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How can MRI and MRCP help diagnose EPI?

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The MRI machine uses a magnet to take detailed pictures of your insides. You’ll lie on a padded table, and it will slide until your upper belly is under the magnet. You’ll be awake for it, but if you get anxious in small, tight spaces, the doctor might give you a drug to help you relax. You won’t have to stay overnight in the hospital. An MRCP is a special kind of MRI that focuses on your bile ducts and ducts in your pancreas. The MRI takes about 35 minutes. The MRCP takes about 10 minutes.

From: Why Is EPI Hard to Diagnose? WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

Cleveland Clinic: “Disease and Conditions, Fecal elastase test.”

Dominguez-Munoz, J. , June 2011. Gastroenterology & Hepatology

The National Pancreas Foundation: “Exocrine Pancreatic Insufficiency,” “Pancreas Endoscopic Ultrasound (EUS).”

The National Pancreas Foundation: “Pancreas Endoscopic Ultrasound (EUS).”

Medscape: “Exocrine Pancreatic Insufficiency Clinical Presentation,” “Exocrine Pancreatic Insufficiency: Seen but Not Recognized?”

University of Rochester Medical Center: “Trypsinogen (blood).”

RadiologyInfo.org: “Magnetic Resonance Cholangiography/Pancreatography (MRCP).”

The Pancreas Center: “Non-Invasive Tests.”

FARE: “Shellfish.”

St. Michael’s: “Medical Imagine: CT (CAT) Scan.”

Reviewed by Brunilda Nazario on December 14, 2018

SOURCES:

Cleveland Clinic: “Disease and Conditions, Fecal elastase test.”

Dominguez-Munoz, J. , June 2011. Gastroenterology & Hepatology

The National Pancreas Foundation: “Exocrine Pancreatic Insufficiency,” “Pancreas Endoscopic Ultrasound (EUS).”

The National Pancreas Foundation: “Pancreas Endoscopic Ultrasound (EUS).”

Medscape: “Exocrine Pancreatic Insufficiency Clinical Presentation,” “Exocrine Pancreatic Insufficiency: Seen but Not Recognized?”

University of Rochester Medical Center: “Trypsinogen (blood).”

RadiologyInfo.org: “Magnetic Resonance Cholangiography/Pancreatography (MRCP).”

The Pancreas Center: “Non-Invasive Tests.”

FARE: “Shellfish.”

St. Michael’s: “Medical Imagine: CT (CAT) Scan.”

Reviewed by Brunilda Nazario on December 14, 2018

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