic Neoplasms / diagnostic imaging*
  • Preoperative Care
  • Ultrasonography