MR cholangiopancreatography (MRCP) at 0.5 T: Technique optimisation and preliminary results

P. Pavone, A. Laghi, C. Catalano, L. Broglia, A. Messina, A. Scipioni, M. Di Girolamo, R. Passariello

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle


The aim of our study was to evaluate the feasibility of MR cholangiopancreatography (MRCP) at 0.5 T. To our knowledge no previous studies of MRCP have been performed at mid-field strength. Thirty-one patients with dilated biliary systems were examined with three-dimensional MRCP. All patients were studied with a 0.5 T superconducting magnet. A three-dimensional turbo spin-echo (TSE) sequence was acquired (TR = 5000 ms, TE = 244 ms, echo train length = 45; acquisition time = 14 min 10 s). Coronal images were post-processed with the MIP algorithm. Recently, the parameters have been optimised (TR = 3000 ms, TE = 700 ms, echo train length = 128), reducing the acquisition time to 3 min. Endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP) was performed in 26 cases; 5 patients underwent percutaneous transhepatic cholangiography PTC. MRCP and ERCP images were evaluated by an experienced radiologist and an endoscopist. MRCP of diagnostic quality was acquired in all patients. Choledocholithiasis was correctly evaluated by MRCP in 12 of 12 patients, compared with 11 correct diagnoses by ERCP. The presence and the level of the stricture were accurately shown in 16 of 16 patients with MRCP and in 13 of 16 patients with ERCP. The peripheral biliary tree above the obstruction and pancreatic duct were better evaluated by MRCP in all cases. In 3 of 3 patients who had undergone bilio-enteric surgery, a correct evaluation of the site of the anastomosis was possible with MRCP. It is concluded that MRCP performed at mid-field strength allows good visualisation of the dilated biliary system. Excellent results have been obtained on comparison with ERCP. MRCP performed at mid-field strength could have the same clinical value as high field strength MRCP.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)147-152
Number of pages6
JournalEuropean Radiology
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1996


  • Bile ducts
  • MR
  • MR Bile ducts
  • Noeplasms Bile ducts
  • Rapid imaging Pancreatic duct
  • Stenosis or obstruction Magnetic resonance

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging
  • Radiological and Ultrasound Technology

Fingerprint Dive into the research topics of 'MR cholangiopancreatography (MRCP) at 0.5 T: Technique optimisation and preliminary results'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

  • Cite this

    Pavone, P., Laghi, A., Catalano, C., Broglia, L., Messina, A., Scipioni, A., Di Girolamo, M., & Passariello, R. (1996). MR cholangiopancreatography (MRCP) at 0.5 T: Technique optimisation and preliminary results. European Radiology, 6(2), 147-152.