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Diagnostic Imaging Studies

Magnetic Resonance Cholangiopancreatography (MRCP)

How it works? MRCP is a special kind of MRI scan enabling the physician to visualize the bile and pancreatic ducts in a non-invasive way. This is particularly helpful since tumors typically arise in the ducts. At the Pancreas Center, this is a very important test in determining if the patient is a suitable surgical candidate.

What to expect: The MRCP procedure is normally performed concurrently with an MRI study. You will be required to lie on a bed in a narrow tube throughout the study's duration.

Considerations: The same considerations apply to an MRCP procedure as with a regular abdominal MRI. You should be aware that you may feel claustrophobic and be disturbed by the loud noises that the machine makes. You must also lie very still throughout the procedure.

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