The RadNet Prostate MRI Program offers referring physicians the ability to enhance and improve their local TRUS biopsy program. We hope the prostate MRI information on this website is helpful to the medical community. The protocols established by the MRI Program can help to assist with a higher yield of diagnostic accuracy, reduce infections, and promote fewer complications. The Prostate Program works in conjunction with your practice to provide referring physicians more detailed information to make treatment choices for their patients.
The Program will send key color images to referring physicians to help guide medical providers through the report. Follow-up conversations are available with the reading radiologists and/or a Program co-director upon request. The Program’s protocols include:
- Detection Protocol: for patients with a negative TRUS biopsy and unexplained elevated PSA. The scan will consist of protocols T2 imaging, DCE and DWI. No endo coil, no spectroscopy. Routine MRI safety screen plus an IV contrast prep.
- Prostate Cancer Staging Protocol: for patients who have had a recent biopsy proving cancer. In addition to the detection protocol the scan will be performed with an endo coil for optimal resolution and MR spectroscopy and IV contrast for the DCE sequences. This protocol should be used for active surveillance patients.
- Bones and Nodes Protocol: if a patient has a high pretest probability of metastatic prostate cancer we will perform a Bones and Nodes Protocol. This includes imaging the pelvis, lumbar spine and thoracic spine with T1 weighted images and diffusion/STIR images looking for bone metastasis and abnormal lymph nodes.
- Recurrence Protocol: for patients with rising PSA following either RT or surgery.