Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is a non-invasive medical examination that uses a strong magnetic field, radio wave pulses, and a computer to produce detailed, high-resolution images of the prostate.
An MRI exam of the prostate (also called multiparametric MRI) is used to diagnose diseases of the prostate. MRIs of the prostate are usually performed when a man has symptoms suggestive of cancer or inflammation of the prostate. These include frequent urination, problems starting or maintaining a steady stream of urine, pain when urinating, blood in semen or urine, and pain.
Prostate cancer is a possible cause of these symptoms. Infections and inflammation of the prostate can be caused by infection with bacteria, viruses, fungi, or other organisms. Prostate MRI is also used to detect possible problems in the prostate, such as enlarged tissue (benign prostatic hyperplasia), unusual growths (tumors), or the prostate is damaged by infection.
The PSA value (prostate specific antigen) is a protein produced by the cells of the prostate gland. The age-dependent normal range for PSA is 0 to 4 nanograms per millimeter. In Austria, the change in PSA value is used for early detection.If the PSA value increases, this can be an early sign of prostate cancer. MRI of the prostate can also be used to plan treatment for prostate cancer (prostate carcinoma.
You will need: Assignment (detailed brief), previous images/findings, completed questionnaires.
All metallic objects (including jewelry) must be taken off (magnet). You will be examined in a tube with a diameter of approx. 70cm, the examination couch will be moved slightly again and again, please lie very still and follow the instructions of the staff. During the examination, loud knocking noises can be heard, which is why you will be given headphones. An emergency balloon and constant visual contact will allow you to make yourself heard at any time if needed. The examination takes about 20 minutes.
Depending on the examination, it may be necessary to administer a contrast medium via a vein in your arm. As this is excreted via the kidneys, you will need a current creatinine value (can also be determined by us before the examination).
These examinations are provided by Diagnoseinstitut Alsergrund GmbH. These examinations are to be paid privately and can be submitted to a supplementary insurance/private insurance.