If this is your first MRI, you may not be sure what to expect. Not to worry, we are here to guide you every step of the way. You may or may not be given a contrast agent intravenously. During the procedure, you will lie flat on an exam table. In order to get better images of the prostate gland and surrounding area, an endorectal coil may be used. This thin coil is covered with a latex balloon and then inserted into the rectum. The balloon is inflated to hold the coil in place while it captures closer images of the prostate gland. While the coil is inserted, you may feel slight pressure in the rectal area. You may be given medication or sedation to make you more comfortable.
The table will slide into the scanner where the surrounding magnetic fields and radio waves will capture images of the prostate. It is important that you remain still during this time. Also, the MRI machine does generate loud noise as images are captured. All patients are given ear plugs to wear while in the MRI machine. The Technologist will be in the adjacent room operating the scanner, but will be able to hear and communicate with you throughout the exam. The exam can take anywhere from 45 - 60 minutes.