MRI Body

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:

  • Abdomen
  • Biliary tract
  • Bladder
  • Bowel
  • Chest
  • Liver
  • Kidneys
  • Pancreas
  • Reproductive organs
  • Spleen

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

Side effects

  • 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

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