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When is a pelvic MRI needed?

When is a pelvic MRI needed?

Certain situations: Most of the time an ultrasound can visualize the uterus and ovaries as well or better than an mri. Exceptions are if adenomyosis is suspected or if more details are needed on fibroids, especially for pre-operative planning of a myomectomy. An MRI cannot usually distinguish a benign fibroid from a malignant leiomyosarcoma. ...Read more

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Dr. Lynne Weixel
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Mri (Definition)

Mri or magnetic resonance imaging is one of the more recently developed imaging modalities available to physicians. It uses powerful magnets to generate images. There is no ionizing radiation which is a major advantage over many other modalities. Mri is the best imaging exam that we have for most soft tissue and joint related problems. There are radiologists ...Read more


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How common is a pelvic mri? How long does a pelvic MRI take to have done?

How common is a pelvic mri?  How long does a pelvic MRI take to have done?

Depends on the: Imaging center or hospital. Larger locations and academic centers tend to perform more pelvic mri. It is no where near as common as brain, knee or shoulder mri. Plan on 45 minutes from leaving the waiting room until you return, with 15 to 30 minutes of that time being actual scanning, usually on the lower end. Sometimes contrast is administered via a vein. ...Read more

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Does a pelvic MRI see nerves? What else can be seen?

Does a pelvic MRI see nerves? What else can be seen?

A pelvic: MRI, depending on the parameters, could potentially visualize all anatomy down to a spatial resolution of a couple of millimeters. That would include nerves of sufficient size. ...Read more

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Is it always necessary to use dye during pelvic mri?

Is it always necessary to use dye during pelvic mri?

No: Contrast is used when it is needed. Pelvic MRI for trauma or unknown musculoskeletal pain is done without contrast. Contrast is used, for instance, when infection or soft tissue problems such as tumors are being evaluated. ...Read more

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Does your bladder need to be full to take a pelvic mri? What are the usually finding in a pelvic mri?

Does your bladder need to be full to take a pelvic mri? What are the usually finding in a pelvic mri?

No: Chatty: your bladder does not have to be full for pelvic mri. This test is used to evaluate almost any abnormality in the pelvis. It examines all of your pelvic organs including the uterus, ovaries, bladder and sometimes even bowel problems have been diagnosed. Specifically for women it can help with ovarian tumors, cysts, fibroids, etc. Depending on what your symptoms are. ...Read more

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I had a pelvic mri done and it said my posterior juntional zone measured at 11mm, should i be concerned?

I had a pelvic mri done and it said my posterior juntional zone measured at 11mm, should i be concerned?

Here are some...: For fastest and surest answer, it should be best to refer this Q to your ordering doctor who possessed more information about you than anyone online. Within HealthTap, the likelihood to have radiologists may not be as common or many as you may expect. For the time being, relax and wait until seeing the doctor as long as being asymptomatic - if any, but bearable. ...Read more

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I have a pelvic mri tomorrow morning and I was told to take an enema. I was only able to keep in in for about 1 minute.

Inform ordering doc: Make sure you inform the doctor (whoever ordered the MRI) & the Radiologist (at the MRI center) about the above. Tell them as soon as possible & ask if there are any alternatives or if they have any different instructions for you prior to the MRI. A lot will depend on what the MRI is trying to diagnose & what symptoms you are having. They won't necessarily cancel the MRI. Good luck! ...Read more

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I had a pelvic MRI and was told I have a 14x16x3cm fibroid how big is that? Is this something to be worried about? Please help

I had a pelvic MRI and was told I have a 14x16x3cm fibroid how big is  that? Is this something to be worried about? Please help

Maybe: Fibroids are very common in women, reported to occur in up to 70% of all women. The issues is whether or not symptoms are present. Common symptoms are abnormal bleeding, pelvic pressure, pelvic pain, menstrual cramps and changes in menstrual flow. There are 2.54 cm per inch for comparison so this fibroid is approximately 6x6x1 cm in size. Not huge but not small. The key is symptoms. ...Read more

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I had a pelvic MRI and the doctor wants to see more for follow up. I am very concerned , what could be possible results?

I had a pelvic MRI and the doctor wants to see more for follow up.  I am very concerned , what could be possible results?

Without: any other details, it is impossible to venture a guess. There are multiple anatomic structures, and multiple potential innocuous or serious abnormalities that could occur. Do you have any additional information? ...Read more

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I made the mistake of wearing a tampon to a pelvic mri. Is it possible that this hindered my results? Dr. Was looking for a t-shaped iud, not found

No: No mistake at all. The iud is in the uterine cavity and having a tampon in the vagina should not hinder seeing/finding the iud. ...Read more

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What is the difference between a pelvic MRI with or without contrast? I am having one done without and with contrast, how do you get rid of the dye?

What is the difference between a pelvic MRI with or without contrast? I am having one done without and with contrast, how do you get rid of the dye?

With & without dye: In these studies, "contrast" = dye so that blood vessels and other structures may be more clearly seen. With contrast & without contrast each have their applications -- putting both together will give your doctors the kind of information they need to help you. Your body will naturally excrete the contrast material ("dye") fairly quickly, on its own. ...Read more

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Would a rectovaginal fistula be obvious on a pelvic MRI if it wasn't something you were looking for?

Would a rectovaginal fistula be obvious on a pelvic MRI if it wasn't something you were looking for?

No: Rectovaginal fistulas are notoriously hard to find. One would not be obvious on a Pelvic MRI--especially if you weren't looking for it. Sometimes enemas with methylene blue dye or protoscopy are needed. Best wishes! ...Read more

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Would an abdominal/pelvic MRI reveal any abdominal/pelvic/colon cancers??

Would an abdominal/pelvic MRI reveal any abdominal/pelvic/colon cancers??

They may: Conventional abdominal/pelvic MRI and CT scans can sometimes pick up colon cancers. However, they are not sufficient for screening purposes. ...Read more

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How much would the average Chest/abdominal/pelvic MRI cost withOUT insurance?

How much would the average Chest/abdominal/pelvic MRI cost withOUT insurance?

Price Shop.: MRIs are approximately $1000 per body part or more. So chest, abdomen, and pelvis may cost over $3000! However you can price shop in your area using saveonmedical.com or healthcarebluebook.com. Call each imaging center and tell them you are looking for best price. You may be able to lower cost to $1500 total. Get a firm written quote for the MRIs BEFORE scheduling your appointment. ...Read more

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Can tarlov cysts at s2-3 be definitively diagnosed by pelvic mri? If not, what is the differential diagnosis and follow up?

Usually can be seen: In a lumbar spine mri, pelvic MRI could also be used, but it is typically noted as an incidental finding on a lumbar spine mri. Most of the time it is not symptomatic. See a neurosurgeon or spinal specialist. ...Read more

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