What is Prostate MRI?
Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is one of the safest, most comfortable imaging techniques available, combining a powerful magnet with an advanced computer system and radio waves to produce accurate, detailed, pictures of organs and tissues.
Prostate MRI uses computer-aided detection (CAD) to pinpoint specific areas within the prostate gland that are suspicious and may require further evaluation.
Who is a candidate for Prostate MRI?
Prostate MRI is an effective diagnostic tool for men with:
- Elevated or rising Prostate-specific Antigen (PSA) and at least one negative Transrectal Ultrasound-guided (TRUS) biopsy
- Positive Digital Rectal Exam (DRE) and negative TRUS biopsy
- Prostate cancer diagnosis—to provide accurate staging and guide treatment options or assess disease progression
- Prostate cancer—to assess recurrences following radical prostatectomy or radiation therapy
- Fast 4-6 hours prior to your exam
- No caffeine for 4-6 hours prior to your exam
- No sexual intercourse or ejaculation 3 days prior to your exam
- Fleet enema should be taken the night before your exam