Magnetic Resonance Imaging and Ultrasound Fusion Guided Prostate Biopsy

The MRI/US Fusion Guided Prostate Biopsy combines magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and ultrasound (US) technologies, enabling a “targeted biopsy” that is able to focus directly on suspicious areas of the prostate, unlike the traditional method. This advanced screening technique is also able to detect prostate cancer much sooner than with previous tests and marks one of the most significant advances in prostate screening in 30 years. It is expected to be especially helpful among men with a history of negative biopsies who are still suspected of having cancer due to persistently abnormal lab results, patients with enlarged prostates, and men who are being monitored based on certain test results. When cancer is detected, the technique provides a more accurate understanding of the disease, which allows physicians to offer better counsel to patients, who in turn can make more informed decisions regarding their care.

UAB was the first medical center in Alabama and among the first in the Southeast to offer the MRI/US Fusion Guided Prostate Biopsy, and UAB is home to two of only a select few urologists in the nation trained to utilize this technique. It is provided through the UAB Program for Personalized Prostate Cancer Care, which offers a comprehensive approach to prostate health based on the latest in clinical research. UAB urologists are regional and national leaders in their field, and our specialists in medical, surgical, and radiation oncology work together as a multidisciplinary team to sensitively diagnose and treat your prostate condition in the most efficient manner possible. A personal care plan will be developed for you that encompasses the latest technology and techniques while minimizing effects on continence and sexual activity.

When prostate surgery is necessary, UAB’s robotic surgery program is available for our urologic surgeons, who are noted for their expertise and experience with this minimally invasive technology, which reduces patient discomfort and shortens recovery time. And as a part of UAB’s Comprehensive Cancer Center – the only one in a six-state region – you will have the backing of our extensive research efforts and potential access to treatments before they are available at other medical centers.

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