Abdominal MRI- Benefits and Risks
- MRI is a noninvasive imaging technique that does not involve exposure to ionizing radiation.
- MRI can provide different or complimentary information to other imaging modalities such as CT or ultrasound
- The intravenous contrast material used in MRI exams is different from CT contrast and can provide an alternative for patients to CT contrast.
- The MRI examination poses almost no risk to the average patient.
- Some patients experience greater claustrophobia with an MRI exam.
- If sedation is used, there are risks of excessive sedation. The technologist or nurse monitors your vital signs to minimize this risk.
- There is a very slight risk of an allergic reaction if contrast material is injected. If you experience allergic symptoms, a radiologist or other physician will be available for immediate assistance.
- Nephrogenic systemic fibrosis is a serious, but rare complication believed to be caused by the injection of gadolinium contrast material in patients with very poor kidney function.