Abdominal pain is one of the most common complaints for patients rushed to Accident & Emergency departments. The Causes of Abdominal pain vary widely. In fact, abdominal pain is so common that often it does not require medical attention and the pain goes away on its own. However, there are certain conditions that require medical help immediately.
There are several underlying causes of abdominal pain. Some are serious while others are less so. Five of the most common causes are listed below:
Pain on the abdomen usually has common causes but it should not be taken for granted, most especially when pain is chronic and debilitating. Although abdominal pain and back pain are more commonly diagnosed using CT scan than an MRI scan, there are several advantages why a doctor may request the latter over the other:
There are, however, also several instances when a physician may order a CT scan over an MRI scan, including the following:
Although patients who have pacemakers and defibrillators installed were previously not allowed to undergo MRI scans, specific adjustments can now be made to promote patient safety. Normal device settings are then restored after the scan procedure is completed.
In the end, there may be no need to worry about the pain you are feeling on your abdomen, but keep in mind that if the pain you feel is excruciating, sudden, or chronic, it is always best to seek the advice of a medical practitioner. It’s for your own peace of mind.
An MRI scan is replete with information about the health of structures located in and around your abdominal area. It shows the efficiency of blood flow, blockages, enlargements, tumors, other abnormal growths, and anomalies such as decreasing and increasing sizes of tissues and veins.
In general, an MRI scan is used to rule out suspected diseases, including renal diseases, kidney stones, organ infections, and cancers, among many others. Although, it has been noted that in an estimated one-third of all procedures carried out, an MRI scan shows incidental findings. These refer to abnormalities that are not the original subject being investigated by the doctor who requested the procedure. In any case, incidental findings promote earlier diagnosis and treatment of these manifesting conditions which clearly adds to the benefits of MRI scanning.
There are a number of common and more uncommon causes, as listed above. While some can be easily diagnosed, others may require closer examination. Rather than speculating on the cause, however, it is always best to be sure about the underlying reasons why you feel pain in your abdomen. One of the most reliable and most effective diagnostic procedures for you to know for sure is having an MRI scan. For your peace of mind, consult with a health professional and ask whether or not MRI scanning will be beneficial for your case.
Abdominal MRI cost generally more than a CT scan does. The cost of an MRI scan varies from one provider to another. Some diagnostic centers can provide scans from £200. Price may vary depending upon how many areas need to be scanned, how soon you need the results, and any excess costs if you are covered by medical insurance.
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