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Accuracy of MRCP compared to ERCP in the diagnosis of bile duct disorders

Delmé Hurter, Coert De Vries, Pierre Potgieter, Renald Barry, Frikkie Botha, Gina Joubert
South African Journal of Radiology | Vol 12, No 1 | a580 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/sajr.v12i1.580 | © 2008 Delmé Hurter, Coert De Vries, Pierre Potgieter, Renald Barry, Frikkie Botha, Gina Joubert | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 25 February 2008 | Published: 05 March 2008

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Delmé Hurter,, South Africa
Coert De Vries,, South Africa
Pierre Potgieter,, South Africa
Renald Barry,, South Africa
Frikkie Botha,, South Africa
Gina Joubert,, South Africa

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AIM: To determine the accuracy of Magnetic Resonance Cholangiopancreatography compared to the gold standard Endoscopic Retrograde Cholangiopancreatography in the diagnosis of bile duct disorders at our institution. PATIENTS AND METHODS: 52 patients with suspected pancreatobiliary pathology were included in this prospective observational study. MRCP was performed in the 24-hour period prior to the ERCP. RESULTS: MRCP had sensitivity, specificity, positive and negative predictive values of 87%, 80%, 83.3% and 84.2% respectively for choledocholitiasis which correlates well with results obtained in other parts of the world. CONCLUSION: At our institution, MRCP has high diagnostic accuracy for bile duct calculi. Due to a small study population, results for other biliary pathology were inconclusive


MRCP;ERCP;Bile;Duct;imaging;MRCP vs ERCP;pancreaticobiliary


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