Hey tonyqueue, at about
$2.5M USD, the 3T oughta make darn good toast!
Does that make sense now how I explained the magnet size versus the types of tests?
Here’s a link to a pdf with WAY more info than you need…but it may be helpful to you at this stage to pull together the pieces of info I have provided. There are 5 sections to this report; don't read word-for-word, but scan it over:
Section I – Clinical Considerations and Technical Specifications…clinically, it basically says don’t do the MRI right after a biopsy; wait 6 weeks. Technically, it talks about
the 1.5T and 3T, and the coil
Section II – Normal anatomy and benign findings…interesting reading; non-cancerous stuff
Section III – the PI-RADs schedule
Section IV – the multiple types of tests in the multiparametric
assessment; DWI in particular
Section V – Staging; super shortwww.esur.org/fileadmin/content/user_upload/PIRADS_v2_20141223.pdf
Hey, here's the very best input that I can give to someone in your situation...not yet diagnosed, but stepping near to the "slippery slope" that many men get on once someone recommends a biopsy....
Learn some more about
PC now, because once you hear the word "cancer" come out of a doctor's mouth, preceded by "you have," your ears will probably start ringing. What you probably don't know now is that most men over age 50 ALREADY have some PC, and MOST will never be affected by it because most are benign and never need treatment. Once you get "branded" with the label of having cancer (benign or not), it's hard to think about
NOT treating it aggressively because that's what our culture has told us in the past to do...fight it hard! Most prostate cancers don't need that, but most newcomers don't know that. Educate yourself now, so you don't fall victim to the "slippery slope." If you look hard enough, you will find PC.
Very best wishes!