MRI Types: Pelvic MRI
Pelvic MRI scans help your doctor see the bones, organs and tissues in your pelvic region. This method allows your physician to diagnose potential damage or disease with minimal invasion.
Capabilities of Pelvic MRIs
Doctors use Pelvic MRI scans to diagnose a range of issues, from reproductive problems to injuries. A few examples include:
- Injury or trauma in the pelvic region
- Urinary system problems — difficulty urinating, abnormal urine color, etc.
- Digestive system problems — difficulty defecating, abnormal pain, etc.
- Reproductive system problems — infertility, pelvic lumps, undescended testicles, etc.
- Cancer of the reproductive organs, urinary tract, bladder or rectum
Your doctor will fully explain why they ordered the test and what they will be looking for before you have your procedure.
How to Prepare for a Pelvic MRI
Before the test, take the following steps to avoid any problems during the MRI procedure:
- Notify your doctor if you have a pacemaker, implant or any other metallic object in your body. Depending on what it is, your physician may recommend an alternative procedure.
- If you have claustrophobia, notify your doctor — they may recommend an alternative procedure or find ways to help you through your discomfort.
- To avoid interfering with the test, remove any metal items from your body like jewelry, watches, body piercings and clothing containing metal.
- For many abdominal or pelvic MRIs, avoid eating or drinking for 4 hours before the exam.
Pelvic MRIs at our Gettysburg location typically take only 30 to 60 minutes, after which point you can go home and resume your usual activities. Your MRI results will usually be available to your physician within 24 hours after your test.
Adams Diagnostic Imaging Center provides pelvic and abdomen MRIs for Gettysburg and all of Central Pennsylvania, ensuring patients have a positive, easy experience. If you have questions about your pelvic MRI or need assistance scheduling one, please contact us using the form below.