What is it?
A full-body or whole-body MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) scans the entire body very quickly, without having to move the patient. It is a noninvasive procedure.
What is it for?
An MRI body uses a magnetic field, radio frequency pulses and computers to give precise images of bones, organs, tissues and many other internal body structures. It does not use X-rays. An MRI Body can be used to assess conditions of the:
- Biliary tract
- Reproductive organs
How to prepare
- You will be given instructions about what to eat and drink prior to the procedure
- Tell your health care provider about the presence of any metal devices implanted in your body
- Talk to your health care provider about your medical history, present condition, medications you are taking and any allergies you have
- An allergic reaction may occur from the use of a contrast material (dye)
- The strong magnetic fields can cause pacemakers and other implants to malfunction
- Metal inside your body may be moved or shifted slightly because of the magnetic fields
- An MRI is not recommended if you are pregnant, as it can cause a harmful increase in the temperature of the amniotic fluid
What happens during?
- The procedure usually takes about 30 to 50 minutes
- You may be given a sedative to help you relax
- You’ll be positioned on a moveable table. There may be straps to help you maintain stillness and the correct position for the scan.
- If contrast material is used, it will be administered through an I.V. The contrast material helps to deliver a precise image.
- The table is moved into the scanner. A health care provider monitors the images being taken with a computer in a separate room.
- Your I.V. lines are removed at the completion of the procedure
- You may experience nausea, pain as a side effect from the contrast material
- Allergy symptoms such as itchy eyes or hives may also result from the contrast material
- Contact your health care provider if you experience side effects