Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is an advanced and painless scan that allows doctors to look at the prostate without the use of x-rays.
It is a non-invasive imaging modality which uses a very strong magnet, radiofrequency waves and a powerful computer to produce detailed images of the prostate, to detect the early stages of cancer and if present, to determine if the cancer has spread.
Coastal Imaging uses the Siemens Sometom 1.5T MRI scanner to perform a multi-parametic prostate examination. This includes routine imaging sequences, diffusion weighted imaging (DWI) and post contrast imaging with kinetic curve assessment and spectroscopy.
A recent Australian study with leading Australian Urologists and Radiologists showed that 1.5T MRI of the prostate was superior to the 3T MRI in detecting low grade cancers. The study also concluded a 1.5T was equivalent to 3T MRI in detecting higher grade cancers.