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Top Magn Reson Imaging. 2009 Feb;20(1):19-24. doi: 10.1097/RMR.0b013e3181b483f0.

Imaging of the pancreas with secretin enhancement.

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Department of Radiology, University of Indiana School of Medicine, Indianapolis, IN 46202, USA.


Magnetic resonance cholangiopancreatography is a noninvasive imaging technique for evaluation of the pancreatic duct and the biliary tree. Secretin is a polypeptide hormone that has numerous physiological effects, including stimulation of the pancreatic secretion of bicarbonate-rich fluid and transient increase in the tone in the sphincter of Oddi. As a result, secretin administration usually results in distention of the pancreatic duct; therefore, visualization of the pancreatic ductal anatomy is often substantially improved. Awareness of its value by referring clinicians and radiologists will increase its use in the future.

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