MRI of the prostate is generally only requested by Urologists or other specialists in prostate disease such as Radiotherapists or Oncologists.
Typically it is performed as part of the further evaluation of the presence of a raised PSA blood test or a biopsy proving positive for the presence of prostate cancer.
Most patients undergo ultrasound guided biopsy of the prostate prior to MRI. Some biopsy related changes can distort the MRI images and so we typically wait several weeks after the biopsy before doing the MRI.
MRI is particularly useful in the accurate staging of prostate cancer as it can assess whether it has spread outside the normal confines of the prostate gland.
MRI is reasonably accurate at identifying small high grade prostate cancers and may be used in patients with a raised PSA but normal biopsy. Many patients now undergo MRI before considering biopsy to assess whether any high grade prostate cancer is present.
- The majority or MRI's are fully covered by Aviva, GLO, GMA and ESB
- VHI cover is for Consultant referrals only