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Magnetic Resonance Choliangiopancreatography (MRCP)

MRCP uses magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) to obtain pictures of the bile ducts. MRI machines use radio waves and magnets to scan internal organs and tissues. MRCP does not involve using x-rays or inserting instruments into the body. This safe and painless test is increasingly used for diagnosis.

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How does MRCP help with gastrointestinal disorders?

Magnetic resonance cholangiopancreatography (MRCP) is a technique that has evolved over the past two decades. It continues to have a fundamental role in the non-invasive investigation of many pancreatico-biliary disorders.

MRCP is also used to treat PSC. PSC (primary sclerosing cholangitis), is a disease that damages and blocks bile ducts inside and outside the liver. Bile is a liquid made in the liver. Bile ducts are tubes that carry bile out of the liver to the gallbladder and small intestine. In the intestine, bile helps break down fat in food.

How does an MRCP work?

MRCP is a special kind of MRI scan enabling the physician to visualize the bile and pancreatic ducts in a non-invasive way. This is particularly helpful since tumors typically arise in the ducts. At the Pancreas Center, this is a very important test in determining if the patient is a suitable surgical candidate.

What to expect during an MRCP test

The MRCP procedure is normally performed concurrently with an MRI study. You will be required to lie on a bed in a narrow tube throughout the study’s duration.

 

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