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An Abdomen and Pelvic MRI is a diagnostic tool used to visualize the liver, kidneys, spleen, pelvis and abdominal vessels. This procedure may be performed with or without an intravenous contrast media depending upon what your doctor would like to be visualized.

Who performs an abdomen or pelvic MRI?

The procedure is performed by a MRI Technologist with the assistance of a Radiologist.

Why is this type of MRI performed?

This procedure is performed to aid in the diagnosis and evaluation of abnormal pathologies that may be found in the abdominal region.

Where is the procedure performed?

  • University Imaging Center
    University of Maryland Professional Building, Suite 110
    419 West Redwood Street
    Baltimore, Maryland 21201
  • University of Maryland Medical Center
    Department of Diagnostic Radiology, 2nd Floor
    22 South Greene Street
    Baltimore, Maryland 21201

Is there any preparation for this MRI?

If contrast is being administered, you will have to have blood work drawn within 30 days of your procedure.

What can I expect before the procedure?

Once you arrive at the Imaging Center, you will have to register at the front desk. Please have your insurance information ready at this time. After registration, you will be escorted to a dressing room to put on a gown. You will be asked to remove all metal objects including jewelry, watches and hairpins. Dyes used in tattoos may contain iron and could heat up during MRI, however, this is rarely a problem.

What can I expect during an abdominal or pelvic MRI?

You will lie on your back on a narrow table that moves back and forth in the MRI tunnel. Cushions are used to position you correctly and for comfort. There are loud tapping or knocking noises heard at certain phases of imaging; ear plugs may help. You will be given several breathing instructions and asked to hold completely still while your abdomen or pelvis is scanned.

Sometimes a sedative is needed because some people may experience a feeling of claustrophobia once the MRI table is moved into the scanner. You may ask your doctor to prescribe a sedative if you think you will feel claustrophobic. If contrast material is to be injected, you may feel brief pain from the needle stick and a sense of warmth when the material is injected, which takes one to two minutes.

An abdominal or pelvic MRI takes approximately 35-45 minutes. There will be an additional 15 minutes if contrast is administered.

The results are sent to your doctor. You may return to normal activity following this procedure.

Are there any risks to this procedure?

An iron-containing implant or cardiac pacemaker may be affected by the strong pull of the magnetic field.

Are there any alternatives to this MIR?

ACT scan may be used as an alternative to this procedure.

Please contact the Radiology Access Center at 410-328-3225 to schedule an appointment.