Normal pancreas (ultrasound)

Case contributed by Dr Matt A. Morgan


Right upper quadrant ultrasound on an ED patient with vague abdominal pain. Normal ultrasound study. Discharged with diagnosis of enteritis.

Patient Data

Age: 40-45 years
Gender: Male

Transverse images of the normal pancreas. 6 MHz curved transducer with harmonics turned on.

The normal pancreas is slightly less echogenic than the surrounding retroperitoneal fat (compare the pancreas with the fat around the SMA (above).

Annotated image

Annotated image of a normal pancreas. A number of vascular structures serve as landmarks when evaluating the pancreas on abdominal ultrasound.

Case Discussion

Normal pancreas on ultrasound.

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Case information

rID: 37581
Published: 15th Jun 2015
Last edited: 14th Aug 2019
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