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MRI

MRI Gynae Pelvis

Overview

An MRI Gynae will be requested by the referring practitioner to assess any suspected gynecological conditions of the patient.
An MRI of a woman’s pelvis area will provide the referring practitioner with detailed images of the bones, muscles and organs in that region.

Organs found in the pelvis that are specific to women include the uterus, ovaries, fallopian tubes, cervix, vagina, rectum, bladder and urethra. For example, an MRI scan can help to evaluate the cause of pelvic pain in women or other anomalies in the abdominal organs.

Read here for more information on the MRI of the pelvis.

There are a number of conditions that can arise in the pelvis area. For women especially, this is an important part of the body because it houses their reproductive organs.

MRI technology is non-invasive and enables healthcare practitioners to examine the inside of the human body in high detail.

MRI stands for Magnetic Resonance Imaging and its introduction represented a huge milestone for the medical world. An MRI uses a powerful magnetic field and radio waves to produce detailed images of the body’s internal structure. In comparison to other imaging methods, the images from an MRI are clearer, more detailed and more likely to identify and accurately evaluate the body for a broad range of conditions. An MRI does not use ionising radiation.

Morton & Partners are leaders in the radiology landscape and have more than 25 expert diagnostic radiologists in their service. They offer a broad range of sub-specialty expertise which is supported by their continued investment in imaging technology and services.

What to expect during an MRI Gynae Pelvis

An MRI machine looks like a large tunnel with a table in the centre. The patient is positioned on the table prior to the MRI scan.

An MRI is painless, and the patient is made to feel as comfortable as possible. If the patient feels though that they may feel anxious during the procedure, a mild sedative can be administered prior to the exam. Headphones are also available for the patient to listen to music during the exam.

The patient will be able to communicate with the radiographer at all times during the exam and an alert button is available if at any time the patient feels uncomfortable and would like to come out of the machine.

The magnetic field produced by the MRI machine is not harmful, but may cause some medical devices to malfunction (e.g. pacemakers, aneurysm clips and prosthesis). If the patient has any devices or metal in their body, please discuss these with our knowledgeable booking agent when making an appointment so the right type of machine can be assigned for the exam.

Devices that contain coils capable of sending and receiving radio waves may be placed around or adjacent to the area of the body being studied. The digital imaging is then fed from the MRI machine to a computer operated by the radiographer performing the examination outside of the exam room.

The patient can expect an MRI Gynae to be completed in 45 minutes or less. Digital images and reports will be made available to the referring physician once the radiologist has completed their diagnosis. Access to reports and images are stored safely online on the Morton & Partners website portal for the referring practitioner to access.

Making an appointment for an MRI Gynae

At Morton & Partners, a patient’s wellbeing and comfort is at the centre of everything we do. Our patient-centred approach is supported by a highly efficient, courteous and compassionate staff who will be with the patient during the entire procedure to ensure their comfort, safety and privacy.

We have a centralised MRI booking centre for appointments at our Cape Town MRI or Richards Bay MRI centres.

The Morton & Partners MRI Booking Centre can be contacted on:

Tel: (021) 276 1253

Email: mribookings@morton.co.za

When contacting the booking centre, the patient will be advised of specific preparations that may be required for the MRI procedure. On booking, please share information on any health problems (including allergies, implants, stimulators, etc.), recent surgeries, and if the patient has an aversion to enclosed spaces.

The patient should wear loose, comfortable clothing and leave jewellery, including their watch and wedding ring, at home. The patient may be asked to wear a gown. If the patient has received a sedative, they will not be allowed (by law) to drive after the exam. It is required that someone drive the patient home.

The cost of an MRI Gynae Pelvis

Morton & Partners charge the specified medical aid rate for most examinations as determined by the patient’s medical scheme. In certain circumstances, a co-payment may be required. Patients are advised to review the details of their medical aid plan prior to making an appointment. Immediate settlement of the shortfall will be required at the time of service.

We can provide assistance should your medical aid scheme require pre-authorisation before the procedure. Please note that pre-authorisation is not a guarantee of payment and the account remains the responsibility of the patient to settle.

For private-paying patients, the account will be rendered at the standard private rate of Morton & Partners.

 

Special preparation for an MRI Gynae

One of our expert consultants will advise you of any special preparations prior to the MRI Gynae.