Who gets an abdominal mri?

Anyone who can pay. Ha ha. Couldn't resist. Used to be abdominal MRI was to solve problems brought up by abdominal ct or ultrasound. Now it is a first line test of the abdomen sometimes, especially in children, younger patients and pregnant patients because of radiation concerns.
It can be very usefu. Because it shows early hepatocellular ca. This is very useful in the monitoring of patients with hepatitis. Also some studies that can characterize the tumor or iron deposition as well perhaps vascular lesions are better seen on mri. There is a new technique called dwi this is very useful because it can show early cancers especially in the pancreas. A non contrast dwi is superior to a pre ct.

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What is the definition or description of: abdominal mri?

Special xray test. Mri stands for magnetic resonance imaging. It is fancy to type of test which lets us look inside the body. It uses high powered magnets to visualize different tissues inside the body. The pictures are often amazing. Mri can be used all over the body. An MRI that is looking at the belly is called an abdominal mir. Read more...

Will an abdominal MRI tell as much as a colonoscopy?

Colonoscopy better. If you are looking at the colon, colonoscopy is better. Read more...
No comparison. Like xrays, MRI is an indirect visualization modality. Unlike colonoscopy (a direct optical exam of the colon lining), small lesions may be below the detection threshold of MRI scanning. Also, colonoscopy affords the opporunity to biopsy the colon lining, to remove upon detection colon polyps (finding them on MRI will only prompt undergoing a colonoscopy to get them out), as well as therapeutics. Read more...
Depends. It really depends on the purpose of each test. A colonoscopy specifically looks at the lining of the colon and sometimes the terminal ileum (the last part of the small bowel). The MRI can evaluate many structures outside of the colon. It may also be used to stage rectal cancer to look at the tumor and associated lymph nodes. This is a special application of the mri. Read more...

Can an abdominal MRI detect gallbladder or pancreatitis issues?

Yes but not routine. but much simpler and less methods are available , rarely MRI also used for such problem if sono CT are not conclusive as an additional measure. Read more...

Does an abdominal MRI check for tumors or blockages in the intestines?

Not very well. Mri does not image the intestines well at all. Mri only images organs that are not moving. The intestine is continuously moving (called peristalsis) and becomes blurred on most MRI scans. Abdominal mr usually is used for imaging the solid intra abdominal organs. Mr does not have the temporal or spatial resolution to see intestinal blockages or tumors. Read more...

Abdominal mri, ruq pain unknown origin. How useful is it? And when should it be ordered with a contrast agent?

MRI. Have other tests been done first like an ultrasound? Why is the test being ordered? We need more info to answer your question. Read more...

I had an abdominal MRI with contrast, is this enough to evaluate Gall bladder and Pancreas or do I need an MRCP?

Need more info... Without your general and specific clinical profiles + physical exam + reviewing/comparing available tests, it is hard to answer your Q. In fact, please ask the doctors ordering the test directly since s/he should know more about you than anyone online. How to handle sickness? Go to articles listed in http://www.formefirst.com/onDealSickness.html & http://www.formefirst.com/onLifeBasics.html. Read more...

I had an abdominal MRI with contrast, is this the same as an MRCP or do I need an MRCP for pancreas/ Gall bladder evaluation?

MRCP. These tests are not the same. The MRCP uses a special protocol to see the bile duct and the pancreas in better detail. It would not be seen this way on a regular MRI of the abdomen. If your physicians feel that you need a test specific for the bile ducts, they will order the MRCP. Good luck. Read more...