Screening MRI of the abdomen

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Screening MRI of the abdomen is a diagnostic technique used to scan abdominal organs without the use of contrast agents and ionizing radiation. This method provides a detailed view of the structures within the abdominal cavity, including organs such as the liver, kidneys, spleen, pancreas, and other abdominal organs. It is commonly used to detect changes or pathologies within the abdominal cavity and can help diagnose various conditions such as tumors, cysts, or inflammatory processes. Since it does not use X-ray radiation, screening an MRI of the abdomen is considered safer compared to some other diagnostic methods.



We particularly recommend the method in case of pronounced flatulence that makes ultrasound examination difficult, in case of clinical suspicion of various processes in the abdomen, and as a screening method in case of a positive family history of pancreatic tumors. In the case of a positive finding, we supplement the method with a contrast examination.


No special preparation is required.


It is mandatory to remove all metal objects from the body before entering the room where the MR device is located. The staff working on the device will lay you down on the device table in a position that depends on the part of the body being examined. An additional device, a coil, will be placed around the part of the body being examined, and serves to send and receive radio waves into and out of the body and ensures the quality of the obtained images.


What is abdominal screening MRI?

Abdominal screening MRI is a diagnostic procedure that uses magnetic resonance imaging to obtain detailed images of internal organs in the abdominal region.

Why is abdominal screening MRI performed?

This procedure is typically conducted to diagnose and monitor various conditions in the abdominal cavity, including tumors, organ damage, or inflammation.

How to prepare for abdominal screening MRI?

Preparation for abdominal screening MRI may involve fasting, wearing special clothing without metal parts, and informing the doctor about any metal implants.

Is radiation during screening MRI dangerous?

Screening MRI does not use X-ray radiation but rather magnetic fields and radio waves. Exposure is usually low, but it is important to consult with the doctor about potential risks.

How long does the abdominal screening MRI procedure take?

The duration of the procedure can vary but typically takes between 30 and 60 minutes, depending on the specific needs and the area being examined.

Can I eat before abdominal screening MRI?

In most cases, there is no need for fasting before abdominal screening MRI, but the doctor may provide specific guidelines.

What if I am pregnant? Can I undergo abdominal screening MRI?

MRI during pregnancy is usually avoided unless absolutely necessary. The decision will depend on the urgency and consultation with the doctor.

Are side effects common after abdominal screening MRI?

Side effects are rare, but some individuals may experience mild discomfort or anxiety during the procedure.

How quickly can I get the results of abdominal screening MRI?

Results are usually available within a few days, and the doctor will review and explain them to the patient.

What if I have claustrophobia?

If you have claustrophobia, discuss it with your doctor before the procedure. In some cases, the use of sedatives or other measures may be considered to alleviate discomfort.

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