As part of our ongoing commitment to offer patients the very best, most state-of-the art care available, the Urology Group of Princeton will soon incorporate MRI Fusion Biopsies to greatly improve the care of, and improve the outcomes for, our patients.
Prostate cancer remains the second most common cancer-related cause of death in men (lung cancer is #1) and early detection and treatment is essential. This innovative, new procedure, which combines MRI and ultrasound to create a 3D image of the prostate, is confirmed by research to more accurately locate suspicious areas and make a prostate cancer diagnosis.
Known technically as MRI-TRUS (magnetic resonance imaging/transrectal ultrasound) Fusion Targeted Prostate Biopsy, this procedure requires special imaging capabilities and highly trained radiologists and urologists. If, after screening by a urologist, a patient is identified as at risk for prostate cancer, a radiologist uses a state-of-the-art MRI examination to identify potentially suspicious areas of the gland. If suspicious areas are present, the MRI images are sent to a device that blends them with live ultrasound images to create a 3D model and flag anomalies. This data is used by urologists to obtain samples (i.e. biopsies) of the tissue in question and determine whether cancer is present.
The greatly improved precision of the MRI Fusion procedure, ensures patients and physicians are better informed when choosing the best, most appropriate treatment option, helps to avoid surgery in patients with less aggressive cancers, and ensures that patients with a more aggressive form of the disease are identified earlier.
Screening for prostate should be discussed with all men starting at age 40 and involves a rectal exam and a simple blood test referred to as Prostate Specific Antigen (PSA). If the results of these tests indicate the need for a biopsy, the Urology Group of Princeton is proud to offer our patients the MRI Fusion Procedure as part of our commitment to ensure they receive the highest level of care possible.