The Chenies Mews Imaging Centre is fully equipped to offer 3T Multiparametric MRI scans and our expert team of imaging specialists will ensure you get the highest quality results.
Prostate imaging has developed significantly over recent years. New 3T imaging technology offers enhanced image quality allowing urologists to diagnose prostate cancer more effectively and without the need for invasive surgery.
Flexible appointments are available to both self funding and insured patients.
What is a Multiparametric MRI Scan?
Multiparametric MRI scans are able to produce a more detailed image of the prostate than a standard MRI scan. It combines a number of images and gives your consultant more information about where the cancer is located and whether or not it may spread.
Can an MRI scan detect prostate cancer?
Multiparametric MRI scans have improved the accuracy with which prostate cancer can be diagnosed and have enabled a new form of classification, called PI RADS, to be used. This offers improved detection of prostate cancer and increased sensitivity to identify and understand benign disease. This improved understanding reduces the need for additional biopsies and unnecessary treatment which carries the risk of further complications for some men.
What does PI RADS stand for?
PI RADS stands for Prostate Imaging Reporting and Data System and it provides a structured method of describing and interpreting the results of multiparametric MRI scans of the prostate.
What is a PI RADS score?
A PI RADS score categorises prostate MRI results based on the likelihood that the lesion is prostate cancer. These range from a score of 1 which indicates that cancer is unlikely to a score of 5 which indicates there is a strong suspicion of cancer.
How long does it take to do an MRI of a prostate?
A standard prostate MRI scan generally takes 30 – 45 minutes, however our state of the art technology means we are able to offer a Multiparametric MRI taking approximately 25 minutes to complete.
How is a Multiparametric MRI scan done?
A Multiparametric prostate MRI scan is much like having a standard MRI scan and there is nothing to worry about. You will lie on a table which will be moved through the large, tunnel shaped scanner. In order to produce clear images, you will need to lie still during this time. The scan is quite noisy but nothing will ever touch you at any point. The radiologist will guide you through this process and although they will leave the room during the scan, they will still be able to see and speak to you throughout. In some circumstances a dye may need to be injected to be able to view the prostate and tissues clearly.