MRI, or magnetic resonance imaging, is a non-invasive medical technique used to visualize the internal structures and functions of the body. When a patient is experiencing bowel incontinence, a MRI may be required to obtain a picture of the anal sphincter and determine the amount and location of damage.
In the Section of Urogynecology at Loma Linda University Medical Center, we utilize the imaging power of the MRI to properly diagnose bowel incontinence and to recommend the appropriate healing treatments. Bowel incontinence is not a natural part of aging and many forms of treatment are available.
The MRI Procedure
A MRI machine uses powerful magnets and radio waves to take internal pictures of the body. During an MRI, a patient wears a hospital gown or other clothing without metal, and lies on a table. This table is slid into the MRI machine and the patient lies within the tube in the center of the machine. Depending on the number of images needed, an MRI can take up to an hour and patients who experience claustrophobia (fear of confined spaces) should notify their doctors and will be given a mild sedative.