What is a Prostate MRI?
MRI stands for Magnetic Resonance Imaging. A prostate MRI provides clearer and more detailed images of the soft-tissue structures of the prostate than alternative imaging techniques. This test is non-invasive and does not expose you to any radiation.
During a prostate MRI scan, many very thin 2-dimensional pictures are taken and assembled into 3-dimensional pictures by a computer. This allows the doctor to look layer by layer at the prostate and provides greater detail to aid in the diagnostic process.
Prostate MRI may be used to evaluate an abscess, infection (prostatitis) or an enlarged prostate (benign prostatic hyperplasia). In cancer patients, MRI may be used to examine the prostate and nearby lymph nodes to distinguish between benign and malignant areas.