Abdominal MRI typically falls under two types: Upper Abdomen MRI and Lower Abdomen MRI. An MRI of the Upper Abdomen may include the kidneys and liver. A sub-procedure consisting of spleen, gallbladder, and pancreas MRI may also be specifically performed.

There are several reasons why a physician may order a ​spleen, gall bladder, and pancreas MRI scan. I​ n general, this abdominal imaging procedure can help diagnose the underlying causes of chronic abdominal pain or irregularities in digestive and excretory processes.
Some of the more specific reasons why patients are ordered to undergo this test are in aid of proper diagnosis of any of the following conditions:
    • Pancreatic Cancer. ​MRI for pancreatic cancer,​ also known as MR cholangiopancreatography (MRCP), is a procedure used to examine the pancreas and bile ducts where tumors often start to grow. ​Pancreatic MRI scan i​s an acceptable procedure for detecting the early stages of pancreatic cancer.
    • Pancreatitis. An MRI for pancreas may also be used to screen for acute or chronic pancreatitis. With this condition, pancreas on MRI appears inflamed. The scanned image may also show damages to the pancreas and blockages in the pancreatic ducts and branches.
    • Biliary Disease. A pancreas and ​spleen MRI ​may be ordered when medical suspicion arises regarding damage or deterioration of these organs. Signs and symptoms may include any combination of the following:
      • Swollen abdomen
      • Nausea and vomiting
      • Weight loss
      • Jaundice
      • Diarrhea with fat droplets
      • Bloody stool
    • Splenic Hemangioma. It is one of the most common conditions affecting the spleen which can be diagnosed with a ​spleen hemangioma MRI.​ Patients affected are usually asymptomatic and diagnosis often arise from incidental findings.
    •  Liver Cancer and Cirrhosis. A physician may order a l​iver and spleen MRI scan i​f initial physical examination points to possible damage to these organs. The liver and spleen work closely in collecting and flushing wastes from the body.
    • Gallbladder Cancer. A gallbladder MRI scan is typically combined with MRCP to examine any obstructions involving the ducts of pancreas, spleen, and gallbladder. A gallbladder cancer MRI is also routinely used to examine extent of metastasis.
    • Gallstone Disease. M​RI scan for gallbladder ​is also ordered to identify specific locations of gallstones which can be in the gallbladder or bile duct. The scan can also show polyps. In which case, ​gallbladder MRI m​aybe combined with ultrasound imaging. This way, ​gallbladder stone MRI and​ gallbladder polyp MRI ​can​ a​lso better guide biopsies and inform treatment options.

Depending on the physical examination and other diagnostic test results, MRI scans of the spleen, pancreas, and gallbladder may be combined with examinations of other organs. In most cases, these are the ones located on the upper and lower abdomen.

The best benefit of MRI imaging is the wealth of information it can provide about your health despite its non-invasive nature.

This means that you can book your appointment today and there is no fasting or preparation involved. As soon as your scan is finished, you are free to carry on with your usual daily activities.

Abdominal MRI scan cost may vary anywhere from a few hundred pounds to several hundred pounds. Scheduling, release of results, insurance coverage, and extent of the area to be scanned typically factor in the cost for MRI.

Call to enquire about available MRI imaging services today from MRIPlus.




£199for upper or lower abdomen

  • Same-day MRI appointment
    (subject to availability)
  • Bring a chaperone (family/friend)
  • Bring music of your choice (CD)
  • *Free* Radiologist Report Within 7 days


£249for upper or lower abdomen

  • Same-day MRI appointment
    (subject to availability)
  • Bring a chaperone (family/friend)
  • Bring music of your choice (CD)
  • Sub-Specialist Radiologist Report
    Within 2 working days

    Why do I need a sub-specialist radiologist report?

    A report by a sub-specialist means that the radiologist reporting on your scan is knowledgeable in the body area you are having scanned.


£299for upper or lower abdomen

  • Same-day MRI appointment
    (subject to availability)
  • Bring a chaperone (family/friend)
  • Bring music of your choice (CD)
  • Double Specialist Radiologist Report
    Within 2 working days

    Why do I need a double specialist radiologist report?

    A double report means that your MRI results will be examined by 2 consultant radiologists, who will compile 2 individual reports with their findings. This is especially helpful if you are looking for a second opinion.