An MRI uses magnetic waves and computers to make pictures of the inside of the body. A magnetic resonance cholangiopancreatography (MRCP) is a special type of MRI scan. It is used to make pictures of the hepatobiliary and pancreatic systems.

MRCP is used to examine the:

  • Liver
  • Gall bladder
  • Bile ducts, which are tube-like structure that carry bile
  • Pancreas and pancreatic ducts, which are tube-like structures that carry digestive enzymes

Your doctor may order this test to look for:

  • Cause of symptoms like abdominal pain or jaundice, which is a yellowing of the skin caused by liver problems
  • Conditions like pancreatitis, which is swelling of the pancreas
  • Blockages—may be caused by bile duct stones
  • Growths—like tumors

Severe Pancreatitis
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