At Mayo Clinic, colorectal surgeons examine the entire pelvis to determine the extent of your rectal prolapse and whether you need surgery.
One test — dynamic MRI — is particularly helpful in diagnosing and planning treatment for rectal prolapse. This noninvasive test scans the entire pelvis during a bowel movement and produces a video of the pelvic muscles and pelvic organs at work. Dynamic MRI also reveals prolapse in other pelvic organs, such as the bladder or vagina.
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