MRI of the liver is a noninvasive examination that obtains high resolution images of the Liver and surrounding structures.

When you arrive for your examination, you will be asked to fill out a safety questionnaire.

You will lie in the scanner with a special coil over your lower chest and abdomen. This area needs to be in the centre of the magnet and you will usually go into the magnet head first. You will be given headphones and a buzzer to press if you want to talk to the technologist at any time.

During the scan you will be asked to hold your breath while the images are acquired. Each breath hold will last for around 15 seconds.

In some cases, an injection of a contrast dye (gadolinium) is required. If this is required the technologist will inform you beforehand and explain the process. The contrast dye will be administered through a small needle (intravenous cannula) that will be placed in your arm.

Before your Scan

When making the appointment, you will be instructed to fast from food and water for 6 hours prior to your appointment. This will ensure that your stomach is free of any food products and gives time for your biliary system to fill for optimal anatomical visualisation.


MRI Liver/MRCP takes 20-30 minutes.