Prostate MRI

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What is an Prostate MRI?

A Prostate MRI uses a magnetic field and radio waves to create detailed pictures of the prostate and surrounding anatomy.

Where can I schedule this exam?

An MR Prostate exam can be scheduled at: 

How should I prepare for my exam?

MRI uses a strong magnetic field and radio waves to make detailed pictures; please review our MRI metal safety checklist.

  •  This exam can be scheduled four weeks after a prostate biopsy.

  •  Nothing to eat or drink three hours before your exam.

  •  Refrain from ejaculating for three days prior to the exam.

  • Wear comfortable clothes without metal fasteners, includingzippers, buttons and snaps.

  • Three hours prior to your appointment, please use a bisacodyl suppository (Dulcolax®) which is available free of charge at anySuburban Imaging location or at your local pharmacy.

  • Arrive 15 minutes prior to your appointment time for registration.

  • Bring with you:

    – Your appointment form

    – Your insurance card and a valid photo ID

    – A favorite music CD to listen to during the exam

  • Please let us know if you have an insulin pump or glucose monitor. Our imaging machines may cause your device to malfunction, so it will need to be removed during your exam.
What happens during my exam?

You will be asked to change into a gown or scrubs. Jewelry,watches, piercings and possibly dentures will need to be removed. You will have to leave all personal items in a secure locker outside of the MRI room. An IV will be started in a vein in your arm. The technologist will give you headphones so you can listen to music during the exam. Contrast material will be injected through the IV line at timed intervals throughout the exam.

The technologist will help you move onto your back and the table will move slowly into position. For the best possible images, you will need to be as still as possible during the exam, which takes approximately 30-45 minutes. You may hear a drumming sound as the machine captures the images. You will be asked to hold your breath several times for 20-30 seconds per time while theimages are captured. The imaging technologist will be outside of the room and is immediately available at all times. You will have a button in your hand to call for assistance, if needed. You will be in full view of the technologist by means of a window and video camera.

What happens after my exam?

You will be helped off the scanner table and your IV will be removed. You may resume regular activities immediately after your exam. If you were given Valium (diazepam) for claustrophobia during your exam, you will not be able to drive for 12 hours.

Your images will be interpreted by a board-certified radiologist and the findings will be sent to your healthcare provider. Your healthcare provider will contact you to discuss the results.

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