1397 - mpMRI prostate diagnostic scans

Page last updated: 25 October 2016

Application Detail



Description of Medical Service

The radiological procedure of multiparametric MRI of the prostate. This consists of a standardized image acquisition protocol involving T2 weighted imaging, Diffusion Weighted Imaging, and Dynamic Contrast Enhancement. It is interpreted using a standardized reporting system, the most common of which is PIRADS.

Description of Medical Condition

In patients with a raised or concerning PSA and under clinical suspicion for prostate cancer, sent by the GP to a specialist Urologist, imaging the prostate with mpMRI before biopsy has major patient benefits, increases patient QALY’s, and is cheaper than the current diagnostic pathway. The number of men that need any biopsy at all by about 50%.The number of men diagnosed with low risk cancer reduces by about 90%, preventing overtreatment and the MRI and targeted biopsy pathway is more accurate than random TRUS biopsies and also gives a better grading of the patient’s particular tumour and uses 90% less needles.

Reason for Application

New MBS item

Medical Service Type


Previous Application Number

Not Applicable

Associated Documentation

Application Form


PICO Confirmation

Final Protocol (PDF 1672 KB)
Final Protocol (Word 347 KB)

Assessment Report


Public Summary Document


Meetings for this Application


16 April 2015
13 - 14 August 2015


6 October 2016


24 November 2016