MRI of the prostate produces detailed pictures of the structures within a man’s prostate gland. It is primarily used to evaluate the extent of the prostate cancer and determine whether it has spread. It also may be used to help diagnose infection, benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) or congenital abnormalities.
Exams may be performed using an endorectal coil – a thin wire covered with a latex balloon – that is inserted a short distance into the rectum.
The MRI scanner uses strong magnetic fields to create an image of the prostate and surrounding tissues and allows radiologists to get an excellent view of the prostate, with no radiation, which in turn helps guide the urologists to perform a targeted biopsy of the most suspicious regions. The MRI scan can also be used to determine the extent of the disease and utilised for treatment planning after diagnosis has been made. The study can be completed in 45 minutes or less.
MRI Prostate is a very useful adjunct tool when used in combination with the clinical history and information provided by the urologist and GP. Please speak to your doctor about whether you will benefit or are due for a PSA test and DRE.
Special preparation for MRI prostate:
Lenolax (a laxative enema) must be taken a day prior to your exam. Lenolax is available without a prescription from your local pharmacy or available at any of our MRI branches.