Abdominal Radiology

, Volume 44, Issue 3, pp 936–949 | Cite as

MRI evaluation of pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma: diagnosis, mimics, and staging

  • Andrew W. BowmanEmail author
  • Candice W. Bolan
Pictorial essay
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The radiologist’s role in the evaluation of pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma remains critical in the management of this deadly disease. Imaging plays a vital role in the diagnosis and staging of pancreatic cancer. Although CT is more commonly used for staging pancreatic cancer, MR is increasingly playing an important role in this regard. In our institution, all pancreatic malignancies undergo staging with MRI. In this pictoral essay, we illustrate the MR imaging features of pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma and its mimics, and we also discuss pearls and pitfalls in MR staging of pancreatic carcinoma.


Pancreas cancer Adenocarcinoma MRI 



The authors would like to acknowledge Dr. Mellena Bridges for inspiration and Dr. David DiSantis for assistance in manuscript preparation.

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Conflict of interest

The authors declare that they have no conflict of interest.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of RadiologyMayo ClinicJacksonvilleUSA

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