Miami urologist Dr. George Suarez is one of the first doctors in the Miami area to combine magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) with ultrasound prostate imaging to create a 3D map of his patient’s prostate, thereby allowing him to locate dangerous cancers that until now were undetectable.
Prostate cancer is the most common form of cancer in American men, with 1 in 6 men being diagnosed with prostate cancer during his lifetime. For these men, prostate cancer is second only to the leading cause of cancer death, which is lung cancer.
According to your Miami urologist, the conventional ultrasound study produces a limited view of the prostate, which often overlooks dangerous cancers. Without the aid of MR imaging, doctors can’t see most prostate cancers. Dr. Suarez uses ultrasound to sample the parts of the prostate that we know have a higher rate of malignancy.
The customary ultrasound biopsy often will miss cancers, and after a benign biopsy the PSA levels may still continue to rise. MRI of prostate reveals areas that are normally not visible using the ultrasound imaging and can locate the more destructive prostate cancers, which are often overlooked by conventional ultrasound biopsy. Early diagnosis of these aggressive cancerous tumors typically improves a patient’s cure rate.
The only extra step for patients is a non-invasive MRI study, which is conducted at an imaging center in a separate visit prior to the biopsy examination. Then, your Miami urologist combines the MRI of Prostate with the fusion biopsy system – to combine the MRI with real-time, ultrasound-guided biopsy images resulting in what is referred to as a 3D road map of the prostate.
Providing the highest level of medical care to his patients has always been the goal of Miami urologist Dr. George Suarez. He believes that the MRI guided prostate biopsy will decrease the number of unnecessary biopsies and result in earlier detection when an aggressive form of cancer is present.
If you are interested in learning more about MRI of prostate, contact the office of Miami urologist Dr. George Suarez today to schedule a confidential consultation.