Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) uses radio frequency waves and a strong magnetic field rather than X-rays to provide remarkably clear and detailed pictures within a man’s prostate gland. It is used to evaluate the extent of prostate cancer and determine if the cancer has spread. MRI may also be used to help diagnose infection or enlarged prostate. Prostate MRI does not use ionizing radiation and it provides clearer and detailed images.
How Should You Prepare for Prostate MRI?
There is no need to alter your diet or medication prior to an MRI examination. Remove any metal items before the test. Let us know in advance if you have any implanted devices, pacemakers or metal clips in your body. An injection of contrast material will be used. Let your technologist known if you are allergic to contrast or if you have any serious health problems or recent surgery. Some conditions, such as sever kidney disease may require a blood test to determine whether your kidneys are functioning normally.