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Anat Rec (Hoboken). 2012 Mar;295(3):465-73. doi: 10.1002/ar.22420. Epub 2012 Jan 26.

Whole-mount imaging demonstrates hypervascularity of the pancreatic ducts and other pancreatic structures.

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Division of Pediatric General and Thoracic Surgery, Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, One Children Hospital Drive, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA.


Confocal microscopy in combination with commercial software is frequently used to generate three-dimensional images of tissue architecture. Here we report a novel, whole-mount imaging protocol technique that allows detailed three-dimensional imaging of adult pancreatic structures. This technique provides an improved appreciation of the anatomical detail of pancreatic structures and of the relationship between the pancreatic ducts and islets. In addition, imaging of the pancreatic ducts revealed a previously unappreciated high degree of hypervascularity.

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