Breath-hold projection magnetic resonance-cholangio-pancreaticography (MRCP): a new method for the examination of the bile and pancreatic ducts

Magn Reson Med. 1995 Jan;33(1):18-23. doi: 10.1002/mrm.1910330104.


Breath-hold MR cholangio-pancreaticography using the RARE method was evaluated as a noninvasive alternative to direct cholangio-pancreaticography in 30 healthy volunteers and in 30 patients with various diseases of the respective duct systems. In contrast to 3D MR cholangiography, RARE MRCP generates projection images requiring a 4-s acquisition time and no postprocessing. Diagnostic information gained from the cholangio-pancreaticograms was fully equivalent to that of conventional x-ray imaging by invasive procedures. Additional information was gained whenever endoscopic access was impossible and/or cystic malformations were present.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Bile Duct Diseases / diagnosis*
  • Bile Ducts / pathology*
  • Cholestasis / diagnosis*
  • Feasibility Studies
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Image Processing, Computer-Assisted
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging / methods*
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Pancreatic Ducts / pathology*
  • Pancreatic Neoplasms / diagnosis*
  • Prospective Studies
  • Time Factors