Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) of the Abdomen
Metal parts in the eyes can damage the
retina. If you may have metal fragments in the eye, an
X-ray of the eyes may be done before the MRI. If metal is found, the MRI will
not be done.
Iron pigments in tattoos or tattooed eyeliner can
cause skin or eye irritation.
An MRI can cause a burn with some
medicine patches. Be sure to tell your doctor if you are wearing a
There is a slight chance of an
allergic reaction if contrast material is used during
the MRI. But most reactions are mild and can be treated using medicine.
Contrast material that contains gadolinium may cause a serious problem (called
nephrogenic systemic fibrosis) in people with
kidney failure. If you have decreased kidney function
or serious kidney disease, tell your doctor before having an MRI scan.
There also is a slight risk of an infection at the IV site if contrast
material was used.
Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is a test done with a large machine that uses a magnetic
field and pulses of radio wave energy to make pictures of organs and structures
inside the belly.
radiologist may discuss initial results of the MRI
with you right after the test. Complete results are usually available for your
doctor in 1 to 2 days.
An MRI scan can sometimes find a problem in
a tissue or an organ that is not seen by
CT scan, even when the size and shape of the tissue or
organ looks normal.
Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) of the abdomen
| Normal: |
The organs and blood vessels are normal in
size, shape, and location.
No abnormal growths, such as tumors, are
No blockage is found in the ducts draining
the liver, gallbladder, or pancreas.
No blockage is found in the tubes (ureters) that lead out of the kidneys.
No bleeding, abnormal collections of fluid,
blockage in the flow of blood, or bulges in the blood vessels (aneurysms) are present.
No signs of inflammation or infection are
| Abnormal: |
An organ is too large, too small, or in
the wrong place. The MRI also may show areas of scarring or injury.
Growths are found, such as tumors that
could be either benign or cancerous. Signs of infection may be
A collection of fluid is present, which
could mean you have internal bleeding or an infection.
A bulge in the wall of a blood vessel
(aneurysm) is present. Blockage in or narrowing of a blood vessel also may be
Blockage is present in the
bile ducts. Reasons for the blockage may include a
gallstone, tumor, infection, or inflammation.
Blockage is present in the tubes leading
from the kidneys (ureters). Reasons for the blockage may include a kidney
stone, tumor, infection, or inflammation.