MRI of the Abdomen
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.
- NPO: No food or liquids by mouth for 4-6 hours prior to your test time.
- Leave all valuables at home.
- You will be asked to wear a gown for the exam.
- You may follow your regular daily routine and take medications as usual.
- 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.
- 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.
- If you have metallic or electronic devices 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.