Letter: My wish for a MRCP program at LaGrange hospital

Published 12:00 am Saturday, July 4, 2015

To whom it may concern,

I am writing to express one of my fondest wishes, and that wish is that our local hospital, WGMC (West Georgia Medical Center) in LaGrange, Georgia, implement an MRCP (magnetic resonance cholangiopancreatography) program 24/7!!! Advertise its availability and, when prescribed by a physician, insurance will fund the cost.

MRCP is a MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) radiology sound wave slicer technology echo device, and today’s procedure model is extremely accurate in diagnosing biliary tree (vessels that direct secretions from the liver, gallbladder and pancreas) obstructions! According to the American College of Gastroenterology, concurrent acute pancreatitis attacks require MRCP/ERCP (endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography).

The main reason that a MRCP is needed rather than the old obsolete CAT (computerized axial tomography) scan testing is that CAT scan is inaccurate and cannot see the biliary tree and the pancreas clearly, and the view can be blocked by the shadow of a bone. With MRCP the accuracy is amazing, and shadows of bone do not block sound waves and (are) able to visualize stones, diverticulum of gook, bile and inflammation.

Priority one, from my point of view, is that no new patients suffer from two years of undetected common bile duct stones that turned into life-threatening septic shock, necrosis of pancreas and massive infections. And on a scale of 1 to 9 of mortality, I was a 7, meaning it is a miracle that I am alive after transport to Emory Atlanta with MRCP/ERCP certified technicians (and) physicians, excellent medical testing (and) treatments – both therapeutic as well as diagnostic – coupled with me and my loved ones trusting in “miracle results from God.”

Another miracle could be that West Georgia Medical Center hospital in LaGrange also incorporate an ERCP program 24/7 (with) staffed, trained, qualified physician technicians in a fully certified facility, (which) could happen with WellStar programs.


Beverly J. Rose