Up to six million people suffer from incontinence in the UK, costing the NHS an estimated £233 million a year*
Uncontrollable urinary or bowel urgency causes not only worry and embarrassment, but may also be the symptom of a more serious underlying medical condition.
Pelvic floor dysfunction is triggered by a number of factors including pregnancy and birth, hormonal changes during menopause and age-related weakening of the pelvic floor muscles.
Locating the exact cause of the discomfort can be difficult. But now, pelvic floor weakness can be thoroughly examined sitting upright in a natural weight-bearing MRI scan, and an advisory website has been launched to explain the procedure: www.pelvic-floor-mri.com.
Unlike conventional methods such as X-rays or the tunnel MRI system, patients are not examined lying down.
“You are scanned seated normally, and will be asked to ‘push down’ – straining into the pelvis so that any prolapse can be evaluated,” comments Professor Francis Smith, Medical Director at Medserena Upright MRI Centres.
“Given the recognised impact of an upright posture on the pelvic organs, this means you are imaged in a much more relevant way physiologically”.
The Upright scanner is also completely open at the front, making it ideal for claustrophobic patients – you can even watch TV whilst the painless process is carried out. Afterwards, a specialised radiologist evaluates the images and sends a report to your consultant. This enables targeted therapy to be developed for the condition.
Medserena has two centres in the UK, in London and Manchester.