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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

Dr. Abraham Jaskiel
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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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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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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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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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Dr. Cornelius O'Leary Jr
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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