What is 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 pelvic area 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 pelvic area such as the bladder, small intestine, colon, male and female reproductive organs, and pelvic bones. It also helps them in visualizing and identifying tumors, infection, inflammation, and other abnormalities in the pelvic area.
In some cases, the MRI of the pelvis is done with the use of contrast material (dye) that is injected into the veins. When the contrast material is used, the blood vessels are seen more clearly in the scanned images.
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What Symptoms Should I Have to Get a Pelvis MRI?
Your doctor may recommend a pelvis MRI for different reasons depending on your gender because any delay could lead to serious conditions.
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 (a 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 Will My Doctor Find out from a Pelvis MRI?
An MRI of the Pelvis will help your doctor:
- Evaluate unexplained pelvic pain (in women such as fibroids, endometriosis, adenomyosis).
- Detect birth defects of the pelvic area.
- 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 the diagnosis for abnormalities such as cysts or tumors. Your doctor may even recommend 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 the 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 stand up, sit down, or lean on an MRI scanner table, which will move back slowly into an open MRI machine.
- Once you are inside the MRI machine, multiple images of your hip region will be taken, and these will be displayed on a monitor.
- At certain points during the scan, the technologist will ask you to hold your breath for 10 to 12 seconds. 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 pelvic open MRI with contrast, then contrast dye will be injected into your vein shortly after an initial series of scans. Additional images will be taken following the injection.
What Should I Expect After Completing Pelvis MRI?
- If contrast dye was used during your scan, then you may be kept under observation to check for any side effects or reactions to the contrast dye. These include swelling, rash, itching, or trouble breathing.
- In case there is any pain, redness, or swelling at the IV site after you go home, tell your doctor immediately. This could be a type of reaction or sign of infection.
- Otherwise, there are no restrictions placed upon you after taking the test. You can go back to your regular activities like driving and eating regular food unless otherwise directed by your doctor.
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 a 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.
- Book and manage your personal health records
- Feel organized — keep your results in one place
- Save money — avoid surprise medical bills
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