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Prostate MRI

Prostate cancer is a common occurrence in men similarly to breast cancer in women. However, men do not have the reliable screening tools, such as mammogram for women, for accurate detection of the disease.

A multiparametric magnetic resonance imaging of the prostate is a new, non-invasive and highly reliable technique in detecting prostate cancer. In addition to producing high resolution of the anatomy, this procedure evaluates the health of the vessels and the density of the cells. The procedure also allows reliable differentiation between clinically significant aggressive cancer and non-significant lesions. It is recommended to perform this procedure before a biopsy in order to focus more on areas visible on MRI, thereby reducing the possibility of non-essential detection benign cancers and differentiating between artefacts on specialized imaging. Biopsy targeted by MRI could limit unnecessary diagnosis and treatment.

Technique

The procedure is performed in the supine (lying on the back) position. A catheter, which is used to administer the contrast medium, is inserted into a vein in the arm or hand. An antispasmodic agent is injected intramuscularly through the biceps before the examination to decrease peristalsis of the intestines.

Examination duration 45 MINUTES


Examinations NOT COVERED by the RAMQ
Most group insurance plans reimburse the cost of such examinations. Inquire if your plan covers the examination. We accept applications from the CSST and the SAAQ.


PREPARATION

It is recommended to do the following before the examination:
  • Refrain from sexual activities for 72 hours.
  • Fast 4 hours before the examination (3 hours before leaving home).
  • Administer a rectal enema (Fleet enema). This can be purchased at a pharmacy.