Pancreatobiliary Flow Dynamics: Association Between Bile and Pancreatic Juice Evaluated With Cine-Dynamic Magnetic Resonance Cholangiopancreatography Using Spatially Selective Inversion Recovery Pulse.

Journal of Magnetic Resonance Imaging : JMRI
Mayumi HigashiKatsuyoshi Ito

Abstract

The physiological flow patterns and the reciprocal relationship between pancreatic juice and bile excretion dynamics have not been clearly elucidated by imaging. To assess the physiological flow patterns of bile and pancreatic juice simultaneously in order to clarify the pancreatobiliary flow dynamics using cine-dynamic magnetic resonance cholangiopancreatography (MRCP) with a spatial selective inversion recovery (IR) pulse. Retrospective. A total of 85 patients with physiologically normal pancreatobiliary flow without ductal dilatation (normal group) and 19 patients with dilated pancreatic duct. A 3 T, fast spin echo sequence with IR pulse to nullify the signal of static pancreatic juice and bile. The frequency and secretion grade of the antegrade and reverse flow of the pancreatic juice and bile on cine-dynamic MRCP were visually evaluated. Additionally, the reciprocal relationship between pancreatic juice and bile flow was evaluated based on its flow patterns. Spearman's rank correlation coefficient analysis and the Kruskal-Wallis and Mann-Whitney U tests were used. P values of <0.05 were considered to indicate statistical significance. In the normal group, the antegrade pancreatic juice flow and no bile flow pattern was mos...Continue Reading

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