Solid Pancreatic Masses

  • Alec J. Megibow
Part of the Medical Radiology book series (MEDRAD)


There is a wide variety of solid neoplasms that affect the pancreas. The vast majority of them will be ductal adenocarcinoma and neuroendocrine tumors. MSCT has significantly increased both the detection and improved preoperative staging of pancreatic adenocarcinoma. Volume acquisitions facilitate the creation of high-quality 3D images that provide superior depiction of peripancreatic extension of disease allowing appropriate therapeutic decision making; however pancreas specific multiphase MSCT protocols are required to achieve these results. Additionally, multiphase MSCT has increased the detection of small neuroendocrine tumors. Finally, although there are several much more unusual pancreatic tumors, both primary and secondary that may be infrequently encountered in clinical practice, a more detailed discussion of metastases to the pancreas and non-neoplastic focal pancreatic masses is offered.


Pancreatic Cancer Chronic Pancreatitis Pancreatic Adenocarcinoma National Comprehensive Cancer Network Main Pancreatic Duct 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.NYU-Langone Medical CenterNew YorkUSA

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