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MRI of the Abdomen

A doctor or physician may order an MRI scan of the abdomen and pelvis to take pictures of the organs in your abdomen (stomach and torso area) and pelvis (area between and including your hips). An MRI is useful because it shows healthcare providers what tissue is normal, and what tissue is not. Many organs in your body can be seen during a quality MRI of the abdomen and pelvis including:

Organs that help break down the food you eat and get rid of waste through bowel movements such as your stomach, gallbladder, intestines, liver, pancreas and spleen.

Organs that make or produce urine and allow you to urinate including your kidneys, urethra (urinary tract), bladder and ureters can also be seen with an abdominal MRI.

Reproductive organs can also be seen in an Abdominal MRI. In women, these organs include the uterus (womb), ovaries, cervix, fallopian tubes, and vagina. In men, these organs include the testicles, scrotum, penis and prostate gland.

Your doctor may want to order an Adominal MRI with signs or symptoms such as abdominal or pelvic pain, or jaundice (yellowing of the whites of the eyes). Other symptoms may also include high blood pressure, blood in the urine, and swelling in the abdomen. Sometimes women who have painful monthly periods or heavy bleeding may have an MRI. A quality MRI scan can show radiologists what may be causing your signs or symptoms and it's important that you find the best machines and radiologists possible to receive the best imaging.

Reasons for an Abdominal or Pelvic MRI:

An MRI scan may be done to check for certain cancers or other illness. The MRI may show tissue that has cancer cells and tissue that does not have cancer cells.

An abdominal MRI can be used to guide doctors or surgeons during a procedure, such as a biopsy. An MRI scan may be used if surgery is needed to remove a growth or lump.

An MRI scan of the abdomen can show healthcare providers how well a treatment for a disease is working and the results of a quality MRI scan can help in the plan for the best treatment forward.

An Abdominal or Pelivic MRI may help diagnose (find):

An MRI of the abdomen or Pelvis may find tumors, growths or lumps in organs such as your stomach, bladder, and pancreas. With women it can find a growth on an ovary, or in the uterusn. With men it can be used to find a growth on the prostate gland.

An MRI can show if you have a disease, such as kidney or liver disease. If you have cancer, a quality MRI scan may show if it has spread to other parts of your body.

MRI scans may show if you have an infection of the appendix or another organ. Specifically, an MRI with women may help diagnose pelvic inflammatory disease (PID).

An MRI scan may show if one or more stones have grown in your kidney or gallbladder.

An MRI can show blood vessel problems, including if it blocked, damaged, too narrow or too wide.

An MRI may be done to find problems such as weak pelvic muscles, weak muscles in general or pelvic organ prolapse.

An MRI scan may show problems that developed before or at birth, including various birth defects.

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