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Prostate MRI is available at this location:
At Southtowns Radiology, we are early detection champions for prostate cancer.
Prostate cancer is the second most common form of cancer affecting men in the United States. Studies through the American Cancer Society indicate that 1 in 9 men will be diagnosed with the disease. But, there is good news – only 1 in 41 men will die from prostate cancer, largely due to early detection.
Southtowns Radiology offers non-invasive prostate MRI that can help diagnose prostate cancer at an early stage, when treatment is most likely to be effective. A prostate MRI is a pain-free alternative to a traditional prostate biopsy, which carries a high risk of post-procedure infection. It is most commonly ordered by a referring healthcare provider, often a urologist, when a patient has received an abnormal prostate cancer screening result.
Screening for prostate cancer usually occurs through a blood test that looks for increased levels of prostate specific antigens (PSA), and/or a digital rectal exam (DRE), which are often performed together.
If increased PSA levels are found in the blood, or if a growth is discovered during a DRE, a prostate MRI can help determine if a man has prostate cancer, how advanced the cancer is, and if it has spread in the body. Men who elect to have a prostate MRI instead of a biopsy also reduce the risk of post-test complications, as an incision is not necessary with MRI.
Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) uses detailed images from a powerful magnet and radiowaves. A prostate MRI is considerably less invasive than a traditional prostate biopsy, which removes a samples of tissue from the prostate. The scan typically takes 30-45 minutes, and the patient lies on the table, which is slid into the MRI machine. Unlike an X-ray or CT exam, MRI uses no radiation.
For patient comfort – Southtowns Radiology offers prostate MRI scans on our Oval 1.5T MRI equipment. This scanner utilizes high field magnets and provides a wider opening than traditional MRI scanners. Prostate MRIs can be completed at Orchard Park Offices and Southtowns Radiology can offer sedation if needed.
Call 716-649-9000 to schedule your appointment.
Results are typically provided to the healthcare provider who ordered the exam, as well as any indicated specialists, within 48 hours.
Southtowns Radiology is proud to be accreded by the American College of Radiology (ACR) for MRI imaging.
There are important risk factors to consider when thinking about prostate health.
- Age — the risk for developing prostate cancer increases after age 50, with 60% of cases found in men age 65
- Race & Ethnicity — prostate cancer is more prevalent in African-American men, and Caribbean men of African Ancestry
- BRCA1 & BRCA2 gene mutations — these are often linked with increased breast cancer risk, but can be linked to increased prostate cancer risk as well.
It’s a good idea to talk with your provider about your prostate health and family history of cancer.
When prostate cancer has been found at an early stage, and is localized only to that part of the body, the survival rate is nearly 100%. This is why it is critical that male patients and their doctor discuss prostate health regularly, especially as men age.
Early stages of prostate cancer often have no recognizable signs or symptoms, so annual discussions with your healthcare provider as to whether screening is right for you is recommended. It is also essential that you reach out to your doctor or healthcare provider if you have difficulty urinating, notice blood in your urine or semen, or if you have pain in your hips, back or chest.
Remember – because you know your body like no one else, you are your own best healthcare advocate. If you have multiple risk factors to consider, it’s a good idea to ask about prostate screening – do not assume your provider will come to you with this information.
When deciding where you will go for a Prostate MRI, it’s important that you find a facility that is:
- Accredited in MRI scanning by the American College of Radiology (ACR)
- In your insurance plan’s network and accepts Medicare
- Committed to providing results to your doctor or primary care provider within 48 hours
- Is close to work or home.
Southtowns Radiology’s Hamburg and Orchard Park offices are ACR accredited in MRI and easily accessible to communities south of Buffalo. We offer advanced, outpatient MRI imaging 30 minutes or less away from West Seneca, East Aurora, Angola, Blasdell, Eden, Lakeview, Derby, Elma, Boston and Springville.
We are In-Network with all major insurance carriers, including Independent Health, BlueCross BlueShield, Univera, Aetna, United Healthcare and more. For a comprehensive list of insurances we accept, please visit our Billing & Insurance page.
We can often accommodate next-day appointments for prostate MRI scans, and appointments typically take 30-45 minutes to complete.
Typical insurance coverage and out of pocket cost for Prostate MRI you should consider include:
In most cases, PSA blood level screening and DRE prostate cancer screening costs are covered by insurance. Essential, medically-necessary follow up tests, including prostate MRIs, depend on insurance coverage and are subject to copays or deductibles.
If you have questions regarding your insurance coverage please visit our Billing & Insurance Info section. To determine you specific financial responsibility, you can also call the customer service number on your insurance card and talk directly with a representative there.
As compared to traditional biopsy, Prostate MRI exams can prove to be less expensive in the long-term, as there are little to no complications linked to the imaging study. Across the US, in 2020, the average cost of an prostate biopsy was just over $2,000 whereas prostate MRI range from $500 to $900.
If you are in need of cost information for self-pay or paying out-of-pocket please call our scheduling department at 716.649.9000 and ask about our Prostate MRI self-pay exam rate.
Before your Prostate MRI, you should know:
When you arrive for your scan, it’s essential that you have your script with you. If you don’t have your script, please call the provider who ordered your imaging to ensure that one can be faxed to our office for your appointment.
During your study, your technologist will help you lie down on a movable table that slides into the MRI equipment. The technologist will view the images of your prostate at the computer workstation to ensure quality images have been captured for review. A radiologist will then examine the images and will send a copy of your results to the provider who ordered your screening test. You should expect to hear results from the provider who ordered your test.
For more information on magnetic resonance imaging, and our Open and Oval equipment, visit our MRI page.