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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

Dr. Patricia Foster
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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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What are the differences between an mri, mra and mrcp?

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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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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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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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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Could an MRCP MRI miss pancreatic and /or liver cancer?

Could an MRCP MRI miss pancreatic and /or liver cancer?

Highly unlikely: That said there is never a never or an always in medicine. Given your age doubtful ...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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I had an abdominal MRI with contrast, is this enough to evaluate Gall bladder and Pancreas or do I need an MRCP?

I had an abdominal MRI with contrast, is this enough to evaluate Gall bladder and Pancreas or do I need an MRCP?

Need more info...: Without your general and specific clinical profiles + physical exam + reviewing/comparing available tests, it is hard to answer your Q. In fact, please ask the doctors ordering the test directly since s/he should know more about you than anyone online. How to handle sickness? Go to articles listed in http://www. Formefirst. Com/onDealSickness. Html & http://www. Formefirst. Com/onLifeBasics. Html. ...Read more

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I had an abdominal MRI with contrast, is this the same as an MRCP or do I need an MRCP for pancreas/ Gall bladder evaluation?

I had an abdominal MRI with contrast, is this the same as an MRCP or do I need an MRCP for pancreas/ Gall bladder evaluation?

MRCP: These tests are not the same. The MRCP uses a special protocol to see the bile duct and the pancreas in better detail. It would not be seen this way on a regular MRI of the abdomen. If your physicians feel that you need a test specific for the bile ducts, they will order the MRCP. Good luck. ...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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Hi doctor I recently had mri with and without contrast and mrcp and the results cameback normal should I still worry about pancreatic cancer?

Hi doctor I recently had mri with and without contrast and mrcp and the results cameback normal should I still worry about pancreatic cancer?

No worries: You have no obvious reasons to be worried. I am wondering why you even had the MRCP done in the first place?? You are too young to have pancreatic Cancer until you get past 45 years.
Anxiety is what you need to control....that can cause disease too1 ...Read more

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Just had mrcp with MRI of pancreas area. Would this show an enlarged spleen? Ct done 6 months ago reported it was fine.

Just had mrcp with MRI of pancreas area. Would this show an enlarged spleen? Ct done 6 months ago reported it was fine.

Technically, No.: An MRCP is a heavily T2-weighted MRI signal of the abdomen. If the T2 weighting were (for some reason) NOT "very" heavy, AND if there were reconstructions of the image in the coronal or sagittal plane (these are very technical terms), then the spleen COULD be seen & measured to determine if it's enlarged. Most of the time, however, these technical modifications aren't performed & spleen isn't seen ...Read more

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What are the chances an ultrasound, Mri/mrcp, ercp, and ct scans or imaging miss advanced liver cancer?

What are the chances an ultrasound, Mri/mrcp, ercp, and ct scans or imaging miss advanced liver cancer?

If it is tailored: For liver mass, and technically adequate (i.e. no artifacts that might obscure anatomy), it would be nearly impossible to miss a large liver tumor. ...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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I've had floating stools off and on for decade. MRCP, EUS, CT, colonscopt normal. What is difference between IBS loose stools and steathorrea?

I've had floating stools off and on for decade. MRCP, EUS, CT, colonscopt normal. What is difference between IBS loose stools and steathorrea?

Ibs: Is a conditions and u may have frequent bms normal or watery. Steatorrhea is a sign of fatty stools due to malabsorption syndrome which needs a ge consult. ...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

Dr. M. Hytham Beck
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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