Magnetic Resonance Cholangiopancreatography (MRCP)

What is an MRI for Pancreas?

Magnetic resonance cholangiopancreatography (MRCP) is a painless radiology exam which may be performed to help visualize the biliary and pancreatic ducts in a non-invasive manner. It aids doctors in visualizing pancreatic cysts and blockages in the ducts.

Who should get a Pancreas MRI?

Your doctor may order an MRI for the Pancreas to check your liver, bile ducts, gallbladder and pancreas for gallstones, tumors, infection or inflammation. In patients with pancreatitis, an MRCP may be performed using a medication called Secretin to assess for long term scarring and to determine the amount of healthy pancreatic function and secretions.

Is there radiation involved?

No. An MRI is a painless radiology technique that has the advantages of avoiding radiation exposure.

When will I receive my results?

Once completed, you will receive your results within 3-5 business days in your LabFinder portal.

How do I prepare? Do I need to fast?

Please refer to the simple preparation guidelines or consult with your doctor or radiology center where you are being treated. Do not forget to bring your LabFinder Order and Insurance Card to your appointment.

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