How Can MRIs be Used to Help Diagnose, Stage and Treat Prostate Cancer?

If you’re a male above the age of 50 years old, you have an increased risk of developing prostate cancer. If you’re between the ages of 70 and 74, you find yourself right in the average age group of men who are diagnosed.

Most forms of prostate cancer are slow growing, but more aggressive ones may occur. The more aggressive ones run the risk of spreading further throughout the body, including bones and lymph nodes.

While a good number of men who live with prostate cancer never feel symptoms and simply pass away from other causes, even before realizing their condition, regular precautions such as screenings should be conducted.

An MRI Scan is the preferred method of prostate cancer imaging before or after biopsy if treatment is anticipated with hormones, surgery or radiation. . Talk to your doctor about any symptoms or family history of prostate cancer before getting any imaging tests.  Ultrasounds may also be used, but are typically reserved to the biopsy portion of testing due to the low tissue resolution of the technology.

With those at risk of progressive prostate cancer, a MRI helps the doctors in surveillance of the patient. With those who have been diagnosed but are slow progressing, MRIs help doctors determine the stage of the disease. For advanced prostate cancer patients, MRI helps detect the possibility of the disease spreading.

Medical imaging, specifically MRI, is a helpful tool in staging and monitoring. Once a high PSA blood test is obtained, MRIs are used to target a specific area for the next, more definitive test for prostate cancer – a biopsy.

If you suspect you may be suffering from symptoms of prostate cancer, first discuss it with your doctor. Medical imaging experts may then be contacted to give you a more accurate idea of what you’re up against.

If you’re located near New Orleans in Metairie, LA, contact the professionals at Doctors Imaging. Their Radiologists have a special interest in Prostate MRI and are concerned with patient care. You can schedule an appointment online, or by calling 504-883-8111.