MRI of pancreatic cystic lesions

Author(s): Dr Tobi Meadows, Sadiq Usman, Jennifer Newman, Dr Joshua Shur

Hospital: Royal Marsden Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

Reference: RAD Magazine, 49, 574, 15-16


Pancreatic cystic lesions (PCL) are common, demonstrated on MRI in up to 49% of the healthy population in one prospective series. They are mostly incidentally detected lesions.

Characterising PCLs is important as, while most are benign, some lesions have malignant potential and may require surveillance, endoscopic ultrasound (EUS) with fine needle aspiration (FNA), and occasionally surgery.

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