Prostate MRI

Prostate MRI

MRI - Siemens VERIO - Doc with PtProstate cancer is one of the most common cancers in America, affecting 1 in 6 men. It is also the second leading cause of cancer death, confirming that early detection and timely treatment are essential. Traditional methods of prostate cancer detection used by Primary Care Physicians and Urologists include the digital rectal exam (DRE) and the Prostate Specific Antigen (PSA) blood test.

Radiology Associates offers magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) as a new complementary imaging exam to aid prostate cancer diagnosis, staging, treatment planning, and management. Prostate MRI better visualization of the prostate gland and surrounding tissues than any other imaging test and provides functional information about the tissue. This “functional” information can help determine, with a higher degree of certainty, whether areas of prostate tissue are normal or abnormal.

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Who Should Have a Prostate MRI?
The definitive role of prostate MRI in the diagnosis and management of prostate cancer is still being defined. However, MRI has
been shown to be helpful in the following clinical situations:

  • Elevated PSA blood test and negative biopsy results
  • Staging for biopsy proven prostate cancer
  • Radiation therapy treatment planning
  • Detection of local recurrence after treatment
  1. Do not eat or drink for 4 hours prior to the exam. However, you may take any medications with a small amount of fluid.
  2. Do not engage in any type of sexual activity for 48 hours prior to the examination. This allows us to best evaluate the seminal vesicles (structures adjacent to your prostate gland) for any cancer spread.
Why do I have to wait for 4 to 6 weeks after my biopsy for imaging?

Following any prostate gland biopsy, there is hemorrhage (blood products) in the gland. These blood products can sometimes make it difficult or impossible to visualize a prostate cancer and prevent accurate staging. The time for adequate clearing of these blood products is different for every patient, but we recommend that you wait at least 4 weeks if you have been diagnosed with prostate cancer, and at least 6 weeks if your biopsy results are negative (no cancer found).

What should I bring with me to the appointment?
It is important for our Radiologists to know your history in order to correctly interpret your examination. Therefore, we ask for you to provide us with your most recent PSA value and dates of any prior biopsy or surgery. If you have had any prior imaging of your prostate gland or pelvis, it is helpful to provide those images or give us permission to request those images from the other facility.