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

F. Vernuccio, A. A. Borhani, M. Dioguardi Burgio*, M. Midiri, A. Furlan, G. Brancatelli

*Corresponding author for this work

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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.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)283-294
Number of pages12
JournalAbdominal Radiology
Issue number2
StatePublished - Feb 1 2016
Externally publishedYes


  • Computed tomography
  • Diagnostic errors
  • Differential diagnosis
  • Magnetic resonance imaging
  • Pancreatic neoplasms

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiological and Ultrasound Technology
  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging
  • Gastroenterology
  • Urology


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