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Abdominal MRI- Benefits and Risks

Benefits

  • 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.

Risks

  • 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.