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