What is a prostate MRI?
Prostate MR is a highly effective screening tool for prostate cancer detection. Magnetic resonance imaging has been shown to be of particular help in the localization and staging of prostate cancer. MRI provides information on how water molecules and blood flow through the prostate and helps determine whether cancer is present.
Prostate cancer is the second most common cancer and the second leading cause of cancer death in American men. 1 in 8 men with be diagnosed with prostate cancer during their lifetime. The 5-year survival rate for people with prostate cancer in the United State is 98%.
Occasionally, an MRI of the prostate is used to evaluate other prostate problems, including:
- Infection or abscess
- Enlarged prostate, (BPH)
- Congenital conditions
- Complications after pelvic surgery
Discuss the risks and benefits of having a prostate MRI with your physician.
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