Endoscopic Retrograde Cholangiopancreatography (ERCP)
Endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP) is a diagnostic procedure that detects problems in the liver, gallbladder, bile ducts and pancreas. It is useful in diagnosing conditions like gallstones, inflammatory strictures, bile leaks and cancer.
ERCP combines the use of an endoscope with X-ray images to get the most detailed view of these organs. This dual diagnostic method can also obtain a biopsy or perform minor surgeries with instruments inserted through the endoscope. The ERCP procedure takes from 30 minutes to 2 hours. It is considered a painless procedure with little to no downtime and many benefits.