What is Body MRI?

What is a Body MRI?

MRI, or Magnetic Resonance Imaging, is a noninvasive test that uses a magnetic field and radio waves to generate detailed images of organs, soft tissues, bone and other internal structures. A Body MRI specifically focuses on the chest, abdomen and/or pelvic regions.

Whether you have abdominal pain; symptoms of heart or liver disease; or have already been diagnosed with a digestive disorder, a Body MRI can help provide a complete picture of your condition or be used to monitor previously diagnosed conditions - all so you can receive the care and treatment you need.

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Why would my physician recommend a Body MRI?

Your physician may recommend a Body MRI to help diagnose or monitor any number of conditions of the chest, abdomen or pelvis, including tumors, liver disease, heart disease, inflammatory bowel disease and more. Your physician may also recommend this test to monitor your fetus if you are pregnant.

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How does a Body MRI work?

Unlike conventional X-ray examinations and Computed Tomography (CT) scans, a Body MRI does not use ionizing radiation. Instead, it uses powerful magnets and radio waves to create images of the chest, abdomen and pelvic regions. These images can be used to diagnose or monitor any number of injuries or health conditions that are associated with these areas of the body.

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What should I expect during a Body MRI?

If this is your first MRI, you may not be sure what to expect. Not to worry, we are here to guide you every step of the way. You may or may not be given a contrast agent intravenously. During the procedure, you will lie flat on an exam table and will be asked to hold your breath for 20 seconds at a time. It is important that you remain still while the table slides through the scanner. The MRI machine does generate loud noises as the images are captured. All patients are given protective ear plugs, or headphones for music. The Technologist will be in the adjacent room operating the scanner, but will be able to hear and communicate with you throughout the exam. The exam can take anywhere from 30 - 60 minutes.

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What should I expect after a Body MRI?

When the MRI is complete, you may be asked to wait until the Radiologist checks the images to ensure no additional images are needed. Once the exam is complete, you may resume your normal activity level. Our Radiologist will interpret your study and send the final report to your physician.

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Is a Body MRI painful?

MRI exams are painless. The part that may be uncomfortable is remaining still during the imaging portion of the exam. If you suffer from claustrophobia, talk to your physician to see if medication may be prescribed.

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How do I schedule a Body MRI with Fairfax Radiology?

Contact our Scheduling Department for an appointment:

Phone: 703.698.4488 Monday through Friday 8am to 6pm

Fax: 703.698.0864

Or click here to make an appointment request

Please have your written physician order and your insurance card in hand when making your appointment.

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When are appointments offered for a Body MRI?

For your convenience, appointments are available mornings, afternoons, evenings and weekends at the locations listed above. Learn more about each location.

Have questions about your insurance coverage?