MR and MRCP in the evaluation of primary sclerosing cholangitis: Current applications and imaging findings

Khaled M. Elsayes, Erica P. Oliveira, Vamsidhar R. Narra, Hatem A. Abou El Abbass, Moustafa I. Ahmed, Ranista Tongdee, Jeffrey J. Brown

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Abstract

Primary sclerosing cholangitis is a progressive cholestatic disease of unknown etiology leading to cirrhosis and liver failure. Several imaging modalities have been used to study this disease, including ultrasonography, computed tomography and hepatobiliary scintigraphy, but accurate diagnosis was found to be best made with endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography or direct cholangiography. However, these 2 methods are invasive and may produce serious complications. Magnetic resonance cholangiopancreatography is a noninvasive imaging technique that has become very useful for diagnosing primary sclerosing cholangitis. Contrast enhanced magnetic resonance imaging provides pertinent information of extraductal abnormalities in addition to biliary ductal changes.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)398-404
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of computer assisted tomography
Volume30
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - May 1 2006

Keywords

  • Magnetic resonance cholangiopancreatography
  • Magnetic resonance imaging
  • Primary sclerosing cholangitis

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