MRCP (Magnetic Resonance Cholangiopancreatography)
Magnetic resonance cholangio-(bile duct)-pancreato-(pancreas)-graphy-(picture) is an abdominal MRI that concentrates on the biliary and pancreatic ducts. It is usually used to look for gallstones, though it can also show tumors, inflammation and infection as well. Biliary ducts are tubes that carry bile to and from the gallbladder while the pancreatic duct carries pancreatic juice from the pancreas. Both are important tools in the digestion process. These are common places that can be affected by gallstone formation, which can lead to further complications.
The MRCP is non-invasive and much safer than an endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP), which is also commonly used to create images of the biliary and pancreatic ducts.
This study does not require any special preparation.