MRI and MRCP for Diagnosis and Staging of Pancreatic Cancer

  • Priya R. Healey
Reference work entry


Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) has conventionally taken a secondary role to CT in the staging of pancreatic adenocarcinoma. It has been used for the evaluation of the pancreas in equivocal CT findings, in patients who are unable to have iodinated contrast media or to avoid using ionizing radiation.

However, MRI is particularly useful for the assessment of small pancreatic lesions, differentiating benign from malignant pancreatic lesions, and the assessment of cystic pancreatic masses, and has an invaluable role in the preoperative assessment prior to enucleation surgery. This chapter will cover the MRI sequences used for the diagnosis and staging of pancreatic neoplasms, the advantages and disadvantages of MRI, and will describe the mimics of pancreatic cancer, and other pancreatic neoplasms.


MRI pancreatic carcinoma Diffusion weighted imaging pancreatic carcinoma MRI staging pancreatic carcinoma MRI mimics pancreatic carcinoma MRI technique for imaging pancreatic carcinoma 



Mr Mark Jones,

Superintendent MRI Radiographer

Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen University Hospital Trust

Dr R. Albazaz,

Consultant Radiologist

Leeds Teaching Hospital NHS trust


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen University Hospital TrustLiverpoolUK

Section editors and affiliations

  • James L. Abbruzzese
    • 1
  • Raul Urrutia
    • 2
  • John P. Neoptolemos
    • 3
    • 4
    • 5
  • M. W. Büchler
    • 6
  • Th. Hackert
    • 7
  1. 1.Duke University Medical CenterDurhamUSA
  2. 2.GI Research Unit, Mayo ClinicRochesterUSA
  3. 3.Department of SurgeryThe Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen University Hospitals NHS TrustLiverpoolUK
  4. 4.Department of Molecular and Clinical Cancer Medicine, Institute of Translational MedicineUniversity of LiverpoolLiverpoolUK
  5. 5.NIHR Pancreas Biomedical Research Unit, Department of Molecular and Clinical Cancer MedicineUniversity of LiverpoolLiverpoolUK
  6. 6.Department of General, Visceral and Transplantation SurgeryHeidelberg University HospitalHeidelbergGermany
  7. 7.Department of General, Visceral and Transplantation SurgeryHeidelberg University HospitalHeidelbergGermany

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