MRI of the prostate is a non-invasive examination that obtains high resolution images to assess the prostate gland.

MRI of the Prostate may also be used to help diagnose infection, benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) or congenital abnormalities.

Prostate MRI does not use ionising radiation and provides images that are clearer and more detailed than some other imaging methods.

On the day of the scan:

  • When you arrive for your examination, you will be asked to fill out a safety questionnaire.
  • A small needle (intravenous cannula) will be placed in your arm to administer a muscle relaxant (Buscopan) and a contrast dye (Gadolinium). This stops the small bowel moving for approximately 15 minutes.
  • You will lie in the scanner with a special coil over your pelvis. This area needs to be in the centre of the magnet and you will usually go into the magnet feet first.
  • For most patients your head will be outside of the scanner.
  • You will be given headphones and a buzzer to press if you want to talk to the technologist at any time.
  • The scan can be noisy, but all you have to do is lie still.

Towards the end of the examination, the contrast dye (Gadolinium) is administered through the line in your arm.

Before your Scan

When making the appointment, you will be instructed to fast from food and water for 6 hours prior to your appointment.

Please remove all jewellery (watches, chains, earrings etc) in preparation for your examination.


MRI of the prostate takes 30 – 45 minutes.

Specific Requirements

Any other specific preparation details will be confirmed when you make your appointment.