This systemic review summarizes the current literature and general consensus on secretin-stimulated magnetic resonance imaging (s-MRI) of the benign pancreatic disorders and discusses important aspects on how s-MRI is optimally performed. The aim is to provide an overview, for clinicians and radiologist, of the s-MRI protocols and the range of clinical applications. Furthermore, the review will summarize the criteria for evaluation of pancreatic morphology and function based on s-MRI.
The literature search indentified 69 original articles and 15 reviews. Chronic pancreatitis was the disease that was most frequently assessed by s-MRI (33%), followed by acute pancreatitis (9%). Dynamic thick-slab 2-dimensional magnetic resonance cholangiopancreatography was the most used imaging sequence (86%). The diameter of the main pancreatic duct (75%) and pancreatic exocrine function based on visual grading of duodenal filling (67%) were the most evaluated pancreatic features. Sufficient similarities between studies were identified to propose the most agreeable standardized s-MRI protocol for morphological and functional assessment of the pancreas. In the future, more research and increased collaboration between centers is necessary to achieve more consensus and optimization of s-MRI protocols.