Acute pancreatitis


Features consistent of acute pancreatitis.

The role of CT in the context of an acute pancreatitis are confirming the clinical diagnosis and most importantly evaluate possible complications such as; necrosis, hemorrhage, infection, or vascular complications (such as a pseudoaneurysm) and intra or peripancreatic collections. As in this case CT serves to demonstrate the existence of peripancreatic edema and necrosis absence which would change the clinical setting.

The timing of imaging is important. Traditionally post 72 hours from the presentation was advised, but some evidence and institutions image with CT after 48 hours.