A pelvic Magnetic Resonance Image, or MRI, may be used to obtain 3D images of the pelvis, the area between the hipbones. MRI scanning technology is a safe, non-invasive test that is used to view detailed images of the tissues and organs within the body.
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Who Needs This Procedure?
A pelvic MRI may be performed to assess patients suffering from hip or joint pain. A woman may undergo a pelvic MRI to investigate endometriosis, infertility or abnormal bleeding. Males may require MRI to find the cause of their difficulties urinating. A pelvic MRI may also be performed as a follow-up diagnostic test after abnormalities have been found on prior X-ray of the pelvis.
Women who are pregnant are advised not to undergo MRI procedures.
Preparing For The Procedure:
Patients should remove all metal objects from their person prior to the procedure, as the magnetic field of the exam unit may be interfered with. Notify your doctor of any implants, dental materials or other metal objects that are in your body, in order to minimize complications. Your doctor may advise you not to eat or drink before the procedure if a contrast material is being used.
During The Procedure:
The patient lays on the exam table for the entirety of the procedure. If necessary, a contrast material will be administered intravenously. While the MRI unit is capturing images, the exam table will move the patient through, building a 3D image. Most procedures last about 45 minutes.
What Will I Experience?
Some patients may feel anxious about being inside a traditional “closed” MRI machine. “Open” MRI units are available for patients who would prefer it, especially those with claustrophobia. However, the capabilities of the “open” MRI unit are usually less than that of a “closed” unit.
MRI technology offers detection of soft-tissue abnormalities in a non-invasive way. MRI does not emit radiation, making it a safe alternative to other imaging technology.