New Technology Offers Improved Prostate Diagnosis.
One in every seven men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer during their lifetime. Many of those diagnosed choose to treat their condition with “watchful waiting” consisting of monitoring and biopsies on a regular basis. For them, and for others concerned with prostate cancer, the Urology Care Alliance (UCA) Prostate Cancer Center in Lawrenceville now offers a new technique that can provide peace of mind and a considerably more accurate diagnosis.
Urology Care Alliance is pleased to be one of the first prostate cancer centers in the region to offer MRI Guided Prostate Biopsy for the diagnosis and treatment of prostate cancer.
This advanced clinical solution combines MRI technology with traditional ultrasound diagnostics to offer a truly new imaging option for many patients with elevated or rising PSA levels. The procedure involves direct sampling of tumor spots found using Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) in combination with real-time ultrasound.
“The new technique allows for enhanced accuracy of prostate biopsy visualization and sampling of suspected cancers,” explains Dr. Arthur Harvey, Medical Director at the UCA Prostate Cancer Center. “The fusion of the MRI and ultrasound images uses electromagnetic tracking, similar to your car’s GPS system, that helps determine the location and orientation of the biopsy device.”
The benefits of MRI Guided Prostate Biopsy include:
- Uses the most advanced diagnostic tools available to clearly map and pinpoint exact locations and sizes of suspect prostate cancer tumors. Traditional biopsies often do not accurately sample suspect tumors because of a lack of precise visual detail.
- Allows doctors to view the entire prostate gland, including any tumors or suspect areas, in full three dimensions instead of two, something that was previously impossible.
- In some cases may allow the physician and patient to forego biopsy based on imaging results.
- Enables significantly more accurate, focused and relevant evaluation and targeted sampling of any tumors or suspect areas, leading to more informed treatment decisions.
- Provides an outstanding tool to determine the best course of treatment for each individual case.
Please contact the UCA Prostate Cancer Center at 609-716-7030 to learn more about MRI Guided Prostate Biopsy.