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What should I expect during an MRI for pancreatic cancer?

Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) is a common diagnostic imaging study used in pancreatic cancer. MRI scans use radio waves and powerful magnets to produce images of the body. Like a CT scan, an MRI can produce detailed 3-dimensional cross-sectional images of the body. The MRI can also produce image slices running the length of the body, providing an alternate view of the affected area.

During the scan, the patient lies on a bed inside a narrow tube. The scan usually takes 1 to 1.5 hours. As in a CT scan, it is crucial that the patient remain still during the scan in order to produce the most accurate images possible.

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