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What is an MRCP

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MRCPMagnetic Resonance Cholangiopancreatography (MRCP); is a less costly, non-invasive, and sensitive technique for evaluating the biliary and pancreatic ductal systems.

MRCP images have somewhat lower resolution then other MR procedures, but it will show the ducts in their natural, non-distended state and can easily be combined with an MRI of the surrounding area. MRCP can diagnose the presence of bile duct obstruction and to what degree this of obstruction is present.

This procedure may miss biliary calcifications smaller than 6 mm, although at times 2 mm calcification can be seen. Primary sclerosing cholangitis can be diagnosed. This procedure can differentiate benign and malignant causes of biliary dilatation, and an MRCP can be combined with other procedure for detection and evaluation of any other underlying symptoms.

An MRCP has an advantage over ERCP for the detection of cholangiocarcinoma because of the risk of sepsis following the ERCP procedure. Post-operative bile-duct injuries and anastomotic leaks can be easily detected with an MRCP and it is suitable for assessment of the biliary tree after orthotopic liver transplantation. In recurrence, MRCP can be performed to look for stones, divisum, or structures. MRCP in conjunction with MRI can be used to evaluate parenchymal changes due to pancreatitis or to detect risk of pancreatic cancer.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 29 April 2010 21:14 )  

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