Prostate MRI

  • The most accurate screening test for prostate cancer
  • Can help doctors distinguish between aggressive and slow-growing cancers
  • Can help avoid unnecessary biopsies and associated side effects
  • Recommended by the American Urological Association

Multiparametric prostate MRI (mpMRI) is an exciting new screening tool for men who have risk factors for prostate cancer. As a front-line test, it can help you detect—or rule out—prostate cancer without the “poke and hope” approach of a blind prostate biopsy.

If a biopsy is needed, prostate MRI can ensure the biopsy is highly targeted to the area in question, potentially reducing the number of biopsy samples needed and thereby reducing the number of needle sticks required to obtain them.

If you have two or more of the following risk factors, you may benefit from prostate MRI:

  • 65 years of age or older
  • Elevated PSA
  • Abnormal digital rectal exam
  • Family history
  • African American
  • Overweight
  • Enlarged prostate

Interested in learning more about how prostate MRI works?

Hear Michael, accompanied by our own Dr. Ross Schwartzberg, talk about his experience with Prostate MRI at IHS.

The RSI Difference

Through our partnership with CorTechs Labs, prostate MRI at IHS uses a unique diffusion technique called Restriction Spectrum Imaging (RSI) along with artificial intelligence. This provides valuable information that helps our doctors to differentiate between clinically significant, aggressive cancer and less threatening, slower-growing cancer. We are the only regional imaging center network to offer this advanced technology on all prostate MRI exams.

In addition, we are the most experienced imaging provider in San Diego when it comes to prostate MRI. Our state-of-the-art equipment and software are optimized for this test. Our technologists have been specially trained and use advanced protocols when imaging patients. Our doctors work closely with urologists in the community to ensure that these exams are performed in the context of patient history and other health concerns. The goal of our prostate MRI screening program is to help men achieve early detection of life-threatening cancer while helping them avoid an unnecessary biopsy and/or overtreatment.

RSI-MRI+ images

Patient had previous MRI scan, but did not move on to biopsy. After adding RSI, RSI clearly shows positive posterior midline mid peripheral zone, while at same location DWI is faintly hyperintense, and ADC is moderately hypointense. RSI abnormality informs designation of PI-RADS 4.

Schedule A Prostate MRI at IHS

Not all insurance plans cover this test, but at IHS, we’ve made this revealing test highly affordable. Click here to see the cost of our prostate MRI and our other screening and diagnostic tests. Special financing options are available.

Call us at 858-888-4398 to learn more or to schedule your test today!

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