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What is an MRCP test?

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The magnetic resonance cholangiopancreatography (MCRP) test is a specialized MRI that takes images of the hepatobiliary and pancreatic systems. The NYU Langone Medical Center states that the liver, gall bladder, bile ducts and pancreas are the most common organs scanned with an MCRP test.

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The most common reasons a doctor may order a MCRP test is to evaluate symptoms related to abdominal pain or jaundice, according to the NYU Langone Medical Center. Other reasons an MCRP scan is conducted is to look for pancreatitis, blockages caused by bile duct stones or growths such as tumors. Rarely, complications occur from the test that are related to the contrast dye. Some patients may exhibit symptoms of an allergic reaction or kidney problems that should be discussed with the doctor prior to the test. Patients with medical devices or metal inside the body should discuss alternative options with their doctor as well. Before the test, the contrast dye is administered Intravenously in the hand or arm. Patients are provided a mild sedative to relax during the test. During the test, the patient must lie perfectly still while images of the organs and ducts within the abdomen are taken. The test can last anywhere from 15 to 45 minutes.

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