Magnetic resonance (MR) is a non-invasive procedure that enables evaluation, assessment of the dissemination and tracking of male and female pelvic organ disorders. Pelvic MR is the method of choice for many pelvic pathologies. This technique offers great soft tissue contrast resolution and enables the analysis of the pelvic organ anatomy and pathology. An additional positive side is that there is no exposure to ionizing radiation.
To analyze the pathological changes of the uterine cervix, we use a vaginal gel when performing an MRI scan. Vaginal distension is performed by inserting a catheter into the vagina and slowly applying the gel.
To analyze the pathological changes of the terminal end of the large intestine (rectum), we use a rectal gel when performing an MR scan. Rectal distension is performed by inserting a catheter into the rectum and slowly applying the gel.
Rectal and vaginal gel distension represents a simple procedure which can improve detection and visualization of pelvic tumor and non-processes in certain indications and can also enable a more accurate dissemination assessment of the disease.