MRI of the Prostate
A doctor or physician may order an MRI scan of the urinary tract to take pictures of the prostate and nearby organs. An MRI is useful because it shows healthcare providers what tissue is normal, and what tissue is not. Many organs in your body can be seen during a quality MRI of the urinary tract.
The urinary tract includes two kidneys, two ureters, a bladder, and a urethra. The prostate gland is part of the male reproductive system. It is a gland that surrounds the urethra at the neck of the bladder and supplies fluid that goes into semen.
A quality MRI scan can show radiologists what may be causing your signs and symptoms and it’s important that you find the best machines and radiologists possible to receive the best imaging.
Reasons for a Prostate MRI:
A prostate MRI scan may be done to check for certain cancers or other illness. The MRI may show tissue that has cancer cells and tissue that does not have cancer cells.
A prostate MRI can be used to guide doctors or surgeons during a procedure, such as a biopsy. An MRI scan may be used if surgery is needed to remove a growth or lump.
A MRI scan of the prostate can show healthcare providers how well a treatment for a disease is working and the results of a quality MRI scan can help in the plan for the best treatment forward.
A Prostate MRI may help diagnose (find):
A MRI of the prostate can show physicians whether a urinary tract stone or enlarged prostate, also called benign prostatic hyperplasia, is blocking urine flow.
A prostate MRI can diagnose and monitor infection, also known as prostatitis, or prostate abscess.
A MRI of the prostate can display complications after pelvic surgery or any other congenital abnormalities.
- What are MRI scans?
- Why would someone need or get a MRI scan?
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- What are the risks of a MRI scan?
- How are MRIs different than MRA scans?
- How are MRIs different than x-rays or CT scans?