What is it?
An abdominal MRI stands for abdominal magnetic resonance imaging. It is a minimally invasive procedure that allows for the evaluation of the abdomen and surrounding tissues.
Why is it done?
An abdominal MRI can assess the abdomen and its organs for tumors, inflammation, obstructions, infections, and other issues that may be occurring in the bowel. They can also help us determine whether or not treatment for IBD is working.
How does it work?
The procedure uses a magnetic field and radio waves to make pictures of organs and structures inside the abdomen.
What to expect
For an MRI, you are placed inside the magnet so that your belly is inside the strong magnetic field. In some cases, contrast material may be used during the MRI scan to show certain structures more clearly in the pictures. The contrast material may be used to check blood flow, find some types of tumors, and show areas of inflammation or infection.
In general, the test lasts about 30-60 minutes, but may take longer.
Let your doctor know if you…
- Are pregnant
- Have kidney issues
- Have any allergies
- Have any implanted medical devices (defibrillator, pacemaker, hearing aids, cochlear implants, etc)