MRI of the Bladder
A doctor or physician may order an MRI scan of the urinary tract to take pictures of the bladder and nearby organs. An MRI is useful because it shows healthcare providers what tissue is normal, and what tissue is not. Many organs in your body can be seen during a quality MRI of the urinary tract.
The urinary tract includes two kidneys, two ureters, a bladder, and a urethra. This MRI will be focused on the bladder, which is where urine is stored.
A quality MRI scan can show radiologists what may be causing your signs and symptoms and it’s important that you find the best machines and radiologists possible to receive the best imaging.
Reasons for a Bladder MRI:
A bladder MRI scan may be done to check for certain cancers or other illness. The MRI may show tissue that has cancer cells and tissue that does not have cancer cells.
A bladder MRI can be used to guide doctors or surgeons during a procedure, such as a biopsy. An MRI scan may be used if surgery is needed to remove a growth or lump.
A MRI scan of the bladder can show healthcare providers how well a treatment for a disease is working and the results of a quality MRI scan can help in the plan for the best treatment forward.
A Bladder MRI may help diagnose (find):
A MRI of the bladder can help healthcare providers find the cause of blockage of urine, urinary retention, frequency, or urgency.
A bladder MRI may also show healthcare providers the cause for blood in the urine.
A MRI of the bladder can show signs that cancerous tumors have spread outside of the bladder into nearby tissue as well.
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