Inland’s 3T MRI Significantly Improves Early Prostate Cancer Detection

May 1, 2017

Hey gentlemen, good news! All of the prostate MRI scans conducted at Inland Imaging are done using the 3T MRI scanner —a powerful new tool in the early detection of prostate cancer.

The 3 Tesla (3T) MRI has the largest magnet available, creating a detailed high resolution image of your body. It is a non-invasive method designed to find small cancer cells in hard to reach places like your prostate. Using the 3T MRI nearly doubles the number of aggressive tumors that are caught.

Advances in medical scanning technology are much less invasive and more accurate for men who are referred by their urologist for prostate scans. The old way of doing this (a prostate biopsy) was uncomfortable to say the least. And since Inland’s 3T MRI is so good at pinpointing the exact location of cancerous cells, your urologist will have the information he or she needs without requiring multiple biopsies.

Dr. John Bell, a Radiologist at Inland Imaging, describes just how much a difference in MRI technology improves the whole process. “Every case we see now is improved. I can think of 20+ examples of patients who have had multiple biopsies looking for cancer cells but found none, yet still had elevated PSA. With the MRI, we were even able to find a small nodule of cancer.”

According to a recent study of 576 men in the UK, more than a quarter of those scanned could be spared invasive biopsies which can lead to severe complications. In addition, a non-invasive MRI scan means a more comfortable and less stressful experience for the patient. The MRI scan identified 93 percent of the aggressive cancers, whereas the biopsy only diagnosed 48 percent. In addition, nine out of ten men with negative results on the MRI scan had no cancer or a harmless cancer.

“Sometimes, even after having a prostate removed, there are cases when re-evaluating for recurrence shows positive, and the MRI can identify the exact cell location, which would most likely have required surgery without that technology,” says Dr. Bell.