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MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) of the head does not use X-ray radiation. It instead uses a powerful magnetic system to make images of the brain and brain tissue area. It can create dozens or sometimes hundreds of images in a short time.
A head MRI can identify and check bleeding in the brain, infection, tumors, multiple sclerosis, stroke and birth defects.
According to the American Cancer Society, prostate cancer is the most common cancer in American men. About 1 man in 7 will be diagnosed with prostate cancer in his lifetime. It is also the second leading cause of cancer death in males, second only to lung cancer.
An MRI exam of the prostate is a key imaging exam used to examine the prostate and surrounding lymph nodes to identify cancerous and noncancerous prostate areas or identify areas of infection in the prostate. It is also used to monitor prostate cancer severity, whether the cancer is growing and spreading to areas outside the prostate or to assist in radiotherapy planning once the cancer has been found.
An MRI study of the prostate incorporates a powerful magnet system, radio waves and a computer to create very detailed images of the prostate gland and surrounding anatomy. There is no ionizing radiation (X-rays) used to create any MRI image.
Prior to your prostate MRI, you will be asked questions about:
You will also be given guidelines about:
During the procedure, an MRI contrast agent (dye) will be injected into a vein in your arm. This contrast improves the ability to differentiate structures and disease in the prostate. Images generated during the MRI are immediately transmitted to a computer with specialized prostate software and advanced tools to further analyze the images and provide comprehensive statistical and architectural 3D analysis. The data assists the radiologist in providing a complete, comprehensive interpretation of the exam.
There is no recovery period required and you may immediately return to a normal diet and activities.
You can access online the results and report of your MRI prostate exam by visiting myBayCare.org, which is your secure, personal website connecting you to your medical records.
Membership in myBayCare.org begins when you provide your e-mail address during your registration at any BayCare facility. You will receive an invitation to enroll via e-mail, or you can self-enroll online.