It’s all about the imaging
Prostate MRI is a noninvasive imaging technique that does not require exposure to ionizing radiation. 1 in 7 men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer during his lifetime. Do you know your options?
To learn more about options men have regarding the diagnosis of prostate cancer, click here for the DIS Prostate 3T MRI patient brochure.
MRI technology and prostate imaging specialists
We use our 3 Tesla (3T) ultra-high field strength MRI at DIS to create detailed high resolution “multiparametric” (meaning to take a large amount of different pictures of the prostate gland) cross-sectional images of the prostate gland.
In addition to conventional MRI, newer techniques such as MR Diffusion and MR Perfusion Imaging are being routinely utilized to better detect and stage prostate cancer. Better detection and staging assists surgeons in planning minimally invasive surgery.
DIFFUSION imaging provides information on the degree of cellular crowding, which is worse where cancer cells are rapidly turning over. PERFUSION imaging provides a map of blood flow, which is increased in cancer cells. These advanced preoperative imaging techniques enable surgeons to more precisely target suspicious lesions for biopsy and to more accurately decide when to remove or spare the delicate neurovascular bundles in different cases. These decisions significantly affect patients’ quality of life after surgery, since urinary continence and sexual potency may be affected.
“I was in your clinic on July 11 (2014) for a prostate MRI. From check-in to MRI, I was most pleased with the level of concern and professionalism shown by all the staff I encountered. I am so glad I found you folks and thank you again.”prostate MRI patient
Prostate 3T MRI is even more comfortable because we do not need to use an endorectal coil in order to perform the exam.
An endorectal coil is essentially an “antenna” placed into a man’s rectum during the MRI scan. The antenna itself is slender, but it is covered with an inflatable balloon, or condom, made of latex or a different substance for patients who have a sensitivity to latex. Patients are usually instructed to eat light meals the day before, and often asked to administer an enema so the lower bowel is empty. This is to make insertion easier.
Prior to insertion, the balloon is lubricated and then a nurse or technician inserts it through the anus into the rectum. The balloon is inflated using a liquid, and as the inflation occurs, the patient experiences pressure within the rectum. The inflation remains throughout the scan, and can be quite uncomfortable for the patient.
Diagnostic Imaging Services does not use the coil for the following reasons:
- Our 3T magnets are state-of-the-art powerful systems that generate fantastic magnetic resonance image clarity.
- Our multiparametric MRI technique is equally advanced, and provides sophisticated visual data on the key parameters that differentiate healthy tissue from cancer and from benign prostate conditions.
- The DIS patient-centered approach means that we want people to feel safe and comfortable during MRI scans of any body condition, including prostate MRI. It is easier to relax and lie still when required to do so if one is not preoccupied and worried about rectal pressure.
Combining advanced imaging techniques with the specialized prostate radiology team from Reliant Radiology
Like other imaging examinations, the most critical component to a valuable, complete and comprehensive prostate 3T MRI study is the specialized group of radiologists who review the images and employ a specific mechanized scientific method to make the best conclusions and produce a thorough report needed by your physician.
The Reliant Radiology team of radiologists employ an all-inclusive approach to utilize the data acquired during the MRI and make findings that answer the most important questions for you and your physician. Their training, background and collective approach is a service unlike any in our area, the state or Gulf South region.
The power of 3T imaging. Advanced multiparametric prostate imaging techniques. The expertise of the Reliant Radiology prostate team. All working for you and your doctor.
Are you a candidate for prostate 3T MRI?
As always, you should consult with your urologist, primary care physician or primary health provider if you believe that you may benefit from prostate 3T MRI. The criteria we follow in the evaluation of a viable candidate includes:
- Men with elevated serum PSA (prostate specific antigen) levels and a negative transrectal ultrasound guided (TRUS) biopsy.
- Men with positive digital rectal examination and a negative TRUS biopsy.
- Men with a diagnosis of prostate cancer confirmed from a TRUS biopsy to exclude additional cancer or extension of cancer outside of the prostate gland.
- Men who have been treated for prostate cancer with radical prostatectomy, radiation therapy, cryotherapy or High Intensity Focused Ultrasound (HIFU) when there is concern for recurrence of prostate cancer.
Diagnostic Imaging Services was the first outpatient imaging center in Louisiana to use cutting-edge advanced image analysis technology with MRI to assist radiologists, urologists, radiation and medical oncologists in the fight against prostate cancer. This combination is the cornerstone of an advanced prostate MRI program that is truly unique in providing more information to aid in diagnostic assessment of the prostate gland.
Invivo DynaCAD is a software package designed to provide a reliable means of visualizing the presence and pattern of contrast-induced enhancement of MRI images in the prostate. This program helps prostate cancer cells stand out in situations where they might normally be undetectable.
This technology analyzes all the MRI images and creates colorized maps based on how the contrast material flows into and out of the prostate. The enhanced visual images help radiologists to distinguish benign from malignant lesions.