Body MRI

Due to the specialised nature of particular body MRI examinations, please check with your local MRI clinic to see if your type of examination is available:


About Body MRI

Body MRI is beneficial in the diagnosis and treatment of many health conditions.

Body areas such as your chest, abdomen and pelvis can be examined in great detail.

The high-quality images produced by body MRI help your doctor assess the health of specific organs such as your liver, kidneys, spleen, bowel, pancreas, uterus, ovaries and adrenal glands. 

Your appointment and preparation

A referral from your doctor and an appointment is required for a body MRI scan.

Abdominal MRI: Please fast from food for 6 hours, no fluid 2 hours prior

Pelvis: No preparation required.

Small Bowel: Please fast from food for 6 hours, fluid and medication is fine to take. You will be advised to arrive 1 hour before your appointment time for further preparation.

Anorectal: Please have a light dinner the night before and a light breakfast on the day of your examination. Please also keep well hydrated.  

MRCP: Please fast for 6 hours from food, no fluid 2 hours prior.

Kidneys and Liver: Preparation may vary, please contact the Lake Imaging MRI booking team for more information.

Be sure to read the Important MRI Patient Information here.

What can I expect during my Body MRI procedure?

When you attend your appointment you will be asked to answer a series of questions, remove any jewellery and change into an examination gown. Then the scanning procedure will be explained to you.

It takes between 30 to 60 minutes to complete an MRI of your body. This depends on the size of the body area and specific organs to be scanned.

For your body MRI examination, you may require an injection of the safe contrast solution, gadolinium, into your arm vein to enhance the detail of the images produced.

What are the risks and side effects?

There are no known side effects from body MRI. Be sure to read the Important MRI Patient Information here.

Who will perform my Body MRI and write the report?

A qualified medical imaging technologist, trained in all aspects of MRI scanning, will perform your body MRI scan at Lake Imaging.

Then, a radiologist specialising in body imaging will interpret your MRI scans and provide a comprehensive report on the findings to your doctor.

We recommend that you make an appointment with your referring doctor to discuss the results of your body scan.

What should I expect after my Body MRI procedure?

After the MRI examination you should be able to resume your normal activities immediately.

How do I obtain my results?

If the results of your body MRI are required urgently or you have an appointment with your doctor straight after the examination, please let the Lake Imaging staff know in advance. Otherwise the results of your MRI body scan will be sent directly to your referring doctor typically within 48 hours.

Please ensure that you make a follow up appointment with your referring doctor or health care provider to discuss your MRI results.

To request a Body MRI appointment at a Lake Imaging location, please contact the clinic or use our online booking form. Due to the specialised nature of body MRI, please check with the clinic whether your type of body examination is available at that location.