What exactly is an MRCP test? What are they looking for?

An MRCP test is a specialized MRI scan of your liver, bile ducts, gallbladder and pancreas.

MRCP (##bb”M”##agnetic ##bb”R”##esonance ##bb”C”##holangio##bb”P”##ancreatography) uses a strong magnetic field and radio waves to create pictures of your biliary system.

Cholangio = bile vessel Pancreato = pancreas Graphy = imaging

(From www.histocutup.co.uk)

Sometimes you may receive an injection of “‘contrast”, a substance that enhances the MRI picture.

MRCP is used for:

  • Checking your liver, bile ducts, gallbladder and pancreas for stones, tumours, infection, or inflammation and
  • Investigating unexplained abdominal pain

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