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MRI is valuable in detecting etiologies and complications of pancreatitis. Potential etiologies include biliary stones and congenital anomalies. Complications are acute fluid collections, necrosis, aneurysms, hemorrhage, splenic vein thrombosis, abscess, and pseudocyst.

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  7. Fattahi R, Balci NC, Perman WH, et al. Pancreatic diffusion-weighted imaging (DWI): comparison between mass-forming focal pancreatitis (FP), pancreatic cancer (PC), and normal pancreas. J Magn Reson Imaging 2009; 29:350-356. PubMed link