Journal article

Value of magnetic resonance cholangiopancreatography in the diagnosis of biliary abnormalities in postcholecystectomy patients: A probabilistic cost-effectiveness analysis of diagnostic strategies

K Howard, SJ Lord, A Speer, RN Gibson, R Padbury, B Kearney

INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF TECHNOLOGY ASSESSMENT IN HEALTH CARE | CAMBRIDGE UNIV PRESS | Published : 2006

Abstract

BACKGROUND: Endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP) is considered the gold standard for imaging of the biliary tract but is associated with complications. Less invasive imaging techniques, such as magnetic resonance cholangiopancreatography (MRCP), have a much lower complication rate. The accuracy of MRCP is comparable to that of ERCP, and MRCP may be more effective and cost-effective, particularly in cases for which the suspected prevalence of disease is low and further intervention can be avoided. A model was constructed to compare the effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of MRCP and ERCP in patients with a previous history of cholecystectomy, presenting with abdominal pain a..

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