Magnetic resonance cholangiopancreatography (MRCP) is
a special type of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) exam that produces detailed images of the hepatobiliary and pancreatic systems, including the liver, gallbladder, bile ducts, pancreas and pancreatic duct.
Physicians use MRCP to:
- examine diseases of the liver, gallbladder, bile ducts, pancreas and pancreatic duct. These may include tumors, stones, inflammation or infection.
- evaluate patients with pancreatitis to detect the underlying cause.
- help to diagnose unexplained abdominal pain.
- provide a less invasive alternative to endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP). ERCP is a diagnostic procedure that combines endoscopy, which uses an illuminated optical instrument to examine inside the body, with iodinated contrast injection and x-ray images.
MRCP is an exam performed at all DIS locations. As with all MRI exams, there is no medical radiation used in order to acquire images for the radiologist and your doctor.