This MRI exam obtains detailed images of the rectum and any abnormalities that exist in that area.
MRI uses a strong magnetic field and radio waves to make detailed pictures; please review our MRI metal safety checklist.
If your exam is at Suburban Imaging – Northwest:
If your exam is at Suburban Imaging – Burnsville or Southdale:
Additional preps for all locations:
You will be asked to change into a gown or scrubs. Jewelry, watches, hair clips, piercings and possibly dentures will need to be removed.
An IV will be started in a vein in your arm. You will have to leave all personal items in a secure locker outside of the MRI room. The technologist will give you headphones so you can listen to music during the exam. Contrast material will be injected through the IV line that was placed earlier.
Next, you will lie on your side on the cushioned MR scanner table. The technologist will insert a small amount of special gel into your rectum. The gel expands the rectum, which allows for better images to be captured by the scanner.
The technologist will help you move onto your back and the table will move slowly into position. For the best possible images, you will need to be as still as possible during the exam, which takes approximately 20-30 minutes. You may hear a drumming sound as the machine captures the images. You will be asked to hold your breath several times for 20-30 seconds while the images are captured.
The imaging technologist will be outside of the room and is immediately available at all times. You will have a button in your hand to call for assistance, if needed. You will be in full view of the technologist by means of a window and video camera.
You will be helped off the scanner table and your IV will be removed. You may resume regular activities immediately after your exam.
Your images will be interpreted by a board-certified radiologist and the findings will be sent to your healthcare provider. Your healthcare provider will contact you to discuss the results.