Pancreatic neuroendocrine tumor: review of heterogeneous spectrum of CT appearance

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Objective: Pancreatic neuroendocrine tumors (PanNETs) are uncommon pancreatic neoplasms and can be a diagnostic challenge with heterogeneous spectrum of CT appearance. We review CT findings of PanNETs and other mimics. Conclusion: PanNETs are typically hypervascular and have avid enhancement on arterial and venous phase images. However, dedicated pancreas protocol may be needed due to their sometimes atypical appearance including transient enhancement. Careful evaluation of CT findings will help differentiate PanNETs from their mimics, and can be used to establish the diagnosis of a PanNETs. Although an accurate diagnosis can be based on serological, urine, and CT scan findings, confirmation is made via pathological examination.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1-10
Number of pages10
JournalAbdominal Radiology
StateAccepted/In press - Mar 28 2018


  • CT
  • Neoplasm
  • Neuroendocrine neoplasms
  • Neuroendocrine tumors
  • Pancreas
  • Tumor

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiological and Ultrasound Technology
  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging
  • Gastroenterology
  • Urology


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