Pelvic and Testicular problems
Anyone experiencing chronic discomfort in the pelvic or testicular area is certainly going to have concerns. Whether you are male or female, the area between the hip bones contains a lot of complicated and delicate organs and glands.
When is an MRI scan required?
An scan of this type will be recommended if;
- you are experiencing abnormal vaginal bleeding
- a pelvic exam has uncovered a unexplained mass
- an unexplained pelvic mass happens during pregnancy
- you are suffering from endometriosis and an ultrasound scan proved inconclusive
- you have abdominal pain
- you have unexplained pelvic pain
- You have swelling in the testicles
- trauma or injury has occurred in the pelvic area
What can it uncover?
here are numerous types of cancers that can occur inside the pelvic area such as:
- Bladder cancer
- Cervical cancer
- Colorectal cancer
- Testicular cancer
- Endometrial cancer
- Prostate cancer
Listing them in this way, is not meant to scare you. It is just to highlight the importance of getting yourself checked out if you have persistent pain in this area of the body.
How is it checked?
In order to quickly and accurately check the complicated area inside the pelvis, an MRI scanner is used to create a complete 3d image. An MRI scanner does this by using a combination of radio waves and extremely strong magnets and the resultant picture gives incredible detail and is really helpful when diagnosing internal problems without invasive ‘exploratory’ surgery.
If it is determined that an MRI scan is something that can help you, it will come perhaps, as something of a relief to know that this procedure is completely pain free.
You will be asked to lay in a hospital gown on a narrow table that slides slowly into the scanner itself. Some may find it a little claustrophobic as it can take upwards of an hour to complete, but the scan itself will not hurt at all.
To help alleviate any nerves, calming medication may be administered and you will be able to talk to the radiologist via an intercom throughout. During the testing, the machine you are laying in may make numerous banging and humming noises. Don’t worry, this is perfectly normal.
If there is any discomfort during the procedure it may be from small coils used to send and receive the radio waves through the pelvic area. If your prostate is the area being scanned, then the coil may have to be inserted into the rectum to help produce a detail image.
This is not always the case though, as some scans require a dye to be injected intravenously to help the radiologist acquire an image.
Are there risks?
An MRI scan does not involve any radiation and there are no known side effects from being subjected to radio waves or magnetic fields.
Of course, you would have a long and detailed chat with your specialist prior to a scan and this would highlight any issues such as those with pacemakers who might experience issues with it perhaps not working quite as well during the scan.
If you have concerns about your pelvic health or would like to talk to a professional, please contact us today.