Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is a non-invasive exam that allows physicians to look inside the body to diagnose medical conditions. It is an important exam that can lead to early detection and treatment of disease.
MR imaging uses a powerful magnetic field to produce detailed pictures of organs, soft tissues, bone and other internal body structures. The images can then be examined on a computer monitor. There is no radiation used with an MRI exam.
Detailed images allow physicians to better evaluate parts of the body and determine whether there is a certain disease present. MRI is more accurate at diagnosing certain diseases that may not be assessed adequately with other imaging exams such as x-ray, ultrasound or CT scans.
Why is this Exam Done?
How Does an MRI Help Me and My Medical Team?
Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) is one form of imaging used by physicians to obtain clinically useful diagnostic information. Incorporating advanced technology, MRI produces images of anatomy without the use of radiation required with other imaging modalities such as x-ray or computed tomography. MRI combines the physical properties of strong magnetic fields with radio waves to produce computer-generated soft tissue images within any plane of the body. This popular imaging technique can be used as a primary diagnostic tool to provide a quick and accurate diagnosis for your physician. In some situations, this procedure can reduce the need for further diagnostic procedures or invasive procedures, such as exploratory surgery, that may have associated complications.
How Does an MRI Operate?
What Do I Have to Do to Prepare for an MRI Exam?
Are All MRIs the Same?
What Else Do I Need to Know?
- Please inform the technologist if you are pregnant or think you may be pregnant.
- You will be asked to wear a gown during the exam. You will be asked to remove undergarments that have any metal fasteners.
- Guidelines about eating and drinking before an MRI exam vary. Follow your daily routine unless told otherwise.
- You will be asked if you have any known allergies to contrast.
- Please let the technologist know if you have any serious health problems. You can not be given contrast if you have certain health conditions, such as kidney disease.
- Jewelry and other metal objects can not be worn during the exam. Please try to leave them at home if possible.
- You should tell the technologist if you have any implanted medical devices or anything metal in your body. These may interfere with the exam or be dangerous to have an MRI because of the strength of the MRI magnet.
What Are the Benefits and Risks?
The benefits of MRI of the Abdomen/Pelvis:
- No radiation exposure
- Allows for accurate diagnosis for a broad range of condition and diseases including heart disease, cancer and muscular and bone disorders
Risks you should be aware of:
- Implanted medical devices that contain metal may malfunction or cause problems during an MRI exam
- There is a very slight risk of an allergic reaction if contrast is injected. Our highly skilled physicians are on hand for immediate assistance should you need assistance
Where Can I Get This Exam?
MRI is performed at the locations: