I had MRI's a while back, abdomen/pelvis, to view the liver. When I had it done, there was IV contrast. I don't think it hurt as much as CT contrast but I don't remember exactly. If they use contrast, be sure to drink a lot of water afterwards to flush it out.
Is it an
open MRI? If not, it is a very tight fit. I'm a small person and could barely spread my elbows out. You spend a while in there so if you have any issues with claustrophobia, let them know. I just closed my eyes and I spent so long in there I almost fell asleep. It is loud so I was given headphones.
From what I remember the hardest part was holding my breath in order to stay perfectly still. I had to stay still for like 30 seconds every time they took a picture.
Good luck. It's not bad.
July 2007 Drug-Induced Liver Injury
Entocort, Enteral Nutrition, Omega-3 (Flax Oil and Fish Oil), VSL#3, Vitamin E
Post Edited (Illini) : 10/19/2008 11:53:41 PM (GMT-6)