Lake Imaging offers Prostate MRI at:
- St John of God Hospital – Geelong (see map) Request an appointment
- St John of God Hospital – Ballarat (see map) Request an appointment
About Prostate MRI
Prostate magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is a non-invasive medical test that can detect prostate cancer and provide information about other prostate concerns.
Prostate cancer causes over 3000 deaths in Australian men each year. The risk of prostate cancer increases with age and family history. By the age of 85, approximately 1 in 5 Australian males will be diagnosed with prostate cancer.
If both a prostate-specific antigen (PSA) blood test and digital rectal examination return abnormal results, your doctor may request further tests or refer you to a specialist urologist for a diagnosis.
Until recently, prostate cancer was difficult to image and detect. MRI has emerged as the imaging technique of choice for detecting prostate cancer and provides important information for determining treatment options.
MRI of soft tissue and organs, such as the prostate, are clearer and more detailed than other imaging methods. MRI enables early diagnosis of prostate cancer as well as an accurate evaluation of the tumour's extent.
MRI can determine if the cancer is entirely inside the prostate gland or has spread to nearby or distant organs. For men with an intermediate or high probability of cancer spread outside the prostate, MRI improves the accuracy of information, allowing your doctor to determine a more appropriate treatment plan.
MRI also provides important information to surgeons. Understanding the extent of cancer in your prostate helps your surgeon to preserve delicate arteries and nerves that are essential for sexual function and bladder control.
Furthermore, prostate MRI is used to evaluate other prostate problems such as infection or abscess, prostate enlargement, congenital abnormalities or complications after pelvic surgery.
For more information about prostate cancer, visit the Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia.
Your appointment and preparation
A referral from your doctor and an appointment is required for a prostate MRI examination.
Please have a light dinner the night before and a light breakfast the day of your scan.
Please be aware that you may be in the department for 2.5-3 hours. Parking under the hospital is the best option as it is paid for post leaving (rather than metered parking on the street)
What can I expect during my Prostate MRI procedure?
When you attend your appointment you will be asked to answer a series of questions, remove any jewellery and change into an examination gown. Then the scanning procedure will be explained to you.
It will take approximately 40 minutes to complete an MRI of your prostate.
For your prostate MRI examination, you may require an injection of the safe contrast solution, gadolinium, into your arm vein to enhance the detail of the images produced.
What are the risks and side effects?
There are no known side effects from prostate MRI. Be sure to read the Important MRI Patient Information here.
Who will perform my Prostate MRI and write the report?
A qualified medical imaging technologist, trained in all aspects of MRI scanning, will perform your prostate MRI scan at Lake Imaging.
Then, a radiologist specialising in prostate imaging will interpret your MRI scans and provide a comprehensive report on the findings to your doctor.
We recommend that you make an appointment with your referring doctor to discuss the results of your prostate scan.
What should I expect after my Prostate MRI procedure?
After the MRI examination you should be able to resume your normal activities immediately.
How do I obtain my results?
If the results of your prostate MRI are required urgently or you have an appointment with your doctor straight after the examination, please let the Lake Imaging staff know in advance. Otherwise the results of your prostate MRI will be sent directly to your referring doctor typically within 48 hours.
Please ensure that you make a follow up appointment with your referring doctor or health care provider to discuss your MRI results.