About MRI Abdomen and Pelvis:
MRI performed outside of a hospital is a private service and is not reimbursed by Alberta Health. An MRI of the abdomen or pelvis provides images of the internal organs the abdomen. This includes the liver, kidneys, spleen, bladder, or organs in the female pelvis such as ovaries and uterus. This procedure starts at $1450.00. Individually, MRI of the abdomen or pelvis will start at $750.00
What to Expect:
- Upon being checked in, a technologist will go over a safety questionnaire with you to determine whether you are a safe candidate for exposure to the MRI.
- Once we establish your eligibility for the exam, you will be given a gown to change into and taken into the MRI room.
- We will provide you with ear protection to soften the noise of the MRI machine as well as a special camera to go over the area of interest.
- You will then be positioned on the scanning table and the area of interest will be centered in the MRI magnet.
- Depending on the area of interest, the exam can range from 30 minutes to 1 hour. During this time, the technologist can hear and see you.
- All MRI exams require you to be very still in order to take good images. An MRI of the abdomen or pelvis will require you to intermittently hold your breath for short moments of time.
- Occasionally, we may be required to administer contrast dye to help distinguish areas of focus. This dye is injected intravenously in the arm and may cause a cooling sensation.
In order to provide optimal images of the abdomen and pelvis, you are required to fast for 4 hours prior to your exam time. This means no food or water. You may have sips of water to take your regular medications if necessary. Prior to your exam, we may need to have an x-ray of your eyes if you’ve worked with metal grinders or welding in the past. If you suffer from claustrophobia, talk to your doctor about obtaining a mild sedative before coming for your exam