|ERCP – the role of radiologist or what the endoscopist needs to know
G. Manova, M. Totev
Endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP) is an interdisciplinary endoscopic-radiologic method for diagnosis and treatment of the diseases of the biliary and pancreatic ducts. The procedure requires an excellent technical experience and high professional qualification of the medical team. The cannulation of the papilla of Vater and the contrast imaging of the hepatobiliary tree and the pancreatic duct need co-operation between the radiologist and endoscopist for interpretation of the findings – malignant or benign stenosis, choledocholithiasis, iatrogenic lesions. The undertaken endoscopic therapeutic procedures are performed under fluoroscopic guidance as well as the subsequent assessment of their effectivity – stone extraction, stent placement, etc. The good collaboration of the team during each stage of the procedure can guarantee its success.
|Key words: ERCP. ENDOSCOPY. RADIOLOGY|