A new alternative in prostate cancer diagnosis
Prostate cancer is the second most common cancer for men. In fact, one in six men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer during his lifetime. At CDI in Bellevue and Federal Way, we offer a new alternative in diagnosing new and recurrent prostate cancers; Prostate MRI. This simple exam allows for early detection of prostate cancer or abnormalities.
What is Prostate MRI?
The most common prostate screening exams are 1.) a blood test that checks your PSA level and 2.) a rectal exam. Unless either of these point to a problem, or you’re having symptoms like difficulty going to the bathroom, the PSA and the rectal exam are likely all you’ll ever have. But, if you have an abnormal exam or cancer is detected your doctor may send you for a Prostate MRI. If a suspicious area is identified during the MRI, the images from the MRI will be used during the ultrasound biopsy as a sort of a map, so your doctor will know exactly where to target the biopsy.
What to expect from a Prostate MRI
Who is a Candidate for Prostate MRI?
Prostate MRI is an effective diagnostic tool for men with:
- Elevated or rising Prostate-specific Antigen (PSA)
- One or more negative Transrectal Ultrasound-guided (TRUS) biopsies
- Positive Digital Rectal Exam (DRE) with negative TRUS biopsy