What is MRI of the Body (Chest, Abdomen, Pelvis)?

MRI of the body is a computer guided procedure which combines the uses of a magnetic field and radio waves to produce detailed pictures of organs, soft tissues, bone and virtually all other internal body structures.

What to expect?

The procedure usually takes 30 to 60 minutes.  An injection of dye is sometimes given to visualize the blood vessels.

What are some of the common uses?

MRI of the body is typically used to:                

  • Evaluate organs of the chest, abdomen and pelvis including the heart, liver, biliary tract, kidney, spleen, pancreas and adrenal gland
  • Evaluate pelvic organs including the reproductive organs in the male (prostate and testicles) and the female (uterus, cervix and ovaries)
  • Identify tumors of chest, abdomen and pelvis including reproductive organs
  • Find causes of pelvic pain in woman, such as endometriosis
  • Identify diseases of the liver, such as cirrhosis
  • Help diagnose conditions of the bile duct, gallbladder and pancreatic ducts (MRCP)

What to do?

There is no preparation necessary for this test except the removal of all metal (ie: jewelry, watches, glasses, etc.).  You will be asked to fill out a screening form before the test to assure your safety.

Note: Patients with pacemakers and certain other implants are not eligible for this exam.

How will I learn the results?

A specialized body imaging radiologist will review and analyze the images and send a signed report to your primary care or referring physician, who will discuss the results with you.

Schedule an Appointment

To schedule an appointment, please call 888.364.6400.