MRI Types: Spine and Body

MRI scans of the spine and abdomen can be powerful diagnostic tools for doctors, taking detailed pictures of the abdomen and spine without using radiation. Doctors can use these whole-body images to diagnose diseases and injuries and determine the next step for the patient.

Capabilities of Spine and Abdominal MRIs

Physicians take MRIs of the back and body for several purposes. A few of the more common uses of MRI abdominal scans at our Gettysburg location include:

  • To visualize organs in the chest and abdomen, such as the heart, liver, kidneys, spleen, bowels and pancreas.
  • To locate of tumors in the chest or abdomen
  • To picture the spine for diagnosing injuries and diseases, such as osteoporosis, slipped discs and more

Your doctor will explain the purpose of your test and what they are looking for before the MRI scan takes place.

How to Prepare for a Spine or Abdominal MRI

Before the test, take the following steps to avoid any issues during your MRI:

  • Notify your doctor if you have any metallic objects in your body. Depending on the nature of the object, your doctor may recommend an alternative procedure.
  • Notify your physician if you have claustrophobia, as they can help minimize your discomfort with sedation or by recommending an alternative procedure.
  • Remove any metal objects from your body, including jewelry, body piercings or clothing with metal inserts.
  • Abdominal MRI’s require 4 hours of fasting before the test.

Back and body MRIs typically take 45 to 60 minutes, after which you can go home and resume activities as normal. Your doctor should receive your MRI results within 24 hours after your test.

Additional Spine or Abdominal MRI Requirements

Depending on the nature of your MRI scan, additional things may be required of you for the MRI. Some MRI examinations may also require an injection of contrast material called gadolinium to improve imaging.

Always check with your doctor before the date of the MRI to be sure you know what is required for your specific exam.

Contact Us

Adams Diagnostic Imaging Center provides Back MRIs for Gettysburg and the rest of Central Pennsylvania, providing quality services and excellent customer care. If you have questions about your MRI or need assistance scheduling one, please contact us using the form below.