Prostate MRI solution
Raised prostatic specific antigen (psa) and cannot tolerate a conventional MRI examination? Help is at hand by being scanned seated in our unique open MRI scanner.
The diagnosis and staging of prostate cancer is important, requiring a thorough MRI examination. The only viable alternative for the obese, or claustrophobic patient, to conventional supine MRI of the prostate gland.
After all, a claustrophobic patient should not be disadvantaged because he cannot tolerate a conventional MRI scanner, when the same result is easily obtained in our upright open scanner.
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. Our scanner can also accommodate larger body types that may have difficulty fitting in a conventional MRI. 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