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Whats the difference between an MRI scan and an mrcp scan?

Whats 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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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. ...Read more

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

What is studied: Mri (magnetic resonance imaging) looks at tissues/organs. Mra (magnetic resonance arteriogram) looks at arteries, for example to evaluate for an aneurysm. Mrcp (magnetic resonance cholangiopancreatography) looks at the biliary system (involving pancreas, gall bladder, liver). ...Read more

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I'm having an "MRI abdomen w/wo IV and MRCP." It's how the order reads. How long will the procedure last & will I enter the machine head 1st. or feet?

I'm having an "MRI abdomen w/wo IV and MRCP." It's how the order reads. How long will the procedure last & will I enter the machine head 1st. or feet?

Variable: Mri scans typically take 40-60 minutes, but there are many factors that determine the length of time. How the study is protocoled and the machine itself. Most scans imaging the torso are done with feet into the scanner first. ...Read more

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MRI showed smooth CBD stricture with intrahepatic dilatation. Pain only symptom. Blood normal. FDG PET normal. MRCP scheduled. How scared should I be?

MRI showed smooth CBD stricture with intrahepatic dilatation. Pain only symptom. Blood normal. FDG PET normal. MRCP scheduled. How scared should I be?

Not to worry: Magnetic resonance cholangiopancreatography (MRCP) is special type of MRI exam that produces detailed images of hepatobiliary and pancreatic systems, including the liver, gallbladder, bile ducts, pancreas and pancreatic duct.Study may require use of a contrast material that is injected into your bloodstream, the radiologist or technologist may ask if you have allergies of any kind. ...Read more

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In diagosing pancreatitis, which is more useful, MRI or CT? And are regular abodominal MRI and CT different from MRCP or HIDA scan?

In diagosing pancreatitis, which is more useful, MRI or CT? And are regular abodominal MRI and CT different from MRCP or HIDA scan?

Each has its place: CT is the standard study for demonstrating pancreatitis but usually it can be diagnosed by blood test and clinical exam. CT is usually reserved for looking for complications. It's faster & cheaper than MRI or HIDA. MRI & HIDA are used to look for causes of pancreatitis, like obstructed ducts. Most cases of pancreatitis require only simple ultrasound to rule out obstruction, and no other studies. ...Read more

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Can you have a stone in bile duct if gb removed 15 yr ago? Us showed a poss 4mm stone. Mrcp showed dilated hep duct 14mm no stone. Awaiting results MRI with contrast. Ruq pain and nausea. Labs norm.

It's Possible: You can have a stone in your duct. It sounds like you are doing a good job getting it checked out. The main question is to understand your symptoms and your options for relief of those symptoms. Keep pursuing an answer. If it's not a stone, you want, at least, to know if you have something that's important to treat. ...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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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 an mrcp, and how does it work?

See: Radiologyinfo.Org for discussion of this test to see your biliary ducts. ...Read more

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Mri (Definition)

Mri or magnetic resonance imaging is one of the more recently developed imaging modalities available to physicians. It uses powerful magnets to generate images. There is no ionizing radiation which is a major advantage over many other modalities. Mri is the best imaging exam that we have for most soft tissue and joint related problems. There are radiologists ...Read more

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