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Overview Brief

MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) of the whole body is a medical imaging technique which scans the entire body for physical abnormalities.

What is MRI whole body?

MRI whole body is a noninvasive imaging test that uses a strong magnetic field and radio waves to create detailed images of the body.

MRI whole body scan looks at the body from the head to toe.

MRI whole body is done to detect cancers and tumors in the earliest stages of formation and scans the whole body for abnormalities and the inflammation.

How is MRI whole body performed?

Following is the procedure for the MRI whole body test:

  • You will lie on the table which will slide in the MRI scanner.
  • If contrast dye is used, it will be injected through a vein (IV) in your forearm or hand.
  • Small devices (coils) will be placed around different parts of the body that needs to be studied.
  • The MRI machine will make loud and thumping noises which is normal.

The whole procedure takes about 30 to 90 minutes.

Side effects/risks of MRI whole body performed

Following are some of the risk factors associated with MRI whole body:

  • Noise from the MRI machine often causes hearing issues.
  • There are chances that you will have an allergic reaction to metals and contrast (dye).
  • If you’re afraid of closed spaces (claustrophobia), you might feel uncomfortable in the MRI machine.

Preparation before performing MRI whole body

Keep the following things in mind before performing MRI whole body:

  • Do not eat or drink anything 6 hours prior to the test.
  • Remove metal objects and jewelry.
  • Inform your healthcare provider if you have claustrophobia or any metal implants in your body.

Post-care after MRI lower abdomen (plain)

You may follow your daily schedule after the test. You can consult top specialists on mfine if you have any questions and concerns regarding the procedure.

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