How safe is magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) of the prostate?

Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) uses a powerful magnetic field to generate images of the body. The procedure is completely safe except in rare cases when a person has a pacemaker, claustrophobia or kidney failure. During the prostate MRI you must lie motionless on a table for between a half hour and an hour. Sometimes, to improve the images, a small probe called an endorectal coil is placed the rectum. The only needles that may be involved are for an intravenous (IV) line and an injection of a drug for cramps. The resolution and image contrast of MRI are superior to ultrasound and computed tomography (CT) scanning.

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