MSCT Imaging of Acute and Chronic Pancreatitis

  • Shelby Fishback
  • David H. Kim
  • Perry J. Pickhardt
Part of the Medical Radiology book series (MEDRAD)


Multi-slice computed tomography (MSCT) has improved evaluation in a variety of abdominal applications over the older single slice era. Multi-slice technology allows for large volumetric acquisition of data which in turn leads to faster imaging with thinner collimation during optimal contrast enhancement. Regarding the pancreas, it has allowed improved depiction of this gland and the various processes that can affect it. For example, whereas the development of pancreatic necrosis complicating acute pancreatitis may have been less apparent with single slice scanner protocols, MSCT can more accurately detect this important complication for confident diagnosis by the interpreting radiologist. This chapter discusses the current capabilities and role of MSCT imaging in the evaluation of acute and chronic pancreatitis. In particular, the manner in which MSCT integrates within the clinical evaluation to affect management for acute pancreatitis will be stressed. In addition, autoimmune pancreatitis and the evolving views of this disease process will be covered.


Acute Pancreatitis Chronic Pancreatitis Main Pancreatic Duct Pancreatic Necrosis Necrotizing Pancreatitis 
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Acute pancreatic/peripancreatic fluid collections


Post necrotic pancreatic/peripancreatic fluid collections


Infected necrosis and walled off pancreatic necrosis


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Shelby Fishback
    • 1
  • David H. Kim
    • 1
  • Perry J. Pickhardt
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of RadiologyUniversity of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public HealthMadisonUSA

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