Imaging Correlation

  • Marie-Pierre Vullierme
  • Enrico Martone


Ultrasonography (US), multidetector computed tomography (MDCT) and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) often represent complementary imaging modalities, covering different roles in diagnosing focal or diffuse disease. US is an increasingly powerful imaging technique especially after intravenous injection of contrast agent for lesion characterization or with endoscopic approach for lesion detection. MDCT is still the modality of choice in studying solid tumors, and is mandatory for achieving adequate preoperative staging. On the other hand, MRI is the criterion standard for accurately evaluating both the ductal system and cystic lesions. Therefore, US and contrast-enhanced US (CEUS) could be seen to be at the center in choosing between MDCT and MRI, if a lesion is detected especially given that US is very often the first-line examination. This chapter provides a diagnostic algorithm based on US findings, and also discusses both the advantages and disadvantages of the US study compared to the other imaging modalities.


Chronic Pancreatitis Cystic Lesion Main Pancreatic Duct Intraductal Papillary Mucinous Neoplasm Pancreatic Lesion 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of RadiologyBeaujon HospitalClichy, ParisFrance
  2. 2.Department of RadiologyG.B. Rossi University HospitalVeronaItaly

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