</>An MRCP test is a specialized MRI exam that evaluates the hepatiobiliary and pancreatic systems, including the liver, gallbladder, bile ducts, pancreas and pancreatic duct. MRCP stands for Magnetic Resonance Cholangiopancreatography: Cholangio = bile vessel Pancreato = pancreas Graphy = image
An MRCP scan looks for abnormalities like
Obstructions or blockages caused from gallstones
Stones in the bile duct
Infections such as cholangitis (infection of the bile duct)
An MRCP test can also be ordered to find the cause of pancreatitis or diagnose unexplained abdominal pain. Additionally, MRCP is a less invasive alternative to ERCP, a procedure that uses an endoscope combined with an IV injection of x-ray contrast dye and fluoroscopy (x-ray images).
Nothing to eat or drink 4 hours prior to your exam.
How long will my exam take?
An MRCP scan takes about twice as long as a regular MRI scan; 10 minutes for the MRCP imaging and about 30 minutes for abdominal imaging. Depending on the reason why the MRCP test was ordered, IV contrast may be given during the scan.
What happens after my exam?
Your images will be interpreted by one of our board-certified radiologists. The findings will be sent to your healthcare provider who will then contact you to discuss the results and any follow-up care or treatment plans.