Is a Prostate MRI right for you?

March 21, 2023

Wondering whether or not a prostate MRI is right for you? Here are three reasons why you should get an MRI for prostate cancer:

  • Your PSA (prostate-specific antigen) is elevated
  • You have a family history of prostate cancer
  • You are on active surveillance from a previous diagnosis of prostate cancer

A prostate MRI can be used for men, much like a mammogram for women. An MRI of the prostate offers visualization of potentially significant prostate cancers, helping us determine which patients need a biopsy and how to target an identified lesion during biopsy. As you can see by these pictures, the lesion on the prostate is visualized and mapped which gives your doctor a “blueprint” to assist with a biopsy if needed.

The prostate MRI procedure not only helps with tumor location, but it’s very useful for staging and mitigating risks among patients. Early detection is key: Prostate cancer is the second leading cause of cancer deaths among men, but it can be effectively treated and cured if it is caught early. This is especially important since prostate cancer typically doesn’t present with many symptoms in the early stages.

Austin Urology Institute offers the latest, cutting-edge technology to combat prostate cancer. In addition to active surveillance of low-grade cancers, we also offer the minimally invasive da Vinci Robotic Prostatectomy to fight more aggressive cancers.

Dr. Shaw has been consistently voted as one of the best urologists in Austin, and that expertise extends to prostate health. If you have any of the risk factors for prostate cancer or think you’re a good candidate for screening, then contact Austin Urology Institute to set up an appointment: 512-694-8888.