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The advances of MRI in the clinical pathway of acute pancreatitis
XIAO Ran  XUE Huadan 

Cite this article as: Xiao R, Xue HD. The advances of MRI in the clinical pathway of acute pancreatitis[J]. Chin J Magn Reson Imaging, 2022, 13(1): 164-166. DOI:10.12015/issn.1674-8034.2022.01.039.

[Abstract] Acute pancreatitis is a common clinical acute abdomen with local and systematic complications. According to clinical manifestations and prognosis, the revised Atlanta classification defines three degrees of severity: mild acute pancreatitis, moderately severe acute pancreatitis, and severe acute pancreatitis. In recent years, incidence rate of acute pancreatitis increases gradually and mortality is relatively high in severe acute pancreatitis. Computed tomography, ultrasound and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) are common radiological technologies in acute pancreatitis clinically. Owing to multiple imaging parameters, MRI has excellent soft tissue contrast resolution and good evaluation capability of biliary and pancreatic duct. Despite the application in morphology, advanced MR techniques such as diffusion-weighted imaging and radiomics, help uncover underlying changes of pancreas and imaging biomarkers for classification and prognosis. Numerous studies use MRI to explore various factors related to the severity and prognosis of acute pancreatitis. The purpose of this article is to review the application advances of MRI in acute pancreatitis in recent years.
[Keywords] acute pancreatitis;magnetic resonance imaging;diagnosis;local complications;severity;prognosis

XIAO Ran   XUE Huadan*  

Department of Radiology, State Key Laboratory of Complex Severe and Rare Diseases, Peking Union Medical College Hospital, Chinese Academy of Medical Science and Peking Union Medical College, Beijing 100730, China.

Xue HD, E-mail:

Conflicts of interest   None.

Received  2021-09-06
Accepted  2021-12-31
DOI: 10.12015/issn.1674-8034.2022.01.039
Cite this article as: Xiao R, Xue HD. The advances of MRI in the clinical pathway of acute pancreatitis[J]. Chin J Magn Reson Imaging, 2022, 13(1): 164-166.DOI:10.12015/issn.1674-8034.2022.01.039

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