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State the imaging modalities available to assess the hepatobiliary and pancreatic diseases. Discuss the imaging modalities of choice in different pathological conditions Correlate the imaging with pathology Identify the imaging features of common pathological conditions

Recall Anatomy

Imaging Methods

Ultrasound CT Nuclear Medicine MRI Contrast studies Plain x-ray

Presentations of patients for imaging

RHC or epigastric pain Abnormal physical examination Jaundice Abnormal lab investigations Infections Staging of tumours Trauma

RHC Pain Common problem Cholelithiasis - Gall stones

Imaging of choice USWhy? Helpful to assess any inflammatory changes or biliary dilatation Cost Availability Other modalities used HIDA, CT, MRI

USS Gallstones



Sonographic Murphys sign

Focal tenderness corresponding to the GBHelps physicians to separate - Acute cholecystitis from gallstones alone.

Complications of Gall stones

1. Cystic duct obstruction2. CBD obstruction3. Pancreatic duct obstruction

Obstructed duct due to distal calculus


*Note dilated bile ducts


Emphysematous cholecystitis Acalculus cholecysytitis Gall stone ilius

Emphysematous cholecysytitis

Acalculus cholecysytitis

Gall stone ileus

Small Bowel Obstruction at ileocaecal valve due to migration of gallstones that erode into duodenum from GB.

RUQ PAIN Imaging

Ultrasound 1st CT / HIDA 2nd ERCP / MRCP-- 3rd


Jaundice is the yellow colouration of skin and mucous membranes due to accumulation of bile pigments in blood and their deposition in body tissues Normal Serum Bilirubin (SB) is 0.3 to 1.0 mg% Jaundice is increased levels of SB > 1.0 mg%


Over production of Bilirubin (Hemolytic) -*Pre-hepatic From haemolysis of RBC / RBC precusors Impaired hepatic function (Hepatitic) -*Hepatic Hepatocellular dysfunction in handling bilirubin Obstruction to bile flow (Obstructive) -*Post-hepatic Intrahepatic cholestasis Extrahepatic Obstruction (Surgical Jaundice)


Plays a vital role in establishing the underlying aetiology and planning management. Image-guided interventional techniques are used for therapeutic procedures and for diagnostic purposes

An Approach to Jaundice

Is it isolated elevation of serum bilirubin? Is it unconjugated or conjugated fraction? Is it accompanied by other liver test abnormalities? Is hepatocellular or cholestatic? If cholestatic, is it intra- or extrahepatic? Answered with , History and physical examination Interpretation of laboratory tests & radiological tests and procedures

Jaundice Viral Hepatitis

Imaging Limited value Acute usually normal Helps to exclude obstruction Chronic increased malignancy risk


Common causes of Post Hepatic (Obstructive) Jaundice

Gallstone Carcinoma of head of pancreas/ ampulla / bile duct Iatrogenic strictures of biliary tree. Perihepatic lymphadenopathy

Evaluation of Obstructive Jaundice

What imaging we need?

Ultrasonography 1st test ordered. Ultrasonography and CT scanning are useful in distinguishing an obstructing lesion from hepatocellular Ultrasonography is the most sensitive imaging technique for detecting biliary stones. CT scanning can provide more information about liver and pancreatic parenchymal disease.

MRCP Most useful for duct stone / Hilar obstruction PTC Extrahepatic obstr. drainage ERCP Distal biliary obstruction Bx. & Rx. Endoscopic US

Obstructive Jaundice- USS

Localize site of obstruction Indicates presence of ( Cause) Calculi, Dilated biliary tract Mass lesions Low cost No radiation Non invasive

Extra- hepatic bile duct dilatation

Cholangiocarcinoma USS


Adenocarcinoma that arises from bile duct epithelium


More likely to identify site and nature of obstruction More costly More radiation For diagnosis and for staging in malignant biliary obstruction

CT - Hydatid cyst

CT -Ampullary Carcinoma

Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)

Demonstrate both the site and cause of obstruction

MRI Abdomen

Magnetic Resonance Cholangio-Pancreatography (MRCP)

ERCP (Endoscopic Retrograde Cholangio- Pancreatography)

Diagnostic Therapeutic


Irregular dilation of intrahepatic and extrahepatic ducts.


Diagnostic Therapeutic- Drainage/ Stenting

Periampullary growth (PTC)

T tube cholangiogram

Pancreatic Cancer/Obstructive Jaundice

Altered Lab Ix

Bilirubin Serum Amylase


Biliary calculi-obstruction Alcohol- chemical toxicity

Complications of Pancreatitis

Pseudocyst Infection Hemorrhage Pancreatic insufficiency

Pancreatic Abscess

Chronic Pancreatitis

Physical examination findings

Enlarged liver Tender Liver Enlarged spleen Ascites - distention


Palpable Liver Metastasis

Hepatic Abscess