MRI Prostate

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.

There are several options available for booking a scan at the Mater Private:
Online: On each services page you will find a request an appointment button on the right hand side of your screen. This will automatically email our team with your request. A member of the team will then be in touch to arrange a suitable date and time.
Email: An email can be sent to the team at
Phone: You can call us on  01 885 8173 / 01 885 8461 
Fax: You can fax a referral to 01 885 8282
Once an examination has been booked an appointment letter will be posted to the patient. In this letter we will include a patient information leaflet with answers to some of the most frequently asked questions regarding the examination. This content can also be found on our website. At the Mater Private Dublin we can generally accommodate MRI requests within two weeks of booking.
There is no specific preparation for an MRI of the prostate. Most examinations last approximately 30 minutes but can sometimes take longer.  The patient will be able to leave immediately following the examination and will be given a disc containing the images from the scan. A Consultant Radiologist will interpret the study and dictate the report on the same day for most examinations. The report will be posted to the referring Physician on that day or the next.
At the Mater Private Hospital, we have a number of direct settlement agreements in place with the various insurance companies:
  • The majority or MRI's are fully covered by Aviva, GLO, GMA and ESB 
  • VHI cover is for Consultant referrals only
A patient's level of cover will be discussed with them at the time of booking their appointment. Our insurance advisors will be happy to check a patient's level of cover at the Mater Private Hospital with their particular plan. 
Our insurance helpline is available on 01 885 8177.  
Alternatively you can email
In the event that your patient is not covered by his/her private health insurance, they will be advised on the cost of the scan at the time of booking.