Merrimack Valley Health Services

Prostate MRI

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Important Things to Know About Prostate MRI

Prostate magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is an advanced diagnostic procedures that can help detect and localize prostate cancer. It is also used for staging, treatment planning and monitoring during and after treatment.

The use of sophisticated image analysis software enables radiologists to improve early detection of prostate cancer, eliminate unnecessary biopsies and provide accurate image guidance to support better care.

Patient Instructions

Arrive 15 minutes early to complete paperwork. Inform your referring physician if you have ever experienced claustrophobia. If necessary, your doctor can prescribe a mild sedative before your appointment. If you receive medication, bring someone to drive you home.

  • Contact us to find out if you have any restrictions on what you can eat and drink before your appointment.
  • Take your regular medications prior to your exam.
  • Bring your insurance information, as well as any applicable diagnostic films.
  • Leave valuables at home. No metal objects can be worn during your scan (such as watches, jewelry, keys or cell phone).
  • You may be asked to wear a hospital gown or your own clothing if there are no metal snaps or zippers.

Notify our staff in advance if you:

  • Have implanted devices
  • Have any serious health problems
  • Have had any surgery within the last eight weeks
  • Have ever had surgery on your brain, ears, eyes or heart
  • Have metal in your eyes, or work with metals
  • Have a bone or joint replacement or any prosthesis
  • Are or may be pregnant or breastfeeding
  • Weigh more than 300 pounds

Once your scan is complete, you may resume normal activities and diet. If you had a contrast injection, the technologist will give you additional instructions in case of discomfort or delayed reaction.

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