Prostate Imaging

Hope Imaging Center - Vero Beach, FL

What is Prostate Imaging?

Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) uses a magnetic field, radiofrequency pulses, and a computer to produce detailed pictures of the body. Doctors use Prostate MRI to evaluate the extent of prostate cancer and determine whether it has spread. They may also use it to help diagnose infection, conditions you were born with, or an enlarged prostate. Some exams may use an endorectal coil, a thin wire covered with a latex balloon. The doctor inserts the coil a short distance into the rectum. Prostate MRI does not use radiation. It provides images that are clearer and more detailed than other imaging methods.

Tell your doctor about any health problems, recent surgeries, or allergies. The magnetic field is not harmful. However, it may cause some medical devices to malfunction. Most orthopedic implants pose no risk. Always tell the technologist if you have any devices or metal in your body.

Preparing for Prostate Imaging

Guidelines about eating and drinking before your exam vary between patients. Take your regular medications as usual, unless your doctor tells you otherwise. Leave jewelry at home and wear loose, comfortable clothing. You may need to wear a gown. If you have claustrophobia or anxiety, ask your doctor for a mild sedative prior to the exam.


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