Magnetic resonance imaging is an impressive example of a very safe diagnostic radiologic that is constantly being developed. This type of scanning is called magnetic resonance imaging (MRI).
The patient lies quiet in a type of tube during the scan. The magnetic and radio waves provide us with a multilayer image of the body. The scan lasts 20 to 30 minutes and is not dangerous. It can be used on women who are pregnant and small children, but only after appropriate consultation and clarification. We mitigate the banging noises that that the MRI makes by providing you with a headset for listening to music.
The only drawback to an MRI: We cannot run this type of scan on patients with pacemakers and inner ear prosthetics. Many patients do not like the narrow confines in the tube. Claustrophobic patients should talk about this with us beforehand.
The MRI is particularly well suited to imaging the brain and spinal cord, internal organs (except the lungs) and the muscles and joints. The MRI has recently been developed to the point that it can even image organ movement, for example a beating heart.
Our modern equipment – the Philips Achieva 1.5 Tesla and the 3.0 Tesla Philips Achieva TX – allow blood vessels to be precisely imaged, virtual image analysis methods, and early detection of tumours as well as insights into the body's metabolism.
Prostate MRI in RCG
The magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) of the prostate is a method, which is used for the diagnosis and detection as well as for early detection of prostate carcinoma (PCA).
In our centre, the MRI of the prostate is performed on a 3.0 Tesla TX Multi Transmit. In contrast to the 1.5 Tesla IT allows us the high field magnet in 3.0 Tesla and the using of multi-function Transmit to get a much thinner and thus more accurate imaging Also Artifacts can be significantly reduced by this method.
MRI allows a distinction between different types of tissue, and this is significantly better than the conventional method, such as the ultrasound. Using superficial array Coils a non invasive investigation is performed. Following administration of a contrast medium through a superficial vein may be a further differentiation between benign, inflammatory or neoplastic foci in the area of the prostate.
It is advisable to have an MRI scan of the prostate performed before Biopsy, because with the help of MRI is the localization of tumor-suspect herd is more accurate, so a more accurate biopsy is possible.
After a biopsy of the prostate, the MRI scan is not good to be performed, because it can pass through the biopsy to a hemorrhage and infection. This complicates the ability to evaluate potential tumors.
The survey takes about 30 to 40 minutes. It is very important that the patient does not move, otherwise this leads to camera shake, which complicates the analysis of the study clearly.
The MRI examination of the prostate is performed primarily in the context of cooperation with the Prostate Centre North-West (PCNW).