Best Miami urologist Dr. George Suarez is one of the first to combine magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) technology with a traditional ultrasound prostate exam to create a three-dimensional map of the prostate that allows urologists to view growths that were previously undetectable.
An ultrasound machine provides a flawed view of the prostate, resulting in an under-diagnosis of cancer. With an ultrasound exam, your Miami urologist is typically unable to see the most suspicious areas of the prostate so he has to sample different parts of the prostate that are typically more likely to have cancer.
According to your Miami urologist, the MRI is a game-changer that allows doctors to target the biopsy needles exactly where they think the cancer is located, making it more precise.
An early diagnosis usually improves a patient’s prognosis. In the United States, prostate cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in men with about 30,000 estimated deaths expected this year. The average age at the time of prostate cancer diagnosis is about 66.
For patients, the only additional step to the prostate examination is the addition of MRI imaging, which occurs in a separate visit prior to the biopsy exam. Your Miami urologist uses sophisticated new tools and to combine the MRI with real-time, ultrasound-guided biopsy images in the clinic resulting in a 3D road map of the prostate.
The MRI-guided prostate biopsy will improve the patient experience by reducing the number of false-positive biopsies and resulting in earlier diagnosis when cancer is present in the prostate.
Best Miami urologist Dr. George Suarez said he thought MRI prostate screening would eventually be as much a gold standard as mammography. A future goal is that if a man has an elevated PSA, he’d like to do an MRI and be so confident in the technology that he’d only need to do a targeted biopsy if the MRI were positive.
Don’t wait – if you have questions regarding prostate cancer detection, call the office of Miami urologist Dr. George Suarez today to schedule a consultation.