MRI Female Pelvis at Research Park
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 reproductive
organs with the uterus, cervix, ovaries
and fallopian tubes. There is also the
rectum and the pelvic floor.
MRI uses strong magnets and radio
waves to create the pictures of your
Before your MRI
ξ Do not eat for 2 hours before
ξ Tell your doctor or the nurse in
MRI if you have any allergies
to medicines 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) 262-9257.
Day of test
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 We will ask you to change into
a hospital gown.
ξ We ask that you place a sanitary
pad in your underwear. If you do
not have a sanitary pad we will
give you one.
ξ An intravenous line (IV) maybe
started. During the test we will
use this IV to inject Gadolinium.
Gadolinium is a contrast
medicine. 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. We
will ask you to lie on your back
on a narrow padded table. We
will try to make your position as
comfortable as possible. A coil
will be placed around the hip
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area. The coil works like an
antenna to help us get our
ξ Some exams require us to put a
small amount of lubricant into
your vagina. You can do this
yourself or we can help you.
This lubricant helps the doctor
define your anatomy. The
lubricant is in a syringe that has a
smooth tapered barrel.
ξ After you are positioned on the
table, gently slide the smooth,
tapered applicator tip into your
vagina. Push the plunger into the
barrel with your pointer finger.
This will release the lubricant.
Everyone’s body is different.
Some women will only be able to
hold a small amount of lubricant
in their vagina. Other women
will be able to hold all of the
lubricant. We gave you the
sanitary pad because we expect
the lubricant to ooze out of your
vagina during the exam.
ξ During the test you will hear the
MRI machine make 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 and see the staff
through the intercom and
window. 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.
After the MRI
ξ The technologist will take out
your IV after the MRI is done.
ξ We will give you a washcloth
and a new sanitary pad.
ξ We want you to drink plenty of
fluids to help your system clean
out the contrast medicine.
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
ξ If you have any problems or
concerns after your test, please
call your doctor.
If you have any other questions or
concerns prior to your MRI, please call
the nurses office at (608) 262-9257.
If you need to reschedule your
appointment please call the scheduling
line at (608) 263-9729.