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MRCP (Magnetic Resonance Cholangiopancreatography)

MRCP is a relatively new development in MR technology, which allows for rapid evaluation of the biliary tract, pancreatic duct and gall bladder without the use of IV contrast material or radiation. Special imaging sequences are utilized to depict the biliary tract. Pancreatic duct, and gall bladder as bright structures due to the signal characteristics of the fluid within them. Studies have shown that the accuracy of MRCP is comparable to that of ERCP (endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography, the traditional but invasive means of imaging the pancreaticobiliary system) in evaluation of choledocholithiasis, malignant obstruction, chronic pancreatitis and anatomic variants. In most cases, MRCP can be completed in 30 minutes and is easily performed as an outpatient examination.

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