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Liver MRI Scan from £199

A comprehensive MRI scan of the liver can help detect diseases such as liver cancer, hepatitis, or cirrhosis.
Lesions such as tumors, abscesses, or cysts of the liver or spleen may be seen on a liver scan.

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Introduction to Liver Health and MRI

The liver, one of the largest and most vital organs in the body, plays a crucial role in filtering toxins, aiding digestion, and regulating metabolism. With up to 9.5 percent of the global population affected by liver diseases—stemming from factors such as alcohol abuse, hepatitis, diabetes, or obesity—the need for precise diagnostic tools is paramount. Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) of the liver provides an essential, non-invasive method to evaluate liver health and identify potential issues, including liver cancer.

What is a Liver MRI?

A liver MRI utilizes powerful magnetic fields and radio waves to create detailed images of the liver and adjacent structures within the abdomen. This advanced imaging technique offers high-resolution images that are crucial for assessing the liver's condition and identifying abnormalities.

What Does a Liver MRI Show?

During a liver MRI, the following structures are typically examined:

  • Liver Lobes: The main mass of the liver, divided into distinct lobes.
  • Blood Vessels: Key vessels such as the portal vein and hepatic arteries.
  • Gallbladder and Bile Ducts: Associated structures involved in digestion.
  • Nearby Organs: Including the stomach and parts of the small intestine.

The clarity and detail provided by MRI make it possible for radiologists to detect subtle changes and conditions such as:

  • Fatty Liver Disease: Characterized by excessive fat deposits in the liver.
  • Cirrhosis: Scarring of the liver due to long-term damage.
  • Liver Tumors: Both benign and malignant growths.
  • Inflammations and Infections: Indications of hepatitis or other infections.

Reasons for Undergoing a Liver MRI

Doctors might recommend a liver MRI if you exhibit symptoms indicative of liver dysfunction or disease, such as:

  • Jaundice: Yellowing of the skin and eyes.
  • Edema: Swelling in the legs or ankles.
  • Dark Urine: Changes in the color of urine.
  • Chronic Fatigue: Persistent tiredness that does not improve with rest.
  • Loss of Appetite: Unintended weight loss or disinterest in food.
  • Itchy Skin: Persistent itching without a visible rash.

These symptoms could signal various liver conditions, from benign issues to potential liver cancer.

Identifying Liver Inflammation

Liver inflammation, or hepatomegaly, can present several symptoms:

  • Persistent Fatigue: Feeling unusually tired or weak.
  • Early Satiety: Feeling full after eating small amounts of food.
  • Pain in the Abdomen: Can range from mild discomfort to severe pain.

If you experience any combination of these symptoms, especially with jaundice or severe abdominal pain, immediate medical consultation is recommended.

Procedure Duration and What to Expect

A liver MRI typically takes between 10 to 30 minutes. Here’s what you can expect during the procedure:

  • Pre-Scan Preparation: Including fasting for about 4 hours prior to the scan to ensure a clear imaging environment.
  • Contrast Material: In some cases, a contrast agent may be injected to enhance the visibility of liver tissues and structures.
  • During the Scan: You'll be required to lie still on a sliding table that enters the MRI scanner. It’s crucial to remain still to ensure clear, usable images.

Preparation for a Liver MRI

Preparing for a liver MRI involves:

  • Fasting: Avoiding food and drink as instructed before the scan.
  • Medical Questionnaire: Providing detailed information about your health history, especially relating to allergies, existing conditions, and any metallic implants.
  • Metal and Device Considerations: Informing the technician about any implants, pacemakers, or other medical devices that could interfere with the MRI.

After the Scan

Post-MRI, there is no downtime, and you can usually resume normal activities immediately unless sedation was used. Results from the MRI will be analyzed by a radiologist and shared with your doctor, who will discuss them with you to determine the next steps, which may include further tests or treatments depending on the findings.


Liver health is critical, and early detection of liver issues through an MRI can lead to more effective treatment. MRI Plus offers a quicker alternative to NHS waiting lists, with appointments available at convenient times across our UK centers. For more information or to book an appointment, please contact us directly. Our team is dedicated to providing the support and answers you need to manage your liver health effectively.


Our expert clinical team will guide you through the process, with a 1-1 consultation, referral, and digital imaging report included in the price of your scan booking.