Hypervascular pancreatic “lesions”: a pattern-based approach to differentiation

Prasad R. Shankar, Ashish P. Wasnik, Mahmoud M. Al-Hawary, Isaac R. Francis, Ravi K. Kaza

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Hypervascular pancreatic lesions/masses can arise due to a variety of causes, both benign and malignant, leading to a wide differential diagnosis. Accurate differentiation of these lesions into appropriate diagnoses can be challenging; however, this is important for directing clinical management. This manuscript provides a multimodality imaging review of hypervascular pancreatic lesion, with emphasis on an imaging-based algorithmic approach for differentiation of these lesions, which may serve as a decision support tool when encountering these uncommon lesions. Additionally, we stratify these lesions into three categories based on malignant potential, to help guide clinical management.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1013-1028
Number of pages16
JournalAbdominal Radiology
Issue number4
StatePublished - Apr 1 2018
Externally publishedYes


  • Decision support
  • Hypervascular masses
  • Neuroendocrine tumor
  • Pancreas
  • Pancreatic neoplasm

ASJC Scopus subject areas

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


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