Abdominal MRI scan

What is an Abdominal MRI Scan?

An abdominal MRI scan is a type of imaging test that uses magnetic fields and radio waves to take detailed pictures of the structures inside your abdomen. The abdomen is the area of the body between the chest and the pelvis. The images produced from an abdominal MRI can help to diagnose many different conditions including cancer, organ abnormalities, or other diseases.

How Should I Prepare for my Abdominal MRI Scan?

Preparation for an abdominal MRI scan typically requires a few simple steps. Your doctor may also advise you to fast for a certain amount of time before the scan; they will let you know if special instructions are required.

  • You may be asked to remove certain articles of clothing and put on a robe during the scan.
  • If you have any metal jewelry or objects on you, you may be asked to remove them before your scan.
  • If you wear any metal objects such as body piercings, you may need to remove them as well.
  • Your doctor may also give you instructions about eating and drinking prior to the scan.

What Happens During an Abdominal MRI Scan?

An abdominal MRI scan typically lasts between 30 and 60 minutes. During the scan, you will need to lie very still on a mattress-like platform inside the machine. The machine produces a loud humming noise during the scan, and you may be given earplugs to help block out the noise. You also may be given an intravenous line (IV) for sedative medications or a contrast agent to improve the visibility of your organs on the scan.

Types of Abdominal MRI Scans

There are several different types of abdominal MRI scans that can be used to diagnose different conditions. An abdominal-pelvic MRI scan is the most commonly ordered abdominal MRI scan; it takes detailed images of the abdominal and pelvic areas.

  • A gastric MRI scan is used to examine the stomach and surrounding organs.
  • A liver MRI scan is used to look for tumors, inflammation, and other abnormal growths in the liver.
  • A pancreatic MRI scan is used to look for tumors or other abnormal growths in the pancreas.
  • An abdominal-pelvic MRI scan with contrast is used to look for tumors, inflammation, or other abnormal growths.

Risks Associated with an Abdominal MRI Scan

Most abdominal MRI scans are considered to be safe and relatively free of risks. However, there are still some risks associated with the procedure. These risks can include allergic reactions to the contrast dye used for the scan, or you may experience claustrophobia while inside the machine.

Why is an Abdominal MRI Scan Performed?

An abdominal MRI scan is typically performed to diagnose or monitor a variety of conditions. It can be used to detect tumors, cysts, or other abnormal growths in the abdominal area. It can also be used to diagnose conditions such as pancreatitis, liver disease, and appendicitis. An abdominal MRI can also be used to follow the progress of certain diseases or to monitor the effectiveness of treatments.

When is an Abdominal MRI Scan Needed?

An abdominal MRI scan may be recommended in several different situations. Your doctor may order an abdominal MRI scan if you are experiencing unexplained abdominal pain or if they are concerned about a tumor or other suspicious growth. An abdominal MRI may also be recommended if your doctor suspects you have a condition of the liver, gallbladder, or pancreas, or if they are monitoring the progress of an existing condition.