Thanks to advanced MRI imaging, prostate conditions can be accurately identified.

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Prostate cancer is a common cancer, affecting 13 in 100 American men. Powerful diagnostic technology has greatly benefited the early detection of prostate cancer, particularly magnetic resonance imaging, or MRI. This machine uses radio waves and magnets to generate images of the prostate. A 3T MRI utilizes especially powerful magnets to yield even clearer images than standard MRI scanners.

How Does It Work?

When receiving a prostate MRI, you will lay on your back on the patient table, which will then move inside the MRI machine. During the scan, an electric current passes through wire coils in the machine and creates a strong magnetic field. The coils send radio waves and produce computer-generated images of the prostate for doctors to analyze. A prostate MRI typically takes 30-45 minutes.

The Benefits of Prostate MRI

Noninvasive. Prostate MRIs are a noninvasive and painless diagnostic technology. Additionally, the 3T Open MRI is more spacious than standard systems, helping patients remain comfortable during the scan.

Higher diagnosis accuracy. Compared to other diagnostic methods, such as physical exams or ultrasounds, MRIs have the highest rate of detection. The detailed images of the prostate can reveal abnormalities that may otherwise be obscured.

Faster treatment planning. The 3T MRI is the fastest prostate MRI technology available and is up to twice as fast and more accurate as standard MRI systems. Its computer-generated images can be sent for immediate analysis, meaning doctors can move forward with developing and implementing a treatment plan, if required.

An Expert Weighs In

“Research shows that prostate MRI is the most powerful diagnostic tool we have, detecting up to 95% of clinically significant prostate cancer. For example, PSA blood test has a 21% sensitivity in detection of clinically significant disease, and random biopsy in some studies can only be as high as 50%. A landmark paper of level 1 data in a large trial recently published in the New England Journal of Medicine showed the power of prostate MRI and targeted biopsy in drastically reducing unnecessary surgery for low-grade disease. Interestingly, this study was performed at the same institute that proved screening mammography saves lives.”

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