Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) of the Abdomen
What To Think About
- Sometimes your MRI test results may be different than those from CT, ultrasound, or X-ray tests because the MRI scan is more specific.
- An abdominal CT scan or Reference abdominal ultrasound Opens New Window is generally done before an MRI of the abdomen. Another test that may be done before or after an MRI of the abdomen is called endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP). For more information, see the topics Reference CT Scan of the Body, Reference Abdominal Ultrasound, and Reference Endoscopic Retrograde Cholangiopancreatogram (ERCP).
- Open MRI machines are now made so that the magnet does not completely surround you. Open MRI is useful for people who are claustrophobic or obese. But these machines are not available everywhere. Also, these machines may not be able to do all the studies needed to check for problems.
- Reference Magnetic resonance angiogram (MRA) Opens New Window is a special MRI method that studies blood vessels and blood flow. For more information, see the topic Reference Magnetic Resonance Angiogram (MRA).
|By:||Reference Healthwise Staff||Last Revised: Reference December 9, 2010|
|Medical Review:||Reference Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine
Reference Paul D. Traughber, MD - Diagnostic Radiology