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Is the accuracy high for finding early pancreatic cancer with normal MRCP (not the Secretin-enhanced MRCP)?

Is the accuracy high for finding early pancreatic cancer with normal MRCP (not the Secretin-enhanced MRCP)?

Depends: The secretin-enhanced MRCP is a technique to help image the pancreatic duct. The MRCP is just one arrow in the quiver to diagnose hepato-biliary and pancreatic disease non-invasively; especially in the setting of painless jaundice. It can often direct the next step along the diagnostic process. ...Read more

Dr. Michael Gabor
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Mrcp (Definition)

Magnetic resonance cholangiopancreatography (mrcp) uses a strong magnet to obtain images of the biliary and pancreatic ducts. It is an alternative to the more invasive endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP) done with an endoscope. Mrcp can be used to visualize gallstones, bile duct narrowing and the structures surrounding the bile ducts. For ...Read more


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Any use of secretin for autism?

Any use of secretin for autism?

No: How convenient it would be if you just needed to give a shot to cure autism. Unfortunately, this is not the case. ...Read more

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What's the difference between secretin and urogastrone? Both of them did inhibit the secretion of gastric juice right?

What's the difference between secretin and urogastrone? Both of them did inhibit the secretion of gastric juice right?

Secretin/urogastrone: Urogastrone is a polypeptide secreted by the salivary glands and by brunner's glands, which is a potent inhibitor of gastric acid secretion. Secretin is a digestive hormone secreted by small intestine. Secretin causes the pancreas to release digestive enzymes which break down food and help the body absorb nutrients. Secretin inhibits gastric acid secretion. ...Read more

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Explain the role of secretin in regulating bile and pancreatic juices?

Explain the role of secretin in regulating bile and pancreatic juices?

Important hormone: Secretin is important in digestion. When stomach acid flows into the duodenum (small intestine) secretin is released. The secretin stimulates the pancreas to release bicarbonate (sodium bicarbonate) which helps digest food. It also enhances the function of cck which is important in gallbladder function. Secretin is stopped from working when the ph of the stomach is blocked with certain medications. ...Read more

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Can you tell me how the hormone, secretin, protect the small intestine?

Can you tell me how the hormone, secretin, protect the small intestine?

Secretin has: Many actions and works in combination with other gi hormones. It stimulates bicarbonate (sodium bicarbonate) and limits acid secretion, so I guess in some small way it "protects" the small intestine, but that's not it's major function. ...Read more

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What are the differences between frcp and mrcp?

Ercp vs mrcp: Ercp is an special endoscopy to look at the bile ducts of the liver (it is a procedure) and potentially manipulate and treat any disease there.
mrcp is an MRI (imaging study from radiology) to look at the bile ducts. ...Read more

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Why is mrcp better than ercp?

Why is mrcp better than ercp?

Not necessarily...: Mrcp is less invasive and carries a lower risk for complications compared to ercp. ...Read more

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Does mrcp look at whole abdomen?

Does mrcp look at whole abdomen?

See answer: Mrcp usually is focused on the liver, pancreas and the gallbladder/biliary tract.
Sometimes it may be combined with more comprehensive upper (or lower) abdominal MRI scanning but this may need to be specifically ordered and would be dependent on the clinical concern. ...Read more

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What is an mrcp?

What is an mrcp?

Type of MRI: Magnetic resonance cholangiopancreatography (mrcp) is a type of MRI not requiring contrast, used to look at the biliary system (including liver, gall bladder, pancreas). Examples of problems that can lead to mrcp being performed include cholangiocarcinoma, pancreatic cysts, and biliary tract stones. ...Read more

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What is the mrcp?

What is the mrcp?

MRCP: Magnetic resonance cholangiopancreatography is a radiology exam that uses magnetic resonance imaging to visualize the biliary and pancreatic ducts, pancreas, and gallbladder. This procedure can be used to determine if stones are lodged in any of the ducts and to look for abnormal enlargement of the ducts. ...Read more

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What is an MRCP? What can it diagnose?

What is an MRCP? What can it diagnose?

MRCP: Magnetic resonance cholangiopancreatography (MRCP) is a non invasive way to diagnose diseases of the biliary tree and the pancreatic ducts. It is done using an MRI machine and requires no injections or sedation (usually). ERCP is the invasive method using a scope inserted into the mouth into the small bowel, requiring sedation and a skilled physician with expertise in the procedure. ...Read more

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What is it like to have an mrcp test done?

What is it like to have an mrcp test done?

MRCP: Mrcp (magnetic resonance cholangiopancreatography) is a type of MRI scan that evaluates the pancreas, bile ducts, gallbladder, and liver. It requires no intravenous contrast. The MRI tech will take images while you lay in the scanner. You will hear loud banging noises from the scanner. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: mrcp?

What is the definition or description of: mrcp?

Bile duct MRI: Magnetic resonance cholangiopancreatography (mrcp) uses a strong magnet to obtain images of the biliary and pancreatic ducts. It is an alternative to the more invasive endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP) done with an endoscope. Mrcp can be used to visualize gallstones, bile duct narrowing and the structures surrounding the bile ducts. For more information: radiologyinfo. Org. ...Read more

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Can you advise for these mrcp results please!!!?

Results: Can you post the specifics in a new question? I don't have access if you uploaded it. ...Read more

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What is a hida scan and an mrcp test?

Nuclear, MRI scans: Hida is a nuclear medicine scan which looks at the functioning of your biliary system and and mrcp is an mr study that shows the anatomy of your biliary system. ...Read more

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What are any side effects from the mrcp test?

What are any side effects from the mrcp test?

None: Mrcp (magnetic resonance cholangiopancreatography) is an MRI focused on the pancreas, bile ducts, gallbladder, and liver. It requires no intravenous contrast and has no radiation. ...Read more

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What's the difference between an MRI scan and an mrcp scan?

What's the difference between an MRI scan and an mrcp scan?

MRI: An MRI scan is a general and broad term used to describe an MRI performed of a body part (head, abdomen, pelvis, wrist, etc.). An mrcp (magnetic resonance cholangiopancreatography) is a type of MRI scan that focuses on the pancreas, bile ducts, gallbladder, and liver). ...Read more

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Can MRCP result in false positives/negatives for common issues in the biliary system?

Can MRCP result in false positives/negatives for common issues in the biliary system?

Yes: MRCP is an excellent test for looking at biliary obstruction as well as pancreatic lesions. It is non-invasive as opposed to open surgery. However, no test is without false positive and negative results. It is another diagnostic tool that should be considered. ...Read more

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How can one be sure he or she does not have gallbladder issues? MRCP/MRI with contrast results negative.

How can one be sure he or she does not have gallbladder issues? MRCP/MRI with contrast results negative.

MRI alone: Probably not sufficient to exclude gallbladder abnormalities. Ultrasound could detect tiny stones, polyps, or subtle wall abnormalities that might not be seen on MRI/MRCP. Also, MRI won't detect functional abnormalities, such as if the gallbladder is not contracting properly. For that, HIDA scan with CCK stimulation is the test. Talk to your doc about next steps. ...Read more

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Is it possible to have normal raised LFTs? For the past 10 years I have had fluctuating lft. I have had an mrcp 2 months ago that was NAD.

Need more info: Typically not *normal*, but depends on which "LFTs" and how high. There are a number of syndromes where any combination can be elevated in a benign process (gilbert's for example, can't conjugate bilirubin so it's high). you have UC so your docs need to keep a close eye on possibility of PSC. Is that why you had the MRCP? ...Read more

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Just had MRI/MRCP says 0.4cm in caliber panc duct which is slightly more prominent in the interim. 1.7cm in maximal diameter? Meaning please

Just had MRI/MRCP says 0.4cm in caliber panc duct which is slightly more prominent in the interim. 1.7cm in maximal diameter? Meaning please

Pancreas: Normal - The duct diameter is greatest at the head and neck region and is slightly narrower towards the body and tail. Its normal reported value ranges between 1-3.5 mm 5, 8:

head: 3.5 mm
body: 2.5 mm
tail: 1.5 mm. Abnormal diameter means chronic or acute pancreatitis and rare papillary duct cancer.stop alcohol and smoking and recheck imaging x6 month ...Read more

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Am 19 & my MRCP report shows chronic pancreatitis with 4.4mm pancreatict duct. Doct. Gave medicines and told it will be reduced as my age increases????

Am 19 & my MRCP report shows chronic pancreatitis with 4.4mm pancreatict duct. Doct. Gave medicines and told it will be reduced as my age increases????

Important. Cause??: The normal Pancreatic Duct should be under 3 mm. Why you duct is dilated is uncertain, My guess is that you had inflammation of pancreas or gall bladder stone in common bile duct. You should be follewed by doctor. ...Read more

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What does a mrcp scan show?

Several things: An mrcp (magnetic resonance cholangiopancreatography) is a type of MRI scan that can evaluate the pancreas (mass, pancreatitis), bile ducts (stones, abnormal size/appearance), gallbladder (stones, mass), and liver. It's most used to look for a stone in the common bile duct. In addition, other organs including the spleen, adrenals, kidneys, and stomach/bowel are identified. ...Read more

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How does this mrcp test work?

How does this mrcp test work?

MRCP: Mrcp (magnetic resonance cholangiopancreatography) is a type of MRI scan that evaluates the pancreas, bile ducts, gallbladder, and liver. It requires no intravenous contrast. The MRI tech will take images while you lay in the scanner. You will hear loud banging noises from the scanner. ...Read more

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What is done during a mrcp test?

MRCP: Mrcp (magnetic resonance cholangiopancreatography) is a type of MRI scan that evaluates the pancreas, bile ducts, gallbladder, and liver. It requires no intravenous contrast. The MRI tech will take images while you lay in the scanner. You will hear loud banging noises from the scanner. ...Read more

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Help please? What is an mrcp (medical diagnostic)?

See below: MRCP (Magnetic Resonance Cholangiopancreatography) This is an MRI exam to look at your bile ducts and pancreatic duct as well as your liver and pancreas. ...Read more

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What to do if I have a dialated liver duct, mrcp scan came back good. What could it be if eveything came back good?

What to do if I have a dialated liver duct, mrcp scan came back good. What could it be if eveything came back good?

Not much, repeat: If you are not experiencing pain and are not jaundiced and this was discovered on ultrasound exam, you should have study repeated in a few months. MRCP is more exact study to exclude stone or tumor blocking duct and causing dilatation. Sometimes duct size on ultrasound varies a lot with technique and experience of person doing the study. ...Read more

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What to do if I have a dialated liver duct, mrcp scan came back good. What could it be if eveything came back good?

Dilated duct: Not sure I understand. If the MRCP was normal, that means the ducts were not dilated. Was there another test that showed dilated ducts? ...Read more

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What do you recommend if I have a dialated liver duct, mrcp scan came back good. What could it be if eveything came back good?

What do you recommend if I have a dialated liver duct, mrcp scan came back good. What could it be if eveything came back good?

Repeat study: If you are not experiencing pain and are not jaundiced and this was discovered on ultrasound exam, you should have study repeated in a few months. MRCP is more exact study to exclude stone or tumor blocking duct and causing dilatation. Sometimes duct size on ultrasound varies a lot with technique and experience of person doing the study. ...Read more

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MRCPs ok, each ERCP (x3)found severe abnormalities in pancreas. Treated & now symptomatic. Y cant they c the problems unless they go in? 26f 5'8 115

Complex problem: Sounds like a complex problem, if you've required three ERCP's and an MRCP to help diagnose it. Without more information on what was actually found during the ERCP's, it is difficult to comment further about what could be going on. I would return to your gastroenterologist for better explanations, or post more results here if you have them. Good luck. ...Read more

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HIDA showed 6%EF. Only have occasional nausea & discomfort in GB region. MRCP showed sludge and now taking Urso. Can EF% improve or GB removal needed?

HIDA showed 6%EF. Only have occasional nausea & discomfort in GB region. MRCP showed sludge and now taking Urso. Can EF% improve or GB removal needed?

GB sludge: Sludge in the gall bladder can cause continuing episodes of abdominal discomfort and digestive disturbances. Gall bladder removal can relieve these symptoms even in the absence of stones. I doubt that URSO will be able to accomplish this. ...Read more

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What are the differences between an mri, mra and mrcp?

See below: These tests are used to look at different structures in the body. Mri can look at soft tissues, brain, spine, joints and others. Mra looks at vessels. Mrcp looks at the bile ducts in the liver and the pancreatic ducts. ...Read more

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Does an MRCP MRI also show other abdominal organs?

Depending on the: Particular technical factors, it may show all or most of the intrabdominal organs, but not optimally since the sequences are specifically tailored for MRCP ...Read more

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My Gall bladder is contracted and in MRCP does not shown any gallstone in it. What can I do now?

Depends: The MRCP is an advanced imaging technique to show if your gallstones have traveled outside the gallbladder into the DUCT system. Gallstones traveling is dangerous to your health. So....no stones in your ducts is what a negative MRCP means. You may also have a bad gallbladder. You may benefit from gallbladder removal. Okay to ask your doc for a referral to a surgeon. Be well. ...Read more

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Do stones not show up on MRCP sometimes? Is it hard to see intrahepatic stones on MRCP? Should I have ERCP done since MRCP showed nothing?

Intrahepatic stones.: The answer mostly depends on why your doctor feels there may be Intrahepatic stones and what kind of symptoms you are having. If asymptomatic, the better answer may be to not do anything. An ERCP may show stones better than an MRCP, but the ERCP is not without the risk of potentially bad complications. Your G.I. doctor can help you balance these considerations. Good luck. ...Read more

Dr. Johanna Fricke
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Autism (Definition)

A neurodevelopmental disorder affecting three areas: abnormal socialization, communication, and restricted interests with repetitive patterns of behavior. It is usually detected in the first two years of life. Cause is unknown but strong evidence points to an interplay between ...Read more