MRI Types: Liver
Liver MRIs use radio waves and magnets to produce detailed images of the liver. This imaging method is a fantastic resource for doctors to visualize disorders in the liver, such as tumors.
Capabilities of Liver MRIs
MRI scans of the liver can be very useful for doctors, especially when looking at liver tumors. Liver MRIs can help doctors:
- Tell a benign tumor from a malignant one
- Visualize blood vessels in and around the liver
- Determine the spread of cancer
Your doctor will explain the specific purpose of your test for before the MRI scan takes place.
How to Prepare for a Liver MRI
Before the test, take the following steps to avoid any problems on the day of your MRI:
- Tell your physician if you have a metal implant. Depending on the nature of the insert, your doctor may recommend an alternative procedure.
- Notify your doctor if you have claustrophobia. They can help minimize your discomfort with sedation, relaxing techniques, or by recommending an alternative procedure.
- Remove any metal objects from your body and leave them at home if possible. This includes jewelry, body piercings and clothing with metal inserts.
Liver MRIs typically take between 45 and 60 minutes, depending on circumstances. Once completed, you can return home after your MRI with no adverse effects. Your doctor should receive your MRI results within 24 hours of your test.
Additional Liver MRI Requirements
Generally, little else is required of you before a liver MRI. The only exception is that, in some cases, your doctor may require you to undergo an injection of contrast during the scan. This helps improve the contrast in the MRI image. Your doctor will notify you before this takes place.
Always check with your doctor before the date of your MRI to be sure you know what is required for your exam.
Adams Diagnostic Imaging Center provides liver MRIs for Gettysburg and elsewhere in central Pennsylvania. If you have questions about your MRI or need assistance scheduling one, please contact us using the form below.