Abdominal Radiology

, Volume 41, Issue 2, pp 283–294 | Cite as

Common and uncommon pitfalls in pancreatic imaging: it is not always cancer

  • F. Vernuccio
  • A. A. Borhani
  • M. Dioguardi BurgioEmail author
  • M. Midiri
  • A. Furlan
  • G. Brancatelli
Pictorial Essay


Despite advances in multimodality imaging of pancreas, there is still overlap between imaging findings of several pancreatic/peripancreatic disease processes. Pancreatic and peripancreatic non-neoplastic entities may mimic primary pancreatic neoplasms on ultrasound, CT, and MRI. On the other hand, primary pancreatic cancer may be overlooked on imaging because of technical and inherent factors. The purpose of this pictorial review is to describe and illustrate pancreatic imaging pitfalls and highlight the basic radiological features for proper differential diagnosis.


Pancreatic neoplasms Computed tomography Magnetic resonance imaging Diagnostic errors Differential diagnosis 


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Conflict of interest

Furlan A.: Research Grant with General Electric; Elsevier/Amirsys author. The other authors declare that they have no conflict of interest.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • F. Vernuccio
    • 1
  • A. A. Borhani
    • 2
  • M. Dioguardi Burgio
    • 1
    Email author
  • M. Midiri
    • 1
  • A. Furlan
    • 2
  • G. Brancatelli
    • 1
  1. 1.Section of Radiology -Di.Bi.Med.University of PalermoPalermoItaly
  2. 2.Department of Diagnostic RadiologyUniversity of Pittsburgh Medical CenterPittsburghUSA

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