by Bridget O’Gara, Yavapai Regional Medical Center
Gentlemen, listen up. Yavapai Regional Medical Center (YRMC) has introduced prostate Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI). This is a less-invasive, painless and highly effective way to diagnose prostate cancer, which 1 in 9 men will experience during their lifetimes.
“Prostate MRI can prevent some biopsies and give urologists the information they need to perform targeted biopsies,” says Deven Cox, DO, a YRMC diagnostic radiologist who has interpreted approximately 1,000 prostate MRIs during his career.
That’s reason enough to celebrate the introduction of prostate MRI at YRMC, but we’ve found more.
Prostate MRI is a relatively new way to diagnose cancer, and it can eliminate traditional biopsies.
Diagnosing prostate cancer traditionally requires a physical exam of the gland’s surface and a prostate-specific antigen (PSA) blood test. These may be followed by what’s called a TRUS biopsy. TRUS biopsies require a total of 12 needle punctures: six on each side of the prostate gland. Following this type of biopsy, some men experience pain or tenderness, infection, hemorrhaging and lower-urinary tract difficulties.
Prostate MRI is non-invasive, painless and has no side effects.
The prostate MRI experience closely mimics an MRI. The patient lies comfortably in the MRI scanner at YRMC West in Prescott. An imaging contrast agent is delivered through an IV and the YRMC Imaging Services team then gathers images of the patient’s prostate. This takes approximately 30 minutes.
Prostate MRI provides lots of important information.
Prostate MRI technology allows diagnostic radiologists to answer three important questions about prostate cancer:
- Where is the tumor located in the prostate gland?
- How aggressive is the tumor?
- Has the cancer spread outside of the prostate gland?
Many conditions can be diagnosed with prostate MRI.
In addition to cancer, prostate MRI can diagnose other common conditions, including infections and inflammation.
For more information about prostate MRI, talk to your health care provider or visit Imaging Services at www.YRMC.org.