3 Tesla MRI Imaging of the Prostate
When facing a disease like prostate cancer, it’s important to have the most accurate and complete information about your disease possible. Precise and detailed images of your prostate give you and your doctor important information that can help you make informed decisions about your treatment.
Advanced imaging of the prostate at the Mays Cancer Center: The 3 Tesla MRI Scanner
The cancer center, in collaboration with the radiology department at UT Health San Antonio, offers the three Tesla magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scanner—the latest advancement in imaging for the prostate.
The three Tesla MRI scanner is twice as powerful as previous machines and provides our experts with a higher degree of detail than ever before.
As the only National Cancer Institute (NCI) designated cancer center in Central and South Texas, we have been a leader in prostate cancer diagnosis and imaging for many years. Patients come from throughout the state and beyond for the expert diagnosis and active surveillance of their prostate cancer.
How does the 3 Tesla MRI work?
An MRI magnet is measured in units of tesla (T). Most diagnostic work over the past few years has been at 1.5T. The magnet in the 3T scanner creates a “signal” that is twice as strong and creates images at a much higher resolution than ever before.
Specially designed endorectal coils can be included in this study to help create a stronger signal during the imaging process. An endorectal coil is a thin wire, covered with a small, inflated balloon that is inserted into the rectum during the MRI. Like a television antenna, the coil receives the magnetic waves. The closer the coil is to the tissue that is being examined, the stronger the signal and the better the images, helping the radiologist improve the detection of prostate cancer.
This new technology provides a high degree of detail. These details are important to making decisions about your care.
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