Diagnostic Accuracy of Magnetic Resonance Cholangio- Pancreatography in Choledocholithiasis

Nasreen Naz, Ummme Aymen


Objectives: To estimate the diagnostic accuracy of MRCP in the detection of bile duct calculi in patients with obstructive jaundice using ERCP as gold standard. Study Design: This is a cross sectional study. The study was conducted at Department of Diagnostic Radiology and Imaging Civil Hospital Karachi, from 01-08-2013 to 31-12-2014. Materials & Methods: This study comprises 249 cases of clinically observed obstructive jaundice which were referred by hospital consultants or by general practitioner to the Radiology Department for Magnetic Resonance Cholangio-Pancreatography (MRCP). Inclusion criteria were Patients of either gender between 26- 70 years of age with obstructive jaundice, raised direct bilirubin levels of 3 mg/dl and above, raised alkaline phosphatase levels and abdominal ultrasound showed suspicion of stone in dilated or non-dilated common bile duct. Previously Diagnosed cases of Choledocholithiasis, patients of chronic liver disease and those for which MRI is contraindicated such as those with surgical clips, braces were excluded from the study. Standard MRI technique carried out for evaluation of bile duct calculi in obstructive jaundice patients. Its features were carefully evaluated in terms of presence and absence of calculus / calculi, dilatation of CBD and pancreatic duct and presence of intrahepatic cholestasis by the consultant radiologist. Data entered and Statistical analyses were carried out by using SPSS version 17. Sensitivity, specificity, diagnostic accuracy positive and negative predictable values were calculated. Mean and frequency distribution for ages and gender was calculated respectively. Results: Mean age of the patients was 45.54 ±11.352 years. Gender distribution shows, 42 patients (17%) were male while remaining 207 patients (83%) were female. True positive cases for stones were 145 (58%) and false positive cases were 80 (32%). Positive predictive value was 91.77%, negative predictive value 87.91% with sensitivity 92.95%, specificity 86.02% and Diagnostic accuracy were found to be 90.36%. Conclusion: It is conclude that Magnetic Resonance Cholangio-Pancreatography (MRCP) is a safe, precise, relatively fast, with no ionizing radiation and non-invasive imaging modality for the assessment of common bile duct stones in patients of obstructive jaundice. The result of this study recommends that MR Imaging showed high Sensitivity and positive predictive values in the detection of bile duct calculi.


Bile duct calculi, choledodholithiasis, ERCP, MRI, MRCP, obstructive jaundice positive predictive value, negative predictive value

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