MRI Urogram (MRI of Abdomen/Pelvis for Kidneys Ureters and Bladder)

Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) helps doctors diagnose and treat medical conditions. MRI uses a powerful magnetic field, radio waves and a computer to produce detailed pictures of organs, soft tissues, bone and virtually all other internal body structures.

Procedure

  • You will be positioned on a moveable examination table.
  • You will be given earplugs to reduce the noise of the scanner, which produces loud thumping/tapping and humming noises during imaging.
  • A device that contains coils may be placed around or adjacent to the area of the body being studied.
  • You will be asked to remain still during the exam.
  • The moveable table will slide into the MRI scanner.
  • You will be given breathing instructions throughout your exam and asked to hold your breath.
  • Part way through the exam, the technologist will give you an injection of contrast material in a vein in your arm, and they will let you know when you will start feeling this.
  • You may feel a cooling sensation in your arm from the injection.
  • The technologist will then run additional scans to complete your exam.

Preparation

  • Leave all valuables at home.
  • You will be asked to wear a gown for the exam.
  • Patients 55 years or older and patients with a history of diabetes and/or renal disease require additional blood work including Creatinine within 3 months of procedure.
  • You may follow your regular daily routine and take medications as usual, with a small amount of water if needed.
  • No solid food by mouth for 4-6 hours prior to your test time.
  • Drink 32 oz of clear liquid (water, juice, pop, etc.) beginning 1 hour prior to your test. You may bring your beverage with you to the exam.
  • Arrive 30 minutes prior to your scheduled appointment with a prescription if your doctor has given one to you, insurance card, identification and a list of your current medications.
  • Bring product ID card for any implantable devices.

Considerations

  • The only cardiac pacemaker allowed for a MRI is the SureScan Pacing System by Metronic. If you have any other defibrillator or cardiac pacemaker, you cannot have the MRI.
  • If you have metallic or electronic devised implanted in your body, you must have documentation stating what they are.
  • Please note that our MRI equipment has a table weight limit with a starting range at 350 lbs.
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