Focal fatty infiltration in the head of the pancreas: Evaluation with multidetector computed tomography with multiplanar reformation imaging

Satomi Kawamoto, Stanley S. Siegelman, David A. Bluemke, Ralph H. Hruban, Elliot K. Fishman

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Abstract

Fatty infiltration of the pancreas is generally a diffuse process; however, it may be unevenly distributed in the pancreas. Focal fatty infiltration of the pancreas is usually most prominent in the anterior aspect of the head of the pancreas and seen as a region of decreased attenuation on computed tomography and may simulate pancreatic neoplasm. We discuss and illustrate the various features of focal fatty infiltration of the pancreas on multidetector row helical computed tomography with multiplanar reformation images and show how this imaging modality helps to differentiate between focal fatty infiltration of the pancreas and actual pancreatic tumors.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)90-95
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of computer assisted tomography
Volume33
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 2009

Keywords

  • Focal fatty infiltration
  • Multidetector CT
  • Multiplanar reformation imaging
  • Pancreas

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging

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