When is this performed?

  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) is requested by an endocrinology specialist in the investigation of a variety of disorders. It is usually performed after other investigations suggest an excess or deficiency of a particular hormone(s). An MRI scan may then help locate a structural lesion to explain the hormonal findings

What does the test involve?

  • Lying on a couch that slides into a large circular shaped scanner, about 1.5m long. The scanner can be noisy and a dye may be administered through a vein to help identify abnormalities on the scan

Are there any side-effects?

  • This scan does not use radiation, like x-rays and CT scans
  • Usually none
  • The scan is painless
  • Some patients may rarely react to the dye

How long does the test take and is admission to hospital required?

  • The procedure may take 15-40 minutes, depending on the area being scanned, and does not usually require admission

What should you tell your doctor?

  • If you have a pacemaker, joint replacement or any other metal items in your body
  • If you are pregnant
  • If you are claustrophobic

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