“Health is not everything, but everything is nothing without health.”
— Arthur Schopenhauer
What is a Prostate MRI / Ultrasound Prostate Fusion Biopsy?
Targeted MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging) / Ultrasound (fusion) biopsy is a technology that creates a prostate image by merging previously recorded MRI images with real TRUS (transrectal ultrasound) images.
This diagnostic method greatly enhances the accuracy of the diagnostic procedure for prostate cancer biopsy because the information from MRI images is coupled with real-time ultrasound to allow doctors to biopt the target areas directly from suspected prostate regions seen on MR images.
Difference between classic biopsy and targeted MRI / Ultrasound prostate fusion biopsy?
Most prostate biopsies are still performed blindly and 12-15 samples of the biopsy are randomly taken in this procedure, thus attempting to find cancer if present.
While targeted MRI / Ultrasound fusion biopsy greatly improves the precision of taking part of the suspected tissue and does not bioptify the entire prostate but only the targeted suspected area.
Biopsy is still the ultimate method to determine the presence of cancer and determine the appropriate prognosis, based on the size and aggressiveness of the tumor.
When is Prostate MRI / Ultrasound Prostate Fusion Biopsy Used?
It is used to take samples from suspected prostate lesions seen on MR examination.