Test Details & Preparation
A magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scan uses magnets and radio waves to capture images inside your body without making a surgical incision. The scan allows your doctor to see the soft tissues of the body, such as muscles, without your bones obstructing the view. A pelvis MRI scan specifically helps your doctor to see the bones, organs, blood vessels, and other tissues in your pelvic region-the area between your hips that holds your reproductive organs. This helps your doctor inspect potential problems found in other imaging tests, such as X-rays diagnose unexplained hip pain investigate the spread of certain cancers or better understand the conditions causing your symptoms.
Since your pelvic area holds your reproductive organs, your doctor may order the test for different reasons depending on if you are male or female. A pelvis MRI scan is a useful test for both sexes if you have birth defects injury or trauma in the pelvic area abnormal X-ray results pain in the lower abdominal or pelvic region unexplained difficulties urinating or defecating and cancer in your reproductive organs, bladder, rectum, or urinary tract.
For women, your doctor may order a pelvis MRI to further investigate infertility irregular vaginal bleeding lumps or masses in your pelvic area or pain in your lower belly or pelvic area. For men, a pelvis MRI might look into conditions such as an undescended testicle or lumps in the scrotum or testicles, or swelling in that area.
Before the test, tell your doctor if you have a pacemaker or any other type of metal implanted in your body. Depending on your type of pacemaker, your doctor may suggest another method for inspecting your pelvic area, such as a CT scan. Some pacemaker models can be reprogrammed before an MRI so they are not disrupted during the examination.
After your pelvic MRI, it will take some time for your doctor to review the images and interpret the results. The initial results from an MRI scan may come within a few days, but your comprehensive results can take up to a week or more.