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Magnetic resonance cholangiopancreatography (MRCP) is a  technique used to picture narrowing or blockages in the bile duct or the pancreatic duct, tumors, and evidence of inflammation. It is helpful in the detection of cause of various diseases like jaundice, pancreatitis etc.

What is MRCP?

Magnetic resonance cholangiopancreatography (MRCP) is a special type of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) exam that produces detailed images of the liver, gallbladder, bile ducts, pancreas etc using radio waves directed at the body to excite hydrogen atoms in the molecules of water in the human body.

How is MRCP performed?

  • Individual to be tested is positioned on the moveable examination table
  • Radio wave emitter and receiver may be placed around or adjacent to the area of the body being studied
  • An intravenous catheter is inserted if contrast material is to be used
  • If a contrast material is used during the examination, it is injected only after an initial series of scans.
  • The individual is placed into the magnet of the MRI unit and test is carried out.

Side effects/risks of MRCP

MRI is an extremely safe test and poses almost no threat to an average patient. However, a few of the rare risks associated with this test are as follows

  • There is a slight risk of allergy if contrast material is used
  • The implanted medical device may malfunction during the test if they have any metal content

Preparation before performing MRCP

  • Loose-fitting clothing with no metal fasteners shall be worn
  • Instructions laid out by technician regarding diet before test shall be followed
  • Report of all the medications, implants and allergies should be provided to the radiologist beforehand

Post-care after MRCP

  • Individuals who require sedation to stay still during the test shall be allowed some time to recover
  • Individuals with an allergic reaction to contrast material shall seek medical attention ASAP 

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