MRI is the abbreviation
for magnetic resonance imaging. MRI is a painless and
noninvasive way to identify prostate cancer stage. Magnetic
resonance imaging can be used to view possible metastasis
to the lymph nodes and bones in advanced prostate cancer.
Through magnetic waves MRI presents a three-dimensional
image. Due to a loud clanging sound of strong electromagnetic
fields being switched on and off, some patients find
the process unpleasant. Patients are confined in a large
chamber for approximately 20 to 45 minutes. Doctors
usually allow patients to wear earplugs or listen to
music through headphones during the procedure. A light
sedative can be administered to patients that are claustrophobic
prior to the procedure.