What is Prostate MRI?
Advanced Medical Imaging uses state of the art magnetic resonance imaging to provide detailed images of the prostate gland. Currently, no other imaging technique can MRI when it comes to prostate imaging. In addition, these images can be processed on a computer to give additional information to help direct your doctors to the areas of concern.
Why do I need a prostate MRI?
Since only about 1% of the prostate is sampled during a transrectal biopsy, endorectal prostate MRI can provide a roadmap for your urologist before the biopsy. This adds a level of assurance that the he or she is sampling the most suspicious areas.
What are the other benefits of Prostate MRI?
- Rising PSA levels following prostatectomy or other therapy
- Negative prior trans-rectal ultrasound-guided prostate biopsies with rising PSA
- Positive digital rectal examination with negative trans-rectal ultrasound-guided biopsies
- Pre-op planning to evaluate for disease extent
If you fit the above profile, speak to your urologist or primary care provider about a prostate MRI.
How is Prostate MRI done?
Prostate MRI is done with just a torso/pelvic coil or with a combination of an endorectal coil and a torso/pelvic coil. Endorectal Prostate MRI offers excellent image quality due to the proximity of the coil to the gland.
To image the prostate with the endorectal coil, you will be placed on the MRI table and a special type catheter/coil (like those used for Barium Enema exams) is gently inserted into the rectum directly under the prostate gland. You may feel a mild discomfort during the initial insertion of the coil, but should be comfortable during the exam. A balloon on the tip of this catheter is inflated and the MR signal is detected by this coil during the exam to produce high resolution pictures of the prostate. During the exam you will hear a knocking sound, which is when you need to hold perfectly still. The scan is very sensitive to motion. If you move even a little during the scan, the entire scan may need to be repeated. Typical exam time is 45 minutes.
We have an intercom system so that you can hear and talk to the technologist who is operating the scanner.
How do I prepare for it?
- Nothing to eat or drink 6 hours prior to the exam
- Fleets enema the morning of the procedure or 2 hours prior to the exam
- No sexual intercourse 3 days prior to the exam
- If you have had a prostate biopsy, it is suggested that you schedule this MRI 4-6 weeks after your biopsy.
How can I schedule for one?
Call Advanced Medical Imaging at 860-489-7314.