CDI Miami | Tuesday June 10, 2014

Abdominal and Pancreatic Scans with MRCP

Ultrasonography (US) and computed tomography (CT) scanning have been the standard non-invasive techniques for showing abdominal and pancreatic diseases. Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and endoscopic ultrasound Miami options have also been known to show excellent results.  Now, magnetic resonance cholangiopancreatography (MRCP) is a new non-invasive scan option that shows fluid in the abdominal and pancreatic ducts in a 3-D image.

The magnetic resonance cholangiopancreatography (MRCP) examination is quickly replacing other diagnostic endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP) examinations for scanning the abdominal and pancreatic ducts in many practical digital medical imaging centers. Despite this increase in popularity, many magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) radiographers still find aspects of the MRCP examination quite challenging.

Although MRCP is a relatively new technique for viewing the abdominal and pancreatic ducts, usually no contrast medium has to be administered for MRCP, unlike other scanning techniques. MRCP uses magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) to produce more detailed pictures.

Magnetic resonance imaging uses radiofrequency waves directed at the body to activate certain atoms in the molecules of water in the body. This is done in a strong magnetic field, which causes the protons in the nuclei of these atoms to line up, rather than face random positions. These protons emit radio signals when they return to their natural alignment. The signals are used to build a computerized image that shows differences in body tissues based on the amount of certain molecules in them. This enables extremely detailed pictures to be obtained of the abdominal and pancreatic ducts.

MRCP is an outpatient procedure that involves lying very still in an MRI scanner for several minutes at a time. This scan does not cause any pain and the entire scan should be over in around twenty minutes. Having an MRCP scan does not require any radiation exposure.

Magnetic resonance imaging, MRI Miami, however, is a test that uses radio frequency pulses and a computer to give detailed pictures of organs, tissues, bones, and a lot of other internal body structures. The magnetic resonance cholangiopancreatography (MRCP) is a special type of this MRI MRA scan.

MRCP scans are used to examine diseases of the liver, gallbladder, bile ducts, pancreas, and pancreatic duct; evaluate patients with pancreatitis to detect the underlying cause; help to diagnose unexplained abdominal pain; and provide a less invasive alternative to endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP). ERCP is a diagnostic procedure that combines endoscopy, which uses an illuminated optical instrument to examine inside the body.

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