This technique helps the Radiologist and your doctor to understand why you have difficulty passing stool or in some cases why you have inflammation in the lowest part of your bowel.
The scan combines an assessment of the pelvic organs whilst looking for any mechanical reason why you have difficulty opening your bowel.
No preparation is required prior to coming to the centre but after arrival you will have a small enema into the bottom (via a very thin, flexible tube) to help clear the lower bowel. You will then visit the toilet just before the test commences.
For the proctogram, you will be asked to lie on the MRI scanner and a small quantity of special jelly will be introduced into the bottom using a small tube. The tube will then be removed and you will be asked to lie on your back. You may feel worried that this is undignified but please be reassured that we will do our best to ensure your privacy at all times. The procedure is tolerated very well by almost all patients with minimal discomfort.