- What is MR urography?
- Does the patient have to be prepared for the examination?
- How is the procedure performed?
- Is it necessary to use a contrast agent?
MR urography is a non-invasive diagnostic examination used to visualize the urinary tract. It allows for identification of urinary tract congenital anomalies, tumors and other causes of urinary tract obstruction, etc.
It is advisable not to eat anything at least 6 hours before the examination. You can drink moderate amounts of fluid.
Half an hour before the investigation, we will set up an intravenous line through which you will receive saline.
Otherwise, general guidelines for MRI examination apply.
The radiolographer will place you in the appropriate position on the examination table and install a suitable coil. You will be provided with earphones for hearing protection as loud noises are generated during the investigation. You will enter the MRI scanner where you will stay for the duration of the process. You will hold a bell in your hand to use it if any problems occur during the procedure to alert the radiographer.
During the treatment, a diuretic and contrast agent will be administered to you through an intravenous canal.
It is of particular importance that you remain completely still during the investigation as the movements impair the image quality!
The procedure itself lasts approximately 45 minutes, and together with the preparation approximately 1.5 hours.
Yes, an intravenous contrast agent is used in MR urography.