Multidetector CT (MDCT) has gained a great role in clinical imaging practice in a short time. Its major advantages are faster image acquisition and improved z-axis resolution. In spite of the advent of other imaging modalities CT is still the gold standard for the evaluation of pancreatic pathology. In this article, a review of the utility of MDCT in pancreatic applications is given with emphasis on acquisition techniques tailored to contrast material pharmacokinetics to improve lesion detection and characterization. (C) 2004 Elsevier Ireland Ltd. All rights reserved.