MRI - Hernia

This is a relatively new technique that Birmingham Bowel Clinic is utilising. Hernia’s are commonly diagnosed by clinic examination alone.

However, small and atypical hernias can be missed. Ultrasound examination is very useful but an MRI can add additional information or help to explain persistent “groin” pain.

MRI has very high contrast resolution, which means that it can see the anatomy of the groin in high detail. Furthermore MRI is very sensitive for small areas of inflammation and can be performed in a number of different planes (angles) and in the resting and straining states.


Is there any preparation needed beforehand?

No preparation is required for the MRI hernia.


What does an MRI scan involve?

You will be asked to remove some of your clothes and wear a hospital gown. You will be asked a series of questions to ensure that it is safe for you to have the examination and you will need to remove anything metal. The Radiology staff will take you to the MRI machine which is a little like a tunnel. The MRI is very noisy and you will be given ear muffs. You can bring a CD to listen to if you would like. The examination takes about 40 minutes.

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