MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) is a test that uses a magnetic field and pulses of radio wave energy to make pictures of the organs and structures inside the body. An MRI of the abdomen (belly) can give your doctor information about your liver, pancreas, and kidneys and other structures in the belly.
When you have an MRI, you lie on a table and the table moves into the MRI machine.
An MRI of the belly can help find problems such as tumours and infections. It can also find bleeding and a blocked tube or stones in the tube that carries bile from the liver to the gallbladder (bile duct).
Talk to your doctor about all your health conditions before the test. For example, tell your doctor if:
For some MRI pictures of the belly, you may be asked to not eat or drink for several hours before the test.
Follow-up care is a key part of your treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse call line if you are having problems. It's also a good idea to keep a list of the medicines you take. Ask your doctor when you can expect to have your test results.
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Current as of: June 26, 2018
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
& E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine & Martin J. Gabica, MD - Family Medicine
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