MRI of the Abdomen/Pelvis
An MRI of the abdomen is commonly performed to diagnose issues in the liver, gallbladder, biliary tract, digestive tract, kidneys, spleen, bowel, pancreas, and adrenal glands. An MRI of the pelvis is commonly used to evaluate organs such as the bladder and reproductive organs, rectum, anus and pelvic bones. These tests can be combined or ordered as stand-alone exams. They can also be used to evaluate blood vessels and lymph nodes.
MRI uses radio waves and a strong magnetic field rather than x-rays, so there is no radiation involved.
Your MRI exam may or may not require an injection of contrast material called gadolinium. Patients are much less likely to be allergic to gadolinium contrast than to iodine contrast.
If the contrast agent is used, a technologist will insert an intravenous catheter (IV line) into a vein in your hand or arm. The contrast material will be injected into the IV line after an initial series of scans, then more images are taken.
Our wide-bore scanners allow for your comfort and calm. You will be placed into the magnet of the MRI unit. The technologist will perform the exam while working at a computer outside of the room and will be in contact with you throughout the exam.
Planning for your procedure
Special Note: To prepare for your MRI of the pelvis, drink plenty of fluids before your exam to ensure that you have a full bladder.
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