Know Everything about MRCP Scan in India – Cost, Procedure, Risks, Preparation

Complete Guide to MRCP Scan in India / MRCP Test Cost in India

Here is a comprehensive guide to MRCP scan by labsadvisor.com, India’s largest medical test platform. The guide will cover all the details regarding the scan under following topics:

  1. What is the cost of MRCP Scan in India?
  2. What is an MRCP Scan?
  3. What are the uses of MRCP Scan?
  4. How does the MRCP work?
  5. How should I prepare for the MRCP Scan?
  6. How is the MRCP Scan performed?
  7. What are the side-effects and complications of MRCP Scan?
  8. What are the limitations of MRCP Scan?

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What is the cost of MRCP in India ?

MRCP Test Cost in India varies between ₹ 2700 to ₹ 12000 depending on the lab and the city. Through LabsAdvisor.com, you always get the best price offered by a lab. In the table given below, the MRCP Test Cost in given for different cities of India.

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MRCP Scan Test in Indian Cities LabsAdvisor.com Cost of MRCP Test
MRCP Scan Test Cost in Delhi ₹ 2700
MRCP Scan Test Cost in Noida ₹ 2700
MRCP Scan Test Cost in Gurgaon ₹ 3000
MRCP Scan Test Cost in Mumbai ₹ 9775
MRCP Scan Test Cost in Bangalore ₹ 4200
MRCP Scan Test Cost in Hyderabad ₹ 5200
MRCP Scan Test Cost in Chennai ₹ 6375

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What is an MRCP Scan?

Magnetic Resonance Cholangiography was introduced in 1991. It is a special type of MRI exam used to diagnose medical conditions related to the liver, gall bladder, bile ducts and pancreas. It is a non-invasive procedure that creates detailed images of internal organs using powerful magnetic fields and radio waves. A computer attached to the MRI unit produces images on a monitor and can be printed or copied on a CD. The detailed images produced by MRI machine is evaluated by the doctor to detect the presence of certain diseases.

What are the uses of MRCP Scan?

 The MRCP test may be prescribed to you for one of the following reasons:

  • To check your liver, bile ducts, pancreas or pancreatic ducts for stones, tumours or infection
  • To investigate the cause of pancreatitis which is an inflammation of pancreas.
  • To Identify possible reasons for abdominal pain.
  • To investigate the cause of Jaundice
  • To diagnose the condition called Primary sclerosing cholangitis. This condition causes narrowing of the bile ducts and is commonly associated with inflammatory bowel disease.
  • MRCP be recommended to help diagnose cancer of bile ducts or pancreatic cancer.
  • MRCP is a safer alternative to ERCP which involves endoscopy.

How does MRCP work ?

Human body is mostly water. The proton of the hydrogen atom of water molecule get aligned in a magnetic field. An MRI scanner applies a very strong magnetic field which aligns these protons. The scanner also produce radio waves that creates varying magnetic field. The protons absorb energy from these varying magnetic field and produce spin. As the field is turned off the protons return to their normal spin producing a radio signal. These radio signals are measured by the receivers in the scanner and then transformed into an image. The signal emitted from different body tissues varies as the protons in different tissues of the body realign at different speeds. Thus, harder tissues can be distinguished from softer tissues on the basis of the signals sent.

The differentiation of abnormal tissue from the normal tissues is better with MRI than the other imaging modalities like CT scan, x-ray or ultrasound.

How should I prepare for MRCP ?

Your diagnostic centre or hospital will give you information about the requirements before the scan.

Usually you are instructed not to eat or drink anything for several hours before the procedure.

You may be required to take contrast material either orally or by injection.You should inform the radiologist beforehand if you have allergies of any kind including food and drug, hives or allergic asthma.

The radiologist should also be informed if you have any serious health problem or surgeries you have undergone.

Contrast material cannot be used on patients with kidney conditions. The doctor should be informed accordingly.

If you are pregnant then inform your doctor. Pregnant women especially in their first trimester should avoid MRI scan unless it is absolutely necessary.

 If you have a fear of enclosed space, your doctor may prescribe you a mild sedative to be taken prior to the exam.

Leave your jewellery and watch, credit cards at home or in the locker provided at the diagnostic centre. Metal and electronic items are not allowed in the MRCP room as they may interfere with the magnetic field of the MR unit. You should tell your radiologist if you have any medical or electronic device implanted in your body. The list includes

  • Pacemaker
  • Artificial heart valves
  • Implanted drug infusion ports
  • Metal coils placed within blood vessels
  • Implanted nerve simulators
  • Artificial limb or metallic joints
  • Metal pins, plates, screws, stent or surgical staples.

If you are not sure of the presence of device in your body, an X-ray can be done prior to MRCP to detect and identify the object.

Tooth fillings and braces usually are not affected by the magnetic field but may result in distorted images,so the radiologist should be informed.

You should notify the radiologist of any shrapnel, bullets, or other pieces of metal which may be present in your body due to prior accidents.

If the MRCP is for a young child, he might need to be sedated so that he can lie still during the procedure.If you are worried about the sedation, you should discuss it with your doctor. It will take a while for your child to recover from the sedation. The child will be discharged when the attending nurse feels that he is sufficiently awake to be sent home.

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How is MRCP Done ?

The MRCP is done at a radiology centre. You do not require to be admitted for the procedure. You will be asked to change into a gown free of metal fasteners. If a contrast material is used in the MRCP exam, a nurse will insert an IV catheter into a vein of your hand or your arm. A saline solution may be used to inject the contrast material.

You will be positioned onto a moving examination table and straps might be used to keep you in a still position. The moving table will slide into a unit around 1.5 m long surrounded by circular magnets. A device which can emit and receive radio signals is placed adjacent or around your body part to be scanned.

The computer workstation that processes the imaging information is located in a separate room from the scanner.You need to lie very still otherwise blurred images will be obtained. The scanner is noisy so you will be given earplugs or headphones to protect your ears from the noise.

You will be able to relax between imaging sequences, but will have to maintain your position as much as possible.If you were not sedated for the procedure, no recovery period is necessary. You can resume your usual activities and normal diet immediately after the scan.

A radiologist or a physician specifically trained to supervise and interpret radiology tests, will analyse the images and send a signed report to your doctor or referring physician, who will discuss the results with you.

What are the side effects or complications of MRCP Scan ?

MRCP scan is painless and non-invasive. It does not involve any exposure to ionising radiation.

Rarely, some people have reaction to contrast material. Such reactions are usually mild and can be easily controlled by medicines.

The needle or the catheter may cause slight discomfort. There is a small chance of skin irritation but that too goes away on its own.

People with poor kidney function may have a risk of developing Nephrogenic systemic fibrosis caused by the injection of high dose of gadolinium-based contrast material. Gadolinium based contrast should be avoided in such cases.

The oral contrast may have an unpleasant taste and can cause temporary fullness but is tolerable.

What are the Limitations of MRCP Test ?

MRCP scan carried out on people with metallic implants give incorrect images. Also some implants may start malfunctioning when they come under the contact of strong magnetic fields.

High quality images will be obtained only if one lays very still and also is able to hold breath when required. If somebody is anxious, in pain or severely injured; it is difficult for him to lie very still during the procedure.

MRCP is not recommended for pregnant ladies especially if they are in the first trimester of their pregnancy as the strong magnetic field may harm the foetus.

People who are of very large size may not fit into the openings of certain type of MRI units.

How to book an MRCP Scan?

Please give us a call on 08882668822 to book your MRCP Scan in India. You can also download our Android App ‘LabsAdvisor’ from Google Play store to book the test online. If you want a call back, please fill out the form given at the start of the article.

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