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How well can an MRI view the abdominal area compared to CT scan?

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I have been having abdominal issues. How well can an MRI view the abdominal area compared to CT scan?
Posted Thu, 30 Jan 2014 in X-ray, Lab tests and Scans
 
 
Answered by Dr. Indu Kumar 58 minutes later
Brief Answer: Please find detail answer below. Detailed Answer: Hello XXXXXXX Thanks for writing to XXXXXXX MRI has many advantages over CT Scan in various abdominal pathology. In many cases it helps in diagnosing exact organ involvement,extent of pathology etc. MRI provides the most accurate diagnosis in the investigation of hepatic, pancreatic and adrenal diseases. Better diagnosis is possible by MRI because it gives multiplanar images like axial, coronal, sagittal sections. Whereas CT Scan and MRI is comparable modality in detection of renal diseases. MRI has many sequences for exact characterization of pathology and it is the investigation of choice for better characterization of soft tissues. It can better diagnose lymph node involvement,invasion of pathology to surrounding structures etc. Better diagnosis helps in better management of the patients. MRI is also preferred due to the fact that it doesn't use ionizing radiation during investigation. Its principle is based upon magnetic fields which is harmless for human body. CT Scan uses ionizing radiation which is harmful. Get well soon. Hope i have answered your query. Further queries are most welcome. Take Care Dr.Indu XXXXXXX
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Follow-up: How well can an MRI view the abdominal area compared to CT scan? 11 hours later
Thank you for your response. Can the MRI provide a good analysis of the gallbladder, liver, stomach, and intestines?
 
 
Answered by Dr. Indu Kumar 6 hours later
Brief Answer: Yes,it is very helpful in abdominal pathology. Detailed Answer: Hello XXXXXXX Thanks for writing back Yes,MRI gives very important information in diseases of Gall bladder,Liver,Stomach and intestine. With techniques like MR cholangiography,we can exactly detect bile ducts related pathology. MRI techniques related to intestine like enteroclysis, colonography is very helpful in evaluation of inflammatory bowel disease. Get well soon. Hope i have answered your query. Further queries are most welcome. Take Care Dr.Indu XXXXXXX
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