MRIs May Provide More Accurate, Less Risky Prostate Cancer Screening and Diagnosis
Some physicians no longer recommend the PSA test except in very specific situations, and others prefer to leave the decision to their patients’ “personal preference” based on their individual situations after weighing the benefits and risks of the test (which is the current recommendation of the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force).
Be Proactive About MRIs
If you’ve never had an MRI scan, you’ve likely seen what these machines look like by watching some of your favorite medical drama TV shows, like “Grey’s Anatomy,” “Scrubs” and “General Hospital.”
What to expect and how to prepare for your MRI scan
So, your doctor ordered an MRI scan. You may be wondering, how do MRI scans work? Is an MRI machine safe? An MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) uses a large magnet and radio waves to look at organs and structures in your body. It is a painless process in which you lie on a table that then slides into a tunnel-like machine.
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