Important information 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 information

Arrive thirty 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 six 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
  • Weigh more than 550 pounds

Once your scan is complete, you may resume normal activities and diet. The technologist will give you additional instructions in case of discomfort or delayed reaction due to the contrast agent.