Diffusion-weighted magnetic resonance imaging of the pancreas

Numan Cem Balci, William H. Perman, Sezer Saglam, M. Akisik, Rana Fattahi, Mehmet Bilgin

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Abstract

Diffusion-weighted imaging (DWI) assesses the random motion of the water protons. The technique is more frequently used in body imaging, and recent investigations showed its use in pancreatic imaging. Diffusion-weighted imaging can be helpful as a complementary imaging method in the differentiation between mass-forming focal pancreatitis and pancreatic adenocarcinoma. The apparent diffusion coefficient (ADC) values derived from DWI can distinguish between simple pancreatic cyst, inflammatory cysts, and cystic neoplasms of the pancreas. Presence of parenchymal fibrosis in chronic pancreatitis causes diffusion restriction and results in lower ADC values on baseline DWI. The ADC values reveal either delayed peak after secretin stimulation or lower peak values in patients with early chronic pancreatitis, which may be helpful to depict chronic pancreatitis in its earliest stage. In this paper, we reviewed the technical aspects of DWI and its use in pancreatic imaging.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)43-47
Number of pages5
JournalTopics in Magnetic Resonance Imaging
Volume20
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 2009

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Diffusion Magnetic Resonance Imaging
Pancreas
Chronic Pancreatitis
Pancreatic Cyst
Secretin
Pancreatic Neoplasms
Pancreatitis
Protons
Cysts
Adenocarcinoma
Fibrosis
Water

Keywords

  • Diffusion-weighted imaging
  • MRI
  • Pancreas

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  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging

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Diffusion-weighted magnetic resonance imaging of the pancreas. / Balci, Numan Cem; Perman, William H.; Saglam, Sezer; Akisik, M.; Fattahi, Rana; Bilgin, Mehmet.

In: Topics in Magnetic Resonance Imaging, Vol. 20, No. 1, 02.2009, p. 43-47.

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Balci, Numan Cem ; Perman, William H. ; Saglam, Sezer ; Akisik, M. ; Fattahi, Rana ; Bilgin, Mehmet. / Diffusion-weighted magnetic resonance imaging of the pancreas. In: Topics in Magnetic Resonance Imaging. 2009 ; Vol. 20, No. 1. pp. 43-47.
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