Diagnosis of acute pancreatitis by diffusion-weighted magnetic resonance imaging

Tatar I. G. , Aydin H., Yilmaz K. B. , Hekimoglu B.

TURKISH JOURNAL OF SURGERY, vol.31, no.1, pp.42-43, 2015 (Journal Indexed in ESCI) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 31 Issue: 1
  • Publication Date: 2015
  • Doi Number: 10.5152/ucd.2014.2475
  • Page Numbers: pp.42-43
  • Keywords: Acute pancreatitis, magnetic resonance imaging, diffusion-weighted magnetic resonance imaging, PREGNANCY


Diffusion-weighted magnetic resonance imaging has emerged as a successful technique in the early diagnosis of acute pancreatitis. An 82-year-old male patient suspected of acute pancreatitis refused to undergo intravenous contrast-enhanced abdominal computed tomography due to a history of previous allergic reactions to contrast medium. He was imaged with diffusion-weighted magnetic resonance imaging without the use of oral or intravenous contrast material. Diffuse hyperintensity in the pancreas with a relevant apparent diffusion coefficient map showing diffuse hypointensity was demonstrated. The findings were interpreted as restricted diffusion and were diagnostic for acute pancreatitis. Diffusion-weighted magnetic resonance imaging, an imaging modality that does not involve ionizing radiation and does not require the use of contrast material, can successfully demonstrate the manifestations of acute pancreatitis.