Updated MRI of the Prostate
Improved MRI imaging of the prostate gland is now available at the Medserena Upright MRI Centre. MRI is currently the most sensitive technique to diagnose prostate cancer (Ahmed HU. Nature reviews Clinical oncology 2009; 6(4):197–206)
Which patients would benefit from Upright Open MRI?
If your patient needs a prostate MRI, a specialised 3.0T MRI scan would most likely be your choice. However, what to do with a patient who is one of the many people that cannot tolerate a conventional prostate MRI either due to claustrophobia, or lack of tolerance for insertion of the internal coil that is required?
Why choose Upright Open MRI?
Our scanner is completely open-the patient sits during the exam and nothing is in front of them- so is well tolerated by claustrophobic people. We dispense with the use of an endo-rectal coil, using a specialist Quad coil that the patient sits on during the examination to give an excellent demonstration of the prostate gland and urinary bladder. This has the additional benefit of reducing the chance of motion artefact.
How good is the quality?
“Conventional open” MRI has often had a poor reputation, with its very low field strengths. Not all open MRI scanners are the same. The quality of the examination performed on this Fonar scanner, one of only two in the UK, exceeds that of any “conventional open” MRI. The unique horizontal magnetic field and modern quadrature coils used by the fonar scanner enables the production of high resolution MRI scans, often indistinguishable from those made using higher field strength magnets.
We have also just updated our prostate exam capabilities with DWI, and ADC scoring. These techniques, which are gaining in popularity, are not available with any other low magnetic field strength scanner.
The Upright Positional MRI System offers the unique possibility of scanning patients in an upright or weight-bearing position.DOWNLOAD CLINICAL FLYER