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Overview Brief

MRI or Magnetic Resonance Imaging is a non-invasive test that helps create images inside the body. MRI of upper abdomen allows us to directly view the organs in the upper abdomen.

What is MRI of upper abdomen?

MRI of upper abdomen is a very useful diagnostic tool.

  • Helps diagnose the cause of abdominal pain.
  • The MRI of upper abdomen is useful in cases where a CT or X-ray is inconclusive.
  • Blood flow, blood vessels, and lymph nodes are clearly visible in the scan.

MRI of upper abdomen allows to directly view organs like pancreas, kidney, liver, and gallbladder.

How is MRI of upper abdomen performed?

For an MRI of upper abdomen, you will be taken into the MRI room with a machine that is doughnut shaped.

  • You will be asked to lie on your back on the MRI scan table.
  • If a contrast dye needs to be used, it will be injected.
  • The technician will slide the end of the table inside the machine first.
  • You will have to remain still and cause no movements.

If you are claustrophobic, inform the technician prior to the MRI of upper abdomen.

Side effects/risks of MRI of upper abdomen

There are no significant risks involved with MRI of upper abdomen.

  • You may be allergic to the contrast dye that may be injected.
  • The machine might be too loud.

Preparation before performing MRI of upper abdomen

Since the MRI machine uses magnets, before an MRI of upper abdomen:

  • You must remove any metal objects on your body.
  • You will have to fast for 4-6 hours prior to an MRI of upper abdomen.
  • Sometimes, you may be given laxatives or enema to visualise organs like the colon.

Post-care after MRI of upper abdomen

After the MRI of upper abdomen, you will be asked to wait in the room for about 15 minutes.

  • If you were sedated during the MRI of upper abdomen, you will be allowed to recover.
  • If a contrast dye was injected, you will be advised to drink lots of fluids to help flush it out.

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