Pelvis MRI scan

What is a Pelvis MRI Scan?

A pelvis MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) scan is a type of imaging test that takes pictures of the inside of your pelvis. It is used to diagnose a range of medical conditions, including any abnormal growth or changes in your pelvic organs.

Preparation for a Pelvis MRI Scan

Prior to your scan, you will need to remove any jewelry or clothing that has metal components. You may also need to remove hearing aids. When you arrive at the imaging center, you will be asked to lie down on a table within the MRI scanner. The scanner is a large, rectangular machine that produces a strong magnetic field.

Procedure for a Pelvis MRI Scan

During the scan, you will be asked to stay still and may need to hold your breath for short periods of time. You will be able to communicate with your technician during the test, either through an intercom or a call button. The scan will take between 15-45 minutes depending on the type of scans being done. After the scan is complete, you will be able to resume your normal activities.

Types of Pelvis MRI Scans

There are two types of pelvis MRI scans – contrast and non-contrast. For the contrast scan, a contrast dye will be injected into your body to enhance the images of the organs. Non-contrast scans do not use any dyes and are used to determine the organs’ structure only. Both types of scan use magnetic fields and radio waves to create detailed pictures that can be viewed on a computer.

Risks of Pelvis MRI Scans

The risks associated with a pelvis MRI scan are minimal. The most common risk is of developing an allergic reaction to the contrast dye if a contrast scan is performed. There is also a small chance of developing a magnetic field-related injury if metal objects are brought into the scanner.

Why Have a Pelvis MRI Scan?

A pelvis MRI scan can be used to diagnose and monitor a wide range of medical conditions, including tumors or cysts on your pelvic organs, inflammation of the fallopian tubes, pelvic inflammatory disease, and some types of infertility. It is also used to evaluate the effects of some cancer treatments on the organs in your pelvis.

When to Have a Pelvis MRI Scan?

Your doctor may recommend a pelvis MRI scan if you are experiencing any pelvic pain, abnormal bleeding, or other symptoms that could indicate a medical condition. Your doctor will review your medical history and discuss the reasons for the scan with you before recommending that you have it.