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Express prostate cancer diagnosis

Spire Bristol Hospital 's new rapid access prostate clinic utilises a multi-parametric MRI (mpMRI) scan in order to create an incredibly detailed picture of the prostate and the tissue that surrounds it. This scan also helps to provide useful information about the size and location of any suspected cancers to enable more accurate targeting, doubling the detection rates of any aggressive cancers, if present.


Following a recent internationally reputed study it has been revealed that men with suspected prostate cancer could benefit from less invasive testing. The PROMIS (Prostate MRI Imaging Study) found that up to a quarter of men could avoid undergoing an invasive biopsy if they had an MRI scan first. There are no signs and symptoms in early prostate cancer and currently there is no test to diagnose it.

What does the clinic involve?

The Rapid Access Prostate clinic has been created for men that have been identified by a GP with an elevated prostate-specific antigen (PSA) level.

The clinic is divided into two separate appointments. Once a referral has been received from your GP we will book you into under go a mpMRI scan within our diagnostic imaging department. The results of the scan will be interpreted by one of our consultant Urologists. 

After this initial appointment you will be required to return for a second appointment to receive your results. This second appointment will be allocated for you within days of your initial mpMRI scan. The consultant will be able interpret the result and give a clear and accurate diagnosis.  

Before your appointment

All patient who wish to visit our Rapid Access Prostate Clinic require a referral from their GP in particular a referral for an mpMRI. 

On your fist appointment you'll receive a MRI scan. The MRI scan is routinely done as an outpatient procedure. Most MRI scans need no special preparation. Please see your appointment letter for details.

 

On your second visit you will have a formal consultation with a healthcare professional. During this time you will be able to explain your medical history, symptoms and raise any concerns that you might have. They will also discuss with you whether any further diagnostic tests are needed. Any additional costs will be discussed before further tests are carried out. A treatment plan can then been advised by the consultant specialist and a full diagnosis will be given. 

What is an mpMRI scan?

An mpMRI scan is involves the patient entering an MRI scanner, which uses a powerful magnetic field, radio waves and a computer to produce digital pictures of the structures within a man's prostate gland. The mpMRI scan creates an incredibly detailed picture of the prostate and the tissue that surrounds it. This scan also help to provide useful information about the size and location of any suspected cancers to enable more accurate targeting, doubling the detection rates of any aggressive cancers, if present.

What can I expect at the mpMRI scan?

All patient who wish to visit our Rapid Access Prostate Clinic require a referral from their GP in particular a referral for a mpMRI. This will need to be obtained before we book your appointment within the clinic.