Biliary scintigraphy in acute pancreatitis

A. N. Serafini, W. Al-Sheikh, J. S. Barkin, M. Hourani, G. Sfakiankis, L. P. Clarke, F. S. Ashkar

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A prospective study was carried out in 60 patients to determine the efficacy of 99mTc-PIPIDA scintigraphy in differentiating biliary pancreatitis from nonbiliary pancreatitis. Forty patients were classified as having biliary pancreatitis and 20 patients as having the nonbiliary type. Scintigraphic scans were divided into five main types according to the time to visualization of the gallbladder and the time to excretion of 99mTc-PIPIDA into the intestinal tract. Normal scans were obtained in 95% of patients (19/20) with nonbiliary pancreatitis; 22.5% of patients (9/40) with biliary pancreatitis had normal scans. It is concluded that elevated amylase levels together with an abnormal biliary scan, as defined by the criteria presented here, indicate biliary pancreatitis, while a normal scan largely excludes such diagnosis.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)591-595
Number of pages5
JournalUnknown Journal
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jan 1 1982

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging


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