Magnetic resonance cholangiopancreatography: non-invasive imaging for the biliary tree and pancreatic duct.
AF Little, PJ Smith, OF Hennessy, WK Lee
Med J Aust | Published : 1998
Producing images similar to those acquired by the invasive procedures of endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP) or percutaneous transhepatic cholangiography, magnetic resonance cholangiopancreatography (MRCP) is indicated in patients who are unable to undergo ERCP or have had previously unsuccessful ERCP. It is used increasingly in non-invasive evaluation of the pancreaticobiliary tree in cases where the need for intervention during ERCP is expected to be low. MRCP may help in identifying anomalous biliary anatomy or choledocholithiasis before laparoscopic cholecystectomy, and in deciding between percutaneous or endoscopic treatment for patients with obstructive jaundice to de..View full abstract