Body MRI at Sky Ridge Medical Center

MR imaging uses a powerful magnetic field, radio frequency pulses and a computer to produce detailed pictures of organs, soft tissues, bone and virtually all other internal body structures in the abdomen and pelvis.

Common Uses of Body MRI

MR imaging of the body is performed to evaluate:

  • Organs of the chest and abdomen—including the heart, liver, biliary tract, kidney, spleen, and pancreas and adrenal glands.
  • Pelvic organs including the reproductive organs in the male (prostate and testicles) and the female (uterus, cervix and ovaries).

Doctors use an MRI to help diagnose or monitor treatment for conditions such as:

  • Blockages or enlargements of blood vessels, including the aorta, renal arteries, and arteries in the legs. (see more info on MRA's)
  • Causes of pelvic pain in women, such as fibroids, endometriosis and adenomyosis.
  • Cysts and solid tumors in the kidneys and other parts of the urinary tract.
  • Diseases of the liver, such as cirrhosis, metastatic cancer and that of other abdominal organs, including the bile ducts, gallbladder, and pancreatic ducts.
  • Suspected appendicitis in pregnant patients rather than CT which used ionizing radiation
  • Suspected uterine congenital anomalies in women undergoing evaluation for infertility.
  • Suspected rectal-vaginal fistula.
  • Tumors and other abnormalities of the reproductive organs (e.g., uterus, ovaries, testicles, prostate).
  • Tumors of the chest, abdomen or pelvis.