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What would my doctor use a prostate MRI for?

Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) aids in evaluation of the prostate in up to four different ways: anatomy, cellular density, blood flow and concentrations of chemicals. Each aspect in useful in a different way for prostate cancer diagnosis, and together the accuracy is better than 93%.

Your doctor will use the results of your prostate MRI for surgical planning, especially robotic-assisted laparoscopic prostatectomy. MRIs can also be used for planning biopsy and radiotherapy, as well as following up on a rising prostate-specific antigen (PSA) after prostatectomy or radiotherapy. Finally, MRI can be used for active surveillance.

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