Contrast-enhanced transabdominal ultrasonography in the diagnosis of pancreatic mass lesions

K. Takeda, H. Goto, Y. Hirooka, A. Itoh, S. Hashimoto, K. Niwa, T. Hayakawa

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Purpose: In this study, we evaluated the diagnostic usefulness of contrast-enhanced transabdominal ultrasonography (CE-US) in pancreatic mass lesions that could be detected by US. Material and Methods: CE-US was performed in 37 patients with various pancreatic mass lesions to evaluate the characteristic vascular findings. Results: Pancreatic tubular adenocarcinoma showed negative enhancement pattern in 16 cases and a slight spotty enhancement pattern in 5 cases. Poorly differentiated adenocarcinoma showed slight homogeneous enhancement pattern in 1 case and acinar cell carcinoma was expressed as a heterogeneous enhancement pattern in 3 cases on CE-US. Endocrine cell tumor had a strong homogeneous enhancement pattern in 3 cases, a strong central enhancement in 1 case and a strong peripheral enhancement in 2 cases. Pseudotumorous pancreatitis showed an iso-enhancement pattern in 6 cases. Conclusion: CE-US is useful in evaluating the vascularity of the lesions in various pancreatic mass lesions in real-time images, and may be useful for the differential diagnosis of pancreatic mass lesions.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)103-106
Number of pages4
JournalActa Radiologica
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 01-2003
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Radiological and Ultrasound Technology
  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging


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