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What happens during the MRI exam for prostate cancer?

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You will be asked to wear a hospital gown during the MRI scan. As the MRI scan begins, you will hear the equipment making a muffled thumping sound, which will last for several minutes. Other than the sound, you should notice no unusual sensations during the scanning. Certain MRI exams require an injection of a dye (contrast material). This helps identify certain anatomic structures on the scan images. People who get anxious when in tight spaces (claustrophobic) may benefit from talking to their doctor before the procedure. Some options include taking a prescription medication before the procedure to relieve anxiety or having the exam done in one of the newer and less confining MRI units, called an open MRI, when available.

From: Prostate Cancer: MRI WebMD Medical Reference

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Radiological Society of North America.

Reviewed by Laura J. Martin on September 17, 2017

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Radiological Society of North America.

Reviewed by Laura J. Martin on September 17, 2017

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