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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 tube-shaped 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.
In general, there's nothing you have to do before this test, unless your doctor tells you to.
Tell your doctor if you get nervous in tight spaces. You may get a medicine to help you relax. If you think you'll get this medicine, be sure you have someone to take you home.
You won't have pain from the magnetic field or radio waves used for the MRI test. But you may be tired or sore from lying in one position for a long time.
If a contrast material is used, you may feel some coolness when it is put into your IV.
In rare cases, you may feel:
The test usually takes 30 to 60 minutes but can take as long as 2 hours.
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 advice line (811 in most provinces and territories) 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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Adaptation Date: 3/2/2022
Adapted By: Alberta Health Services
Adaptation Reviewed By: Alberta Health Services
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