Radiologic assessment of acute and chronic pancreatitis

Surg Clin North Am. 2007 Dec;87(6):1341-58, viii. doi: 10.1016/j.suc.2007.08.005.


The capabilities of various imaging modalities, including CT, MRI, and ultrasound, have markedly increased over recent years. This has translated into improved detection and improved characterization of various pathologic processes. This article discusses the current role of imaging in the evaluation of acute and chronic pancreatitis. CT remains a major focal point in issues related to acute pancreatitis, whereas MRI (and magnetic resonance cholangiopancreatography) plays a larger role in chronic pancreatitis.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Acute Disease
  • Disease Progression
  • Humans
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging
  • Pancreatic Pseudocyst / diagnostic imaging
  • Pancreatitis / diagnostic imaging*
  • Pancreatitis, Acute Necrotizing / diagnostic imaging
  • Pancreatitis, Chronic / diagnostic imaging*
  • Tomography, X-Ray Computed