MRCP is a type of Magnetic Resonance Imaging test which is useful in detecting pancreatic cancer.
Magnetic resonance cholangiopancreatography (MRCP) is a type of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) exam that helps in the detailed examination of the organs like liver, bile ducts, gallbladder, pancreas as well as pancreatic duct. It is noninvasive in nature and uses strong magnetic field combined with radio frequency pulses to bring out elaborate images of internal organs, soft tissues and bones. This test is quite useful in exploring pancreas to detect pancreatic cancer. The images obtained can be analyzed by a doctor to evaluate presence and spread of cancer to the surrounding body parts.
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Pancreatic Cancer is divided into 5 Stages ranging from Stage 0 to Stage IV. The Stage 0 Cancer is present only in the superficial part of the pancreas and Stage IV Cancer is present in the pancreas and has spread to lungs, liver or bones.