Both CT and MR urogram have proven effective in detecting issues or abnormalities in parts of the urinary tract including the kidneys, bladder and ureters, or as a follow-up test to further examine for recurrent or new cancers of the urinary tract.
Compared to other imaging tests, CT and MR urogram both provide superior anatomic detail of the urinary tract and surrounding structures.
MRI is a noninvasive imaging technique that does not involve exposure to ionizing radiation.
MRI enables the discovery of abnormalities that might be obscured by bone with other imaging methods.
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.