ERCP Procedure Combines Endoscopy and Imaging
Gastroenterologists use a procedure called endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancratography, or ERCP, to diagnose and treat problems in the bile and pancreatic ducts that may be blocked or constricted due to:
- Scarring, or sclerosis
- Valves in the ducts not opening properly
GastroEnterology Center Specialists Identify Blockages and Signs of Cancer
During this procedure, GastroEnterology Center specialists use a custom scope with a side view, perfect for threading a small “straw” up through the sphincter, or muscular door, and into the biliary tree, which leads to the liver, or the pancreatic duct.
Once the scope is inserted, the gastroenterologist can use injected dye that shows up on an x-ray to look for blockages or narrowed passageways. ERCP also allows us to look for evidence of cancer or collect suspicious cells using tiny brushes.
ERCP Preparation Instructions (1265 KB)
Patient Responsibilities Acknowledgement (119 KB)