Medical Imaging Partnership can offer the special type of MRI scan on its 3.0T MR scanner at Queen Anne Street, London and Haywards Heath.
A multi-parametric MRI (mpMRI) scan is the preferred route to determine whether any further investigation is needed. This can help your doctor see if there is any cancer inside your prostate, and how quickly any cancer is likely to grow.
Research has now shown that it may be more useful to do an mpMRI scan than a standard scan, and to do it at an earlier stage – before you have a prostate biopsy.
A mpMRI scan produces more detailed pictures of your prostate than a standard MRI scan. It does this by combining up to four different types of image. These images give your doctor information about whether or not there is any cancer inside your prostate, and how quickly any cancer is likely to grow.
There are two main ways that an mpMRI scan may be useful before a biopsy.
- It can help your doctor decide if you need a prostate biopsy.
- If you do need a biopsy, it should be possible to use the scans to make the biopsy more accurate.
Prostate cancer usually develops slowly, so there may be no signs you have it for many years
Symptoms often only become apparent when your prostate is large enough to affect the urethra (the tube that carries urine from the bladder to the penis).
When this happens, you may notice things like an increased need to urinate, straining while urinating and a feeling that your bladder has not fully emptied.
These symptoms shouldn’t be ignored, but they do not mean you definitely have prostate cancer.
How to book
If you have a referral from your doctor for a scan you can book by calling the relevant team listed below.
To book an appointment at 45 Queen Anne Street, London, please call our team on 0203 519 8998.
To book an appointment at Nuffield Hospital, Haywards Heath, please call our team on 01293 534 043.
If you do not have a referral please call us on 01293 534 043 and a member of our team will discuss how to get one arranged.
Our specialist prostate MRI scans are available from our location in:
Medical Imaging Partnership London
45 Queen Anne Street, London, W1G 9JF
Burrell Road, Haywards Heath, West Sussex, RH16 1UD.