What is a Pelvis MRI?
A pelvis MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) is a painless radiology exam. This is performed to examine the area between the hip bones (known as pelvic area) in a non-invasive manner. In this scan, multiple images of the bones, blood vessels, and soft tissues of the pelvis are generated using radio waves and a strong magnetic field.
The pelvis MRI helps doctors in examining pain and swelling in the structures inside and near the pelvis, including the bladder, prostate and other male organs, female reproductive organs, lymph nodes, and pelvic bones. It also helps them in visualizing and identifying tumors, infection, inflammation, and other abnormalities in the pelvis.
The pelvis MRI may be done with or without the use of a contrast material (dye) that is either taken by mouth (orally) or injected into the veins. When the contrast material is used, the organs are seen more clearly in the scanned images.
Who Should Get a Pelvis MRI?
Your doctor may recommend a pelvis MRI for different reasons depending on your gender.
If you are a female and have one or more of the following symptoms or ailments:
- Unexplained pain in the lower belly or pelvic area
- Abnormal vaginal bleeding
- Unexplained infertility
- Lump or mass in the pelvis (known as fibroids that are abnormal growth in or on the uterus)
If you are a male and have one or more of the following symptoms or ailments:
- Unexplained pain in the lower abdominal or pelvic area
- Unexplained urination problems
- Lumps or swelling in the testicles or scrotum (sac of skin that hangs from the body at the front of the pelvis)
- Undescended testicles (one or both testicles remain in the abdomen)
What is the Purpose of Taking a Pelvis MRI?
You should take an MRI of the pelvis only when recommended by your doctor. It will help your doctor to:
- Evaluate unexplained pelvic pain (in women such as fibroids, endometriosis, adenomyosis)
- Detect birth defects of the pelvis
- Detect diseases of the small intestine, colon, and rectum
- Detect tumor or cancer in reproductive organs, rectum, bladder, or urinary tract
- Diagnose blockages or enlargements of blood vessels
- Diagnose gallbladder and pancreatic disease
Your doctor may also ask you to take the Hip MRI to confirm diagnosis for abnormalities such as cysts or tumors. Your doctor may even recommend a the Arthritis Screening Panel test to evaluate rheumatoid arthritis that causes stiffness, pain, and loss of mobility in hips and other body parts. Depending on the results, your doctor will confirm diagnosis and plan your treatment.
How Is a Pelvis MRI Performed?
- Before starting the pelvis MRI, you will have to remove all the metal objects on your body, including eyeglasses, jewelry, hairpins, and dentures.
- A technologist will ask you to lie still on the MRI scanner table, which will move slowly through a doughnut-shaped MRI machine.
- Once you are inside the MRI machine, multiple images of your hip region will be taken that will be displayed on a monitor.
- During the scan, the technologist will ask you to hold your breath for 10 to 12 seconds at certain points. Make sure you don’t move during the scan as any movement can blur the images.
In case, your doctor has asked you to take a pelvis MRI with contrast, then a contrast dye will be injected into your vein shortly before the scan begins.
How Long Does a Pelvis MRI Take?
An MRI of the pelvis is usually completed between 45 to 60 minutes.
Is Radiation Involved in a Pelvis MRI?
No. An MRI is a painless imaging test that doesn’t use radiation.
Are There Any Risks in Taking a Pelvis MRI?
- People who have implants such as cardiac pacemaker, coronary stent, orthopedic rods and plates, which contain metal, may face certain risks. The magnets used in an MRI can make implanted pins or screws move in the body or cause problems with pacemakers.
- Some people might also have an allergic reaction to the contrast dye used in an MRI.
When Will I Receive My Results?
Once the pelvis MRI is completed, you will receive your results within 3-5 business days in your LabFinder portal.
How Should I Prepare for a Pelvis MRI?
Please refer to the simple preparation guidelines given below or consult with your doctor or radiology center where you are being treated. Do not forget to bring your LabFinder Order and Insurance Card to your appointment.