Why is my urologist getting me an MRI of my prostate?

Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is similar to a scanner but using a magnetic field instead of rays. MRI of the prostate gland provides a very precise view of the soft tissue and shows whether the cancer has spread to other organs. [1] 

Prostate MRI enables the detection, localisation, estimation of the tumour’s volume and assessment of extension. This information, combined with the results of targeted biopsies, makes it possible to obtain an accurate map of the prostate cancer and to better adapt the therapeutic management of each patient. MRI also has a role in monitoring focal treatments and detecting local recurrences after curative treatment. [2]

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[1] © HIFU-Prostate
[2] Prog Urol, 2015, 25, 15, 933-946

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