[MR imaging of the pancreas]

J Radiol. 2007 Jan;88(1 Pt 1):11-25. doi: 10.1016/s0221-0363(07)89785-x.
[Article in French]


Magnetic resonance (MR) imaging of the pancreas has undergone a major change because it can provide noninvasive images of the pancreatic ducts and the parenchyma. MR cholangiopancreatography (MRCP) enables detection of anatomic variants such as pancreas divisum. Although contrast material-enhanced CT is still considered the gold standard in acute pancreatitis and for the detection of calcifications in chronic pancreatitis, MR imaging and secretin-enhanced MRCP are useful in evaluating pseudocysts and pancreatic disruption. The role of MR is still debated in pancreatic neoplasms except the cystic lesions where MR imaging provides critical information regarding the lesion's content and a possible communication with the pancreatic ducts. MRCP and MR of the pancreas are also useful in identifying other pancreatic diseases such as lymphoplasmocytic pancreatitis and groove pancreatitis.

Publication types

  • English Abstract
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Acute Disease
  • Humans
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging*
  • Pancreas / abnormalities
  • Pancreas / pathology
  • Pancreatic Diseases / diagnosis*
  • Pancreatic Neoplasms / diagnosis
  • Pancreatitis / diagnosis