A biopsy is used to detect the presence of cancer cells in the prostate and to evaluate how aggressive cancer is likely to be. Thanks to an array of biopsy techniques and new tools to interpret the results, doctors are better able to predict when cancers are slow-growing and when they’re likely to be aggressive. That information, in turn, can help you and your doctor choose the best course of treatment.
Before having a prostate biopsy performed, most men have undergone other tests for prostate cancer...
Not being able to lie on back for 30 to 60 minutes
Claustrophobia (fear of closed or narrow spaces)
How Long Is the MRI Exam?
Allow 1 1/2 hours for your MRI exam. In most cases, the procedure takes 45 to 60 minutes, during which several dozen images may be taken.
What Happens Before the Exam?
Personal items such as your watch, wallet (including any credit cards with magnetic strips – should not be brought into the room with the MRI machine in it.The credit cards will be erased by the magnet), and jewelry should be left at home, or removed prior to the MRI scan. Secured lockers should be available to store personal items.
What Happens During the Exam?
You will be asked to wear a hospital gown during the MRI scan.