About the Scan – Cholangiopancreatography (MRCP)

Magnetic resonance cholangiopancreatography (MRCP) is a special type of MRI exam that produces detailed images of the hepatobiliary and pancreatic systems, including the liver, gallbladder, bile ducts, pancreas and pancreatic duct.

SMIL radiologists use MRCP to:

During the scan, you will be positioned on the moveable examination table. Devices that contain coils capable of sending and receiving radio waves may be placed around or adjacent to the area of the body being studied.

If a contrast material will be used in the MRI exam, a nurse or technologist will insert an intravenous (IV) catheter, also known as an IV line, into a vein in your hand or arm. A saline solution may be used. The solution will drip through the IV to prevent blockage of the IV catheter until the contrast material is injected.

You will be moved into the magnet of the MRI unit and the radiologist and technologist will leave the room while the MRI examination is performed.

If a contrast material is used during the examination, it will be injected into the intravenous line (IV) after an initial series of scans. Additional series of images will be taken during or following the injection.

The actual MRCP exam takes about 10 minutes, but it is often performed with a standard MRI of the abdomen, which may last approximately 30 minutes and involve the use of a contrast material. In this case, the entire examination is usually completed within 45 minutes.

Learn how to prepare for the scan in the Cholangiopancreatography preparations section.

Find out if this procedure is right for you in the benefits and risks of Cholangiopancreatography section.

For a downloadable/printable PDF about this exam with preparation instructions click here.

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