MRI stands for Magnetic Resonance Imaging. An abdominal MRI is performed to evaluate the organs and tissues of the abdomen and pelvis. This test is non-invasive and does not expose you to any radiation.
During an abdominal MRI scan, many very thin 2-dimensional pictures are taken of the abdomen or pelvis and assembled into 3-dimensional pictures by a computer. This allows the doctor to look layer by layer at the area being scanned and provides greater detail to aid in the diagnostic process.
Abdominal MRI may be used to evaluate blood flow, blood vessels, the cause of abdominal pain or swelling, lymph nodes, cancer, tumors and the cause of abnormal blood test results, such as liver or kidney problems.