MRI Pelvis and Prostate
Your doctor has asked that you have a
Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)
exam of your pelvis. MRI is a safe and
painless way for your doctor to look at
the area between the hip bones. This
part of the body is called the pelvic area.
The pelvic area has the prostate gland,
vesicles, testicles, penis, rectum and
pelvic floor. MRI of the pelvis is often
used to check for abnormalities.
MRI uses powerful magnets and radio
waves to create the pictures of your
Before your MRI
ξ Do not eat for 4 hours before
ξ Tell your doctor or the nurse in
MRI if you have any allergies
to medications or contrast.
ξ If you take medicines, you may
take them the day of the test.
ξ If you wear any kind of medicine
patch, it will need to be taken off
before the test. Bring a new
patch that you can put on after
ξ If you are afraid of small spaces,
talk to your doctor. Your doctor
can give you some medicine that
will help you relax. If you do
bring medicine to help you relax,
you will need to have someone
with you that can drive you
ξ If you have had an endoscopy or
a colonoscopy in the last 8
weeks, please call the MRI
nurses office (608) 262-5276.
Day of Test
ξ Take the Atrium elevators to the
third floor Radiology Check-In
desk. They will let the MRI area
know that you have arrived
ξ Plan to arrive 30 minutes before
your MRI. There are many
questions we need to ask about
your health history. Please bring
cards for any implants in your
ξ You will need to take off all
metal items such as a watch,
hairpins, bra, jewelry and coins.
You may not bring anything into
the room with the MRI machine.
This includes your wallet, purse,
cell phone and keys. Our
changing areas are private and
there is a secure locker for your
clothes and other items.
It is best however, if you leave
valuable items at home.
ξ It is important to wear clothing
that does not have metal buttons,
zippers or pockets, such as jeans.
Hospital gowns that are safe
for MRI are available, but you
may bring your own clothes.
Know that some sportswear and
other causal clothing may have
metallic threading or material on
it. If you wear something that
does have metal on it or pockets
you will be asked to change into
a hospital gown.
ξ An intravenous line (IV) will be
started. During the test we will
use this IV to inject Gadolinium.
Gadolinium is a contrast
medication. This medicine is
used to highlight blood vessels
near the end of the MRI.
During the Test
ξ MRI is a long tube-like machine
that is open on both ends.
ξ Before we position you on the
narrow padded table, a small coil
will be placed into your rectum.
This coil sends and receives the
radio waves that improve the
quality of the images. The coil
is lubricated with a medicated gel
that will decrease your
discomfort as the coil is being
placed. You will feel an increase
in rectal pressure as the balloon
of the coil is being inflated.
ξ This coil will stay in place for 60
minutes while the images are
being made. We will try to make
you as comfortable as possible
ξ During the test you will hear the
MRI machine make very loud
knocking sounds. You will have
headphones to block out some of
this noise. You will also be able
to listen to music, and hear
breathing instructions from the
ξ The technologist will not stay
with you in the room. You will
be able to hear the staff through
the intercom. The technologist
will take pictures and check on
you during the test. Let us know
if you are uncomfortable at any
ξ We will place a ball in your hand
to squeeze if you need the
technologist during the exam.
ξ At different times during the test
you will be asked to hold your
breath for about 15 to 20
ξ It is important that you try not to
move during the test. It is just
like taking a picture with a
camera. If you move while the
picture is being taken, the picture
will be blurry
ξ If you have any problems or
concerns after your test, please
call your doctor.
After the MRI
ξ The technologist will take out
your IV and the rectal coil when
the MRI is complete.
ξ We want you to drink plenty of
fluids to help your system clean
out the contrast medication.
ξ Your MRI will be read by a
radiologist and the results will be
sent to your doctor. Your doctor
will share the test results with
If you have any other questions or
concerns prior to your MRI, please
call the nurses office at (608) 262-5276
If you need to reschedule your
appointment please call the scheduling
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