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.
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.
Go to https://www.healthwise.net/patientEd
Enter H105 in the search box to learn more about "MRI of the Pelvis: About This Test."
Current as of:
October 14, 2016
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
& E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine & Martin J. Gabica, MD - Family Medicine
© 2006-2017 Healthwise, Incorporated. Healthwise, Healthwise for every health decision, and the Healthwise logo are trademarks of Healthwise, Incorporated.
Care instructions adapted under license by your healthcare professional. If you have questions about a medical condition or this instruction, always ask your healthcare professional. Healthwise, Incorporated disclaims any warranty or liability for your use of this information.