CT diagnosis and staging of acute pancreatitis

Radiol Clin North Am. 1989 Jan;27(1):19-37.


Computed tomography is the single most important imaging modality in evaluating patients with acute pancreatitis. It has a high sensitivity and specificity in diagnosing "moderate" and "severe" pancreatitis, as well as in detecting serious complications which often are clinically unsuspected. In addition, computed tomography plays a valuable role as an early predictive indicator of disease severity. Patients with extrapancreatic phlegmonous collections and patients with pancreatic necrosis are considered to be at high risk to develop complications.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Acute Disease
  • Humans
  • Pancreatic Diseases / diagnostic imaging
  • Pancreatic Diseases / etiology
  • Pancreatitis / complications
  • Pancreatitis / diagnostic imaging*
  • Tomography, X-Ray Computed*