MRI is able to accurately visualise organs within your abdominal and pelvic cavity. Organs such as the liver, gall bladder, pancreas, prostate, uterus, cervix and ovaries are all commonly imaged.
These examinations often require you to not eat or drink anything for four hours prior to your scan, but we will advise you of this in your appointment letter.
For all imaging of your upper abdomen we will ask you to hold your breath for the scans. Each breath hold is for approximately 20 seconds.
Imaging of the breast helps us to differentiate between benign and malignant lesions. It will also show cysts.
We need to administer an injection of 10mls of contrast media that is gadolinium based. This is done during the scanning process.
This examination takes approximately 30-45 minutes and you will have to lie on your stomach.
Imaging of the small bowel enables us to show if Crohns disease is present. In preparation for this examination you will be unable to eat or drink for six hours prior to your scan.
You will be asked to arrive one hour prior to your scanning appointment time, to enable you to drink a contrast agent called Mannitol. This expands the small bowel and improves visualisation.
At the start of the scanning procedure an injection of Buscopan is administered, this slows the natural movement of the bowel musce and improves image quality. Towards the end of the examination an injection of 10mls of contrast media that is gadolinium based is administered.
Imaging of the prostate is extremely sensitive at showing any prostate lesions. The examination takes approximately 45 minutes. You will be asked to have nothing to eat or drink four hours prior to your examination.
An injection of Buscopan will be administered at the start of the scanning procedure ans this slows down the natural movement of the bowel and improved image quality.
Our radiologist will check the images during the procedure and on occassion the administration of 10ml of contrast, gadolinium based, is required.