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World J Methodol. 2017 Sep 26;7(3):101-107. doi: 10.5662/wjm.v7.i3.101. eCollection 2017 Sep 26.

Pancreatic imaging: Current status of clinical practices and small animal studies.

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Department of Imaging and Pathology, Biomedical Sciences Group, KU Leuven, 3000 Leuven, Belgium.


Different causative factors acting on the pancreas can result in diseases such as pancreatitis, diabetes and pancreatic tumors. The high incidence and mortality of pancreatic diseases have placed diagnostic imaging in a crucial position in daily clinical practice. In this mini-review article different pancreatic imaging techniques are discussed, from the standard clinical imaging modalities and state of the art clinical magnetic resonance imaging techniques to current situations in pre-clinical pancreatic imaging studies. In particular, the challenges of pre-clinical rodent pancreatic imaging are addressed, with both the image acquisition techniques and the post-processing methods for rodent pancreatic imaging elaborated.


3.0T scanner; Pancreatic imaging; Quantitative magnetic resonance imaging; Rats; State of the art clinical magnetic resonance imaging

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Conflict-of-interest statement: The authors declare no potential conflicts of interest.

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