Important information to know
ABOUT Prostate MRI
Doctors use magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) of the prostate to learn about any abnormalities that a patient may have in the prostate area. MRI can also be used to detect disease that returns in patients who have undergone a prior prostatectomy. MRI uses a safe magnetic field and radio waves to create medical images.
MRI scans of the prostate take about 30 – 45 minutes and at MetroWest MRI we do not require the use of an endorectal coil. During the exam you will wear a hospital gown and lie on the table of the MRI scanner. When the scan begins, you will hear a muffled thumping sound that lasts several minutes. After several sets of images are taken, the technologist will give you an injection of contrast through an IV. More MRI pictures are taken after the injection. The technologist will stay in contact with you throughout the exam.