MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) is a test that uses a magnetic field and pulses of radio wave energy to make pictures of the organs and structures inside the body. An MRI of the pelvis can give the doctor information about a woman's uterus, ovaries, and fallopian tubes. The scan is sometimes used to check a man's prostate and seminal vesicles. It also can check the rectum and anal area.
When you have an MRI, you lie on a table and the table moves into the MRI machine.
An MRI of the pelvis can help find problems such as tumours in the ovaries, uterus, prostate, rectum, and anus. It also can be used to look for an anal fistula (a tubelike passage from the anal canal to a hole in the skin near the anus) and look for the cause of pelvic pain in women, such as endometriosis.
Talk to your doctor about all your health conditions before the test. For example, tell your doctor if:
For some pelvic MRI tests, you may be asked to not eat or drink for several hours before the test.
Follow-up care is a key part of your treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse call line if you are having problems. It's also a good idea to keep a list of the medicines you take. Ask your doctor when you can expect to have your test results.
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Current as of: October 9, 2017
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
& E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine & Martin J. Gabica, MD - Family Medicine
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