MRI of the Prostata gland

MRI of the Prostate gland

The magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) of the prostate gland is the most accurate method to diagnose and confirm prostate cancer requiring treatment.
Detection of prostate cancer requiring treatment is more sensitive using the MR technology than the methods used so far, and this test either rules out or confirms particularly the aggressive cancers that have a high mortality.
In many cases today, the MRI of the prostate gland can be used for detailed diagnosis as an alternative to biopsy, the surgical removal and testing of the relevant tissue.
The investigation gives the following results

  • the existence of prostate cancer
  • the exact location and size of the cancer focus
  • the spread and growth in the peri-prostatic area
  • the monitoring of growth and aggressiveness of cancer detected (active surveillance)
  • structured reporting  according to the PI-RADS classification.

This gives the urologists a precise indication for further diagnostics such as a targeted puncture and treatment of the disease.

Multimodal Diagnostics in MRI

Besides the high-resolution image of the prostate gland, the methods of diffusion weighted imaging (DWI) and the dynamic perfusion-MRT are also used to determine the aggressiveness and the spread of a probable tumour as accurately as possible.

The high field-MRI-spectroscopy is a functional testing method that also contributes to the diagnosis. This determines the relationship between various products of metabolism in the prostate, thus giving more information about the existence of a prostate cancer.