Magnetic Resonance Cholangiopancreatography (MRCP)

Home Facing Pancreatic Cancer Diagnosis Magnetic Resonance Cholangiopancreatography (MRCP)

Image courtesy of Jason Klapman, MD, Moffitt Cancer Center

MRCP is a special type of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). It uses computer software that specifically images pancreatic and bile ducts, which are often the site of tumors.  Fluid naturally present in the ducts serves as a contrast substance.  MRCP is an excellent tool for visualizing pancreatic cysts and blockages in the ducts. An MRCP can be done at the same time as an MRI.

MRCP provides a similar picture as ERCP, but without the risks of an invasive ERCP procedure.  MRCP may be used in place of ERCP to diagnose pancreatic cancer if a stent placement to alleviate jaundice, is not required.

Jaundice or abnormal liver function can also be caused by other conditions such as bile duct stones, tumors in the small intestine or a type of pancreatic tumor called intraductal papillary mucinous neoplasm (IPMN).  MRCP may be used to diagnose these conditions.


Image courtesy of Jason Klapman, MD, Moffitt Cancer Center


Information provided by the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network, Inc. (“PanCAN”) is not a substitute for medical advice, diagnosis, treatment or other health care services. PanCAN may provide information to you about physicians, products, services, clinical trials or treatments related to pancreatic cancer, but PanCAN does not recommend nor endorse any particular health care resource. In addition, please note that any personal information you provide to PanCAN’s associates during telephone and/or email communications may be stored and used to help PanCAN achieve its mission of assisting patients with, and finding cures and treatments for, pancreatic cancer. Stored constituent information may be used to inform PanCAN programs and activities. Information also may be provided in aggregate or limited formats to third parties to guide future pancreatic cancer research and treatment efforts. PanCAN will not provide personal directly identifying information (such as your name or contact information) to such third parties without your prior written consent unless required or permitted by law to do so.

Wage Hope With Us

Join us to double pancreatic cancer survival by 2020.

Gear, apparel, accessories and more to show off your purple pride.

Shop Now 

©2018 Pancreatic Cancer Action Network. All rights reserved.

Pancreatic Cancer Action Network®, PanCAN®, PurpleStride®, Wage Hope®, Know Your Tumor®, Powerful Knowledge. Personal Treatment.®, Precision PromiseSM and Demand Better For Patients. For Survival.SM are the trademarks of the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network, Inc.

The Pancreatic Cancer Action Network is registered as a 501©3 nonprofit organization. Contributions to the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network are tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law. The Pancreatic Cancer Action Network’s tax identification number is #33-0841281.