MRI Lower Abdomen (Plain)
What is MRI Lower Abdomen (Plain)?
Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is a type of scan that uses strong magnetic fields and radio waves to capture detailed images of different parts of the body. MRI Lower Abdomen (Plain) is used to diagnose several conditions associated with abdomen such as to examine blood flow, blood vessels within abdomen, or lymph nodes. It is also used to monitor the efficacy of treatment of various abdominal problems. It is advised to inform doctor before the scan if you are having any type of metal implants such as artificial heart valves, stents, etc. As MRI is a radiation less test, it is considered to be a safer alternative to a CT scan.
Why is MRI Lower Abdomen (Plain) done?
- To detect the blood flow pattern in the abdominal area for any blockage of the arteries which supplies blood to the kidney, liver and spleen
- To diagnose abdominal aortic aneurysm (aorta enlargement at the abdomen region)
- To monitor conditions of the kidney / liver after its transplantation
- To evaluate fatty liver syndrome and cirrhosis of the liver (alcoholic or non alcoholic)
- To diagnose hydronephrosis (swelling of the kidney which results in urine backflow), stone in the kidney / ureter / urinary bladder or gall stones (in the gall bladder)
- To monitor the extent of abnormal tumor growth in the intestines, liver, pancreas, ureter, adrenal gland, gall bladder and kidney