According to the American Cancer Society, prostate cancer is one of the most common types of cancer among men. In fact, one in six men will be diagnosed with it in their lifetime. Like any cancer, diagnosing and treating prostate cancer in its early stages is vital. The new prostate MRI at Southwest Diagnostic Imaging makes diagnosing prostate cancer easier than other technologies.
What is a Prostate MRI?
Here are a few facts about prostate MRI technology:
- A prostate MRI uses radiofrequency to create detailed images of the prostate gland and surrounding tissues.
- During the exam, small devices that send and receive radio waves are placed around the prostate area.
- The new technology identifies specific areas of the gland that are suspicious and need to be further evaluated. They are then evaluated through a targeted MR-guided biopsy procedure.
- Like other MRI exams, the prostate MRI includes multiple scans. The entire exam may take up to 45 minutes.
- The images that are taken during the prostate exam are then analyzed on a powerful, post processing computer which offers a variety of viewing options.
Are you a candidate for prostate MRI exams?
Prostate MRI exams are most effective for the following types of patients:
- Patients with elevated Prostate-specific Antigen.
- Patients with negative prior trans-rectal ultrasound-guided biopsy that have continued elevation or rising PSA
- Positive digital rectal examination with negative trans-rectal ultrasound-guided biopsy.
Contact Southwest Diagnostic Imaging Center
To schedule an appointment, call 214-345-6905.