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Arterial Anatomy of the Pancreas: Part 1. Coronal

Collins, Joseph M. MD*; Silva, Alvin C. MD*; Hayman, L. Anne MD

Journal of Computer Assisted Tomography: July 2010 - Volume 34 - Issue 4 - p 633-636
doi: 10.1097/RCT.0b013e3181dd5bb8
Graphic Anatomy

This is the first in a series of 3 medical graphics articles featuring the arterial anatomy of the pancreas as depicted on computed tomography images. This arterial anatomy is important in clinical practice because it represents a road map of the routes of tumor spread by ductal adenocarcinoma of the pancreas.

Abbreviations: ASPDA-anterior superior pancreaticoduodenal artery, CT-computed tomography, CT-angio-computed tomography-angiography, IPDA-inferior pancreaticoduodenal artery, PIPDA-posterior inferior pancreaticoduodenal artery, PSPDA-posterior superior pancreaticoduodenal artery, SPDA-superior pancreaticoduodenal artery

From the *Department of Radiology, Mayo Clinic, Scottsdale, AZ; and †Anatom-e Information Systems, Houston, TX.

Received for publication February 12, 2010; accepted February 22, 2010.

Reprints: Joseph M. Collins, MD, Department of Radiology, Mayo Clinic, 13400 E Shea Blvd, Scottsdale, AZ 85259 (e-mail:

The authors have no conflicts of interest to disclose.

Dr Collins identified and mapped the 3-dimensional course of the pancreatic arteries and is responsible for any errors in their anatomical depiction.

© 2010 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.