Pelvic MRI in NYC for Pelvic Pain

POSTED ON WEDNESDAY, APRIL 24, 2013 AT 6:53 PM  by Dr. Marc Liebeskind

 

April is Irritable Bowel Syndrome Awareness Month! While IBS causes symptoms of diarrhea, constipation, and abdominal cramping, these same symptoms are shared with a condition known as endometriosis. For this reason, if you experience chronic pelvic pain or symptoms of IBS, your doctor should confirm your symptoms with an MRI in NYC.

Endometriosis results from endometrial tissue settling outside of the uterus. While the exact cause of endometriosis is unknown, many doctors believe it occurs when there is an irregularity in a women’s menstrual flow or as a result of surgery. Endometrial tissue lines the walls of the uterus. Between a woman’s menstrual cycles, this tissue thickens until it is shed during menstruation. If endometrial tissue migrates through the fallopian tubes and into the pelvis, there is great concern endometriosis has formed or will form.

Women who have undergone a cesarean section are at an increased risk of developing endometriosis. C-sections carry the risk of women developing endometriosis. This is because during the C-section, endometrial tissue may become dislodged from the endometrium and then transplanted outside of the uterus and into the pelvis. Endometrial tissue from a C-section may also grow in or around the abdominal incision created during the C-section. This can end up being painful when the endometrial tissue bleeds during menstruation.

While the primary sign of endometriosis is pelvic pain, many women experience menstrual cramping so severe they are unable to leave bed. Endometriosis is one of the most frequently misdiagnosed conditions. Other common symptoms of endometriosis include:

  • Pain before and during periods
  • Painful urination during periods
  • Fatigue
  • Pain with sex
  • Painful bowel movements during periods
  • Diarrhea, constipation, and nausea

If you experience these symptoms, you doctor should recommend a pelvic MRI in NYC. This non-invasive medical imaging, pelvic MRI eliminates the risks of the traditional Laparoscopy. Laparoscopy, performed by a gynecologist, involves making small incisions in the pelvis before filling the abdomen and pelvis with gas or air. A Laparoscope would then be inserted through the trocar, allowing doctors to see inside the pelvis. With MRI of the pelvis however, doctors can clearly see any unusual signs of the pelvic and abdominal regions.

As medical imaging continues to advance, be sure that you understand your options when it comes to diagnosing unusual symptoms of your body. At Park Avenue Radiologists, we share a deep compassion in helping our patients understand and diagnose any unusual symptoms of the pelvis, including endometriosis. Our doctors, technicians, and staff welcome any questions you may have about the MRI of the pelvis in NYC. Contact us at 212.888.1000 or request an appointment online today!

 

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