According to leading Miami urologist Dr. George Suarez, the most recent innovation in the detection of prostate cancer is magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) of prostate and ultrasound biopsy, both which provide numerous benefits for both the patient and the urologist.
According to the National Cancer Institute estimates, in 2014 we’ll see almost a quarter of a million new cases of prostate cancer, and almost 30,000 deaths from the disease.
Your Miami urologist advises that this new technology offers a more targeted biopsy, which refers to direct tissue sampling of suspect areas observed on the MRI. This is as opposed to the traditional method of random, systematic sampling that is basically performed sightlessly in various regions of the prostate.
We are utilizing MRI of prostate and fusing it with real-time ultrasound to locate prostate cancer with a higher degree of accuracy. This improves overall detection compared to standard biopsy and has the potential to give urologists and patients a more accurate image of their true disease burden by allowing improvements in staging.
Research of this new technique have indicated that it improves the overall cancer detection rate, elevates the high-risk cancer detection rate, and improves staging for patients who are considering active surveillance to monitor their low-risk prostate cancer for any changes.
According to your Miami urologist, the technique is expected to be especially successful in cases of men who have a history of negative biopsies and are still suspected of having prostate cancer because of a baffling elevated prostate-specific antigen (PSA) level.
A patient can undergo numerous biopsy sessions over a number of years, and have a consistently elevated PSA, yet each biopsy can be negative. But with MRI of prostate, we are able to target areas that we identified as areas of concern to reveal the condition that has been causing the elevated PSA that was hidden in all the previous biopsies.
This MRI of prostate is the first major advancement in prostate cancer detection in over 30 years, and it’s a significant one.
If you are interested in more information regarding MRI of prostate contact the office of leading Miami urologist Dr. George Suarez to schedule a consultation.