MRCP scan/gall stones

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I had an mrcp scan today and was told by my gp that i would probably have a contrast material used( dye injected into the body ).They didnt use this is on me and although i questioned why they explained its not always necessary?

I am now wondering if the scan was thorough enough without using this dye.

has anyone else been through a similiar experience?

My investigations are for gall stones and pancreas problems.


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    Hi Rosie

    I had MRCP scan also without contrast. Unlike the ultrasound that only showed enlarged bile duct the MRCP scan showed stone in bile duct and stones in the gallbladder

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      Hi Sam

      Thank you for your reply,thats helpful to know,puts my mind at rest.

      I had my gall bladder removed in 2014 but im experiencing pains agian so they are investigating what might be causing the pain.

      Hope you got yours sorted out and feeling pain free.


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    I've had them both without and with dye.  There are all sorts of different scans and they all do different things. 

    Hope you get sorted soon. 

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      Hi little miss dolly

      I wonder if you could shine some light on something.i have had an mrcp done and it didn't show any bile duct problems or gall stones/sludge left over from gb surgery.the dr wants to do a ct scan on my pancreas.but I thought that an mrcp scan shows up better than a ct scan? I'm happy to have one but will this show up anything more than a mrcp scan.

      I'm confused! What did u have done?

      Thanks so much

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      Hi Rosie,

      I had everything done.  I had 9 scans done last year and there still needed to operate to go in and visible look. 

      The best scan seemed to be the CT scan.  This will show where there are issues generally then they can take it from there.  So, with the CT scan if there is an issue with the pancreas it will show up then they can do more specialist scans on that particular area.

      The ct scans I had used the contrast dye you talked about initially.

      With your mrcp, they probably just focused on your biile duct and gallbladder.  They probably didn't look at the pancreas. 

      There is a tendency to think that a scan will show everything, but they just concentrate on whatever particular area has been requested.

      It is confusing!  As I say, I had lots of different scans with and without dye.  Just go with it and hopefully you will get some answers soon.  Good luck.

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      Hi little miss dolly

      Thank you so much for your message,that is very helpful and helps me to understand what is going on,I appreciate you replying so quickly.

      You poor thing it sounds like you have had lots of trouble and trauma and been through the are things with your health now?

      Yes your right,you presume that they will be looking at everything but I understand that different scans show up different things.i had my gall bladder removed in 2014 so the mrcp was looking at bile ducts and I presumed also pancreas.

      I will also be having an Ercp on my stomach.

      Thanks again for replying x

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      Hi Rosie,

      No worries.  Happy to help.

      Ah, thank you, I'm doing so much better now thank you and starting to get back to normality after a really rough time.

      I had my first operation in 2013 but had to have further surgery.  I won't bore you with all the details, and mine was very rare and rather an exceptional case. 

      What I would say to you is that if you are having issues then you are doing exactly the right thing by pursuing it and getting it all investigated.

      Good luck.

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