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MRI PELVIS PROSTATE

Introduction:

Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) of the prostate uses a powerful magnetic field, radio waves and a computer to produce detailed pictures of the structures within a man’s prostate gland. It is primarily used to evaluate the extent of prostate cancer and determine whether it has spread. It also may be used to help diagnose infection, benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) or congenital abnormalities. Exams may be performed using an endorectal coil – a thin wire covered with a latex balloon – that is inserted a short distance into the rectum. Prostate MRI does not use ionizing radiation, and it provides images that are more clear and more detailed than other imaging methods.

Tell your doctor about any health problems, recent surgeries or allergies. The magnetic field is not harmful, but it may cause some medical devices to malfunction. Most orthopedic implants pose no risk, but you should always tell the technologist if you have any devices or metal in your body. Guidelines about eating and drinking before your exam vary between facilities. Unless you are told otherwise, take your regular medications as usual. If you have claustrophobia or anxiety, you may want to ask your doctor for a mild sedative prior to the exam.



Preparation:

2 hours before arrival they have to do fleets enema at home. No sexual activity 3 days prior to the MRI appointment. Nothing metallic be worn, so it's best to leave all jewelry at home. Because of the strong magnetic field, people who have a heart pacemaker or any kind of metallic implant in their body shouldn't have an MRI unless their physician knows and has OK'd the procedure. You should also make sure the MRI technologists is aware of any metal fragments you might have in your body. If you expect to be sedated, do not eat 6 hours prior to the exam. Patient must to have a driver to be sedated. Also read MRI Closed introduction.