An abdominal Magnetic Resonance Imaging scan, or MRI scan, is a minimally invasive diagnostic test that produces detailed images of the inside of the abdomen.
MR imaging can be used to identify or locate abnormalities, scan for developing problems, investigate damage from previous injuries, and aid in the planning of surgery. An MRI scan can produce images of any area within the abdominal cavity.
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Who Needs This Procedure?
Patients suffering from abdominal pain, abnormal organ function, or lack of blood flow may be asked to undergo an abdominal MRI test.
Women who are pregnant are advised not to undergo MRI procedures.
Preparing For The Procedure:
Patients should remove all metal objects from their person prior to the procedure, as the magnetic field of the exam unit may be interfered with. Notify your doctor of any implants, dental materials or other metal objects that are in your body, in order to minimize complications. Your doctor may advise you not to eat or drink before the procedure if a contrast material is being used.
During The Procedure:
The patient lays on the exam table for the entirety of the procedure. If necessary, a contrast material will be administered intravenously. While the MRI unit is capturing images, the exam table will move the patient through, building a 3D image. Most procedures last about 45 minutes.
What Will I Experience?
Some patients may feel anxious about being inside a traditional “closed” MRI machine. “Open” MRI units are available for patients who would prefer it, especially those with claustrophobia. However, the capabilities of the “open” MRI unit are usually less than that of a “closed” unit.
MRI technology offers detection of soft-tissue abnormalities in a non-invasive way. MRI does not emit radiation, making it a safe alternative to other imaging technology.