MRI of the prostate is an emerging tool for the early imaging of prostate cancer. It also a useful tool in diagnosing enlarged prostate as well as infections such as prostatitis and prostate abscesses.
MRI technology does not emit radiation- rather, it uses radiofrequencies and powerful magnets to align the hydrogen atoms in your body to produce an extremely detailed internal image of your prostate and surrounding tissues.
You may be a Candidate for prostate MRI if:
- You’ve had a negative prior trans‐rectal ultrasound‐guided (TRUS) biopsy and a continued elevated prostate specific antigen (PSA) level.
- You’ve had a positive digital rectal examination (DRE) and a negative trans‐rectal ultrasound guided (TRUS) biopsy.
- You require prostate surgery or radiation therapy.
- Your doctor has recommended that you have one.
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