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World J Radiol. Nov 28, 2015; 7(11): 361-374
Published online Nov 28, 2015. doi: 10.4329/wjr.v7.i11.361
Role of magnetic resonance imaging in the detection and characterization of solid pancreatic nodules: An update
Najwa Al Ansari, Miguel Ramalho, Richard C Semelka, Valeria Buonocore, Silvia Gigli, Francesca Maccioni
Najwa Al Ansari, Valeria Buonocore, Silvia Gigli, Francesca Maccioni, Department of Radiological Sciences, Oncology and Pathology, Policlinico Umberto I Hospital Rome, Sapienza University of Rome, 00161 Rome, Italy
Miguel Ramalho, Department of Radiology, Hospital Garcia de Orta, 2801-951 Almada, Portugal
Miguel Ramalho, Richard C Semelka, Department of Radiology, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC 27599-7510, United States
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Correspondence to: Richard C Semelka, MD, Professor, Department of Radiology, University of North Carolina, UNC at Chapel Hill CB 7510 - 2001 Old Clinic Bldg., Chapel Hill, NC 27599-7510, United States.
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Received: April 27, 2015
Peer-review started: April 28, 2015
First decision: August 4, 2015
Revised: September 8, 2015
Accepted: October 1, 2015
Article in press: October 8, 2015
Published online: November 28, 2015
Core Tip

Core tip: In addition to pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma other solid pancreatic lesions occur. Less common solid primary pancreatic tumors and non-neoplastic disease processes that may be diagnosed with relatively high specificity employing magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). The radiologist must be familiar with their MRI appearance to correctly diagnose them, or suggest them in the differential diagnosis when appropriate, since it may change substantially the approach, prognosis and patient management.