Understanding Prostate MRI


Prostate MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging) is an advanced imaging technique used to visualize the prostate gland in high detail. Unlike traditional imaging methods, MRI provides clear, cross-sectional images of the prostate, allowing for better detection, characterization, and staging of prostate diseases, particularly prostate cancer.

Why Prostate MRI Matters

Prostate cancer is the second most common cancer among men worldwide! Early detection is crucial for effective treatment and improved survival rates. Prostate MRI plays a critical role in the early diagnosis and management of prostate cancer, offering several advantages:

  • Enhanced Detection:  MRI can identify areas of the prostate that may be missed by other imaging techniques, especially in men with elevated PSA (Prostate-Specific Antigen) levels but negative biopsy results.
  • Guided Biopsies: MRI can help guide biopsies to suspicious areas, increasing the accuracy of the biopsy and reducing the number of unnecessary procedures.
  • Detailed Staging: MRI provides detailed information on the extent of cancer, helping to determine whether it is confined to the prostate or has spread to nearby tissues, which is essential for planning treatment.
  •  Monitoring: For men on active surveillance for low-risk prostate cancer, MRI can be used to monitor disease progression, reducing the need for repeated biopsies.

The Procedure: What to Expect

A prostate MRI is a non-invasive, outpatient procedure that typically takes between 30 to 60 minutes. Here’s what you can expect:

Preparation: You’ll need to remove any metal objects, including zippers, jewelry, keys, etc., as MRI uses strong magnetic fields. The Radiology Clinic requires an enema to be administered prior to the examination to reduce gas in the rectum and, therefore, improve image quality.

During the Exam: You’ll lie on a table that slides into the MRI machine. The machine creates a strong magnetic field and radio waves to produce detailed images of your prostate. You will hear loud thumping or tapping sounds, but you’ll be provided with earplugs or headphones for comfort.

After the MRI Exam: There’s no downtime; you can resume normal activities immediately! The radiologist will interpret the images and send a detailed report to your doctor, who will discuss the results with you. If you need access to your images and/or report, please inquire about your patient portal with The Radiology Clinic. 

Prostate MRI and Men’s Health

Prostate MRI represents a significant advancement in men’s health, offering a reliable, non-invasive method for early detection and management of prostate diseases. By integrating prostate MRI into routine health screenings, men can take a proactive stance in maintaining their health and well-being. Men over 50 or those with a family history of prostate cancer should discuss the benefits of prostate MRI with their healthcare provider as part of a proactive approach to their health. 

Why choose The Radiology Clinic?

The Radiology Clinic is proud to offer the most advanced prostate imaging available to our community and support men in their health journey! All of our prostate examinations utilize the latest, high-resolution parametric protocols to produce high-quality images. Our board-certified radiologists have years of experience and work closely with Urologists and other providers to ensure the delivery of accurate, timely results. If you have questions about Prostate MRI or need to make an appointment, don’t hesitate to get in touch with us at 301-217-0500 or email us at info@theradclinic.com.