Prostate

MRI is an advanced medical imaging tool which uses a strong magnetic field and radio waves to produce detailed imaging of soft tissues and muscle, which makes it ideal for imaging the prostate.

Prostate MRI is most commonly used for screening and diagnosis of prostate cancer.

 

How do I prepare?

  • This examination requires specific preparation, our bookings staff will discuss this with you when you book an appointment.
  • It’s a good idea to wear a separate top to bottoms during your appointment. This makes changing for the examination easier.

Technology and Team

MRI of the prostate is performed on a 3T MRI machine. This is so we can get detailed and high resolution scans of this area.

We also have wide bore options in limited locations. The wide bore offers slightly more space inside the MRI tube so it may help those who suffer from claustrophobia.

Your Prostate MRI will be performed by an MRI Technician. These technicians are Radiographers who have undergone additional training and exams in order to operate an MRI scanner. The MRI images are viewed by a Radiologist who makes a diagnosis based on what they can see.

 

 

What happens during my examination

When entering the MRI room, your MRI Radiographer will explain exactly what will happen during your procedure. It may vary slightly from what we describe below, so don’t worry if this is the case, you’ll always be in very good hands.

When you arrive for your appointment and before your MRI scan is performed you will be asked to use a Microlax enema, which will be used to help empty the last part of your rectum. We will supply the tube of Microlax and you will be asked to administer this yourself.

In most cases we will insert an intravenous (IV) line into your arm. We will use this to give you some contrast, which will enhance the images we take of the prostate.

You will be asked to lie down on the MRI bed on your back and a piece of plastic is placed over your pelvis. This plastic is called a coil.

Some men find this awkward, but our Radiographer are discreet and professional and will do everything they can to make you feel comfortable.

When the images are being taken, you will hear loud banging noises made by the MRI machine. You’ll be offered headphones through which the MRI Radiographer can talk to you and play a selection of music to help reduce the noise and pass time more quickly. You will be given a button to press should you at any time want to talk to the Radiographer or stop the exam.

Once in position the MRI Radiographer will leave the room, and the bed will move slowly into the scanner so you are positioned in the centre of the machine.

You will need to lay very still for up to 30 minutes.

After your examination

The results of your Prostate MRI will be sent directly to your referring Doctor. Please ensure you book a timely follow-up appointment to discuss your results with them.

Cost

The cost of a Prostate MRI will depend on the reason for your scan. Please ask for a quote at the time of booking.

Locations providing this service

189 Lake Street

189 Lake Street,
Cairns, QLD, 4870

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Bayside

16 Weippin Street (Opposite Redland Hospital) Cleveland, QLD, 4163

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Bowen Hills

Bowen Hills Medical Specialist Centre
Suite 3, 16 Thompson Street
Bowen Hills, QLD, 4006

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Cairns Private Hospital

144 Lake Street,
Cairns, QLD, 4870

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Coorparoo

342 Old Cleveland Road,
Coorparoo, QLD, 4151

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Domain Central

21a/I Domain Central,
103 Duckworth Street,
Townsville, QLD, 4812

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Douglas Discovery Rise

Clinical Practice Building,
James Cook Drive (cnr Mt Stuart Street),
Douglas, QLD, 4814

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Gold Coast Airport Central

Airport Central, 1 Eastern Avenue, Bilinga, QLD, 4225

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Gold Coast Private Hospital

Ground Floor, 14 Hill Street, Southport, QLD, 4215

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Greenslopes Private Hospital

Lower Lobby Level,
Newdegate Street,
Greenslopes, QLD, 4120

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Mackay Fourways

96 Nebo Road,
West Mackay, QLD, 4740

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Mater Hospital Brisbane

4th Floor, 32 Raymond Terrace,
South Brisbane, QLD, 4101

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Mater Private Hospital Hyde Park

9-13 Bayswater Road,
Hyde Park, QLD, 4812

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Mater Private Hospital Mackay

76 Willetts Road,
North Mackay, QLD, 4740

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Mater Private Hospital Pimlico

Fulham Road,
Pimlico, QLD, 4812

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Mater Private Hospital South Brisbane

301 Vulture Street,
South Brisbane, QLD, 4101

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Mater Private Hospital Springfield

30 Health Care Drive,
Springfield Central, QLD, 4300

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Queen Elizabeth II Jubilee Hospital

Cnr of Kessels and Troughton Roads,
Coopers Plains, QLD, 4108

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Southport

128 Queen Street ,
Southport, QLD 4215

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St Andrew’s Hospital Toowoomba

280 North Street,
Toowoomba, QLD, 4350

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St Vincent’s Hospital Toowoomba

Scott Street,
Toowoomba, QLD, 4350

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Sunnybank Private Hospital

Level 1, Sunnybank Private Medical Centre
245 McCullough Street,
Sunnybank, QLD, 4109

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Taringa Westside Private Hospital

32 Morrow Street, Taringa, QLD, 4068

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Wynnum

101 Clara Street,
Wynnum, QLD, 4178

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