When is this exam indicated?
Pelvis MRI is aimed at studying the organs and structures contained in the pelvis (pelvis). Pelvis MRI is particularly useful for the study of the rectum, uterus, uterine cervix, ovaries and prostate.
How is it performed?
The patient is placed supine on the MRI bed and a transceiver coil is placed on the lower abdomen or pelvis. One hour before the examination, a microcystical examination is necessary and, if the use of contrast medium is required, a blood test called creatininemia must be taken. This test evaluates renal function, since during the examination a contrast medium is given that is eliminated by the renal system. Shortly before the examination, a hypotonizing drug (buscopan) is delivered intravenously with the patient's consent, to reduce physiological intestinal peristalsis and the consequent disorders related to it. Sometimes it may be useful, depending on the case, to stretch the rectal ampulla with water gel to optimize the visualization of the pelvic organs.
The examination lasts about 30 minutes.
This examination cannot be performed in case of:
- presence of a pacemaker;
- presence of ferrous metal implants;