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What is Prostate MRI?

Conventional imaging exams used in prostate cancer detection and treatment are unable to produce clear images of the prostate gland. The inability to see prostate cancer means many diagnoses are made with a degree of uncertainty. Unfortunately, this current standard of care has subjected too many men to numerous unnecessary biopsies and the harms of overtreatment, like infection, impotence and incontinence.

The advent of 3.0T MRI systems (vs. 1.5T MRI) over the last 15 years has greatly enhanced the capability of MRI in the detection of Prostate Cancer. An innovative prostate imaging technique called multi-parametric MRI allows physicians to identify prostate cancers and gather information about them before a biopsy. These capabilities have the potential to transform the medical community’s approach to prostate cancer to be much more patient-friendly.

What are the benefits of Prostate MRI?

Up until recently, our Prostate imaging program has been critical in guiding the urologist community with the “cognitive” targeting of abnormal lesions and their ultrasound-guided Prostate biopsies. Over the last 5 years, the technology needed to “fuse” MR images with real-time ultrasound has set a new standard in accurately diagnosing patients with lesions that are too small or too difficult to access via traditional biopsy techniques. In our constant effort to stay at the forefront of radiology practices, we are pleased to announce that LHR and NYRP have made the significant investment to add this unique ability to our clinical offerings, making our network the only outpatient non-hospital provider to offer this service in the New York City region.

With this information, physicians can:

  • Precisely locate clinically-significant tumors within the prostate gland.

  • Measure the extent of a tumor, or how far it has spread.

  • Estimate Gleason score, which can help to predict how quickly a tumor will grow.

  • Perform targeted biopsy, which requires fewer needles and results in higher cancer yields than conventional blind biopsy.

Who is a candidate for prostate MRI?

As ongoing research provides additional validation points supporting the use of prostate MRI, it is likely to gain widespread traction in clinical settings. For now, candidates for prostate MRI include:

  • Patients with prostate-specific antigen (PSA) levels greater than 4.

  • Patients with negative TRUS biopsy results who continue to experience persistent, unexplained risk factors.

Talk with your physician to learn more about prostate cancer risk and which prostate imaging services are appropriate for you.

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