Urology located in Jacksonville, FL & Jacksonville Beach, FL
While a blood test can screen for signs of cancer, a biopsy is needed for a conclusive diagnosis. An MRI-TRUS fusion prostate biopsy is a cutting-edge procedure that offers precision diagnosis and enhanced imaging to guide your physician during treatment. The compassionate and skilled urologists at Kasraeian Urology have extensive experience performing MRI-TRUS fusion biopsies. Kasraeian Urology has two clinics in Jacksonville, Florida, and one in Jacksonville Beach, Florida. To learn more, call the clinic nearest you today.
Fusion Prostate Biopsy Q & A
What’s prostate cancer?
Prostate cancer results when malignant cells proliferate inside the prostate gland. Of the several types of prostate cancer, Most grow slowly, but some grow rapidly and can spread to tissue outside the prostate gland.
How’s prostate cancer diagnosed?
While screening tests can indicate you might have prostate cancer, a conclusive diagnosis requires a biopsy. During a biopsy, a small amount of tissue is collected from your prostate gland and examined under a microscope to determine if cancer cells are present.
What’s an MRI-TRUS fusion prostate biopsy?
This innovative biopsy technique combines magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) with a transrectal ultrasound (TRUS) to create a 360-degree map of your prostate gland.
The benefits of an MRI-TRUS fusion biopsy include:
- Greater accuracy in diagnosis
- Detection of early-stage cancer
- Detection of very small tumors
An MRI-TRUS fusion biopsy also offers your physician precision guidance when treating your prostate cancer.
How does an MRI-TRUS fusion biopsy work?
The MRI is the first step in the process of a fusion biopsy. During an MRI, you lie on a movable table that slides into the cylindrical MRI machine. The MRI tech uses a computer to take several MRI images of your prostate and surrounding structures.
These MRI images are fused with the real-time ultrasound images during your actual biopsy. Before the process, you’re given a mild sedative to keep you feeling comfortable and relaxed.
When the procedure begins, your provider uses lubrication to gently insert an ultrasound probe into your rectum. This probe transmits ultrasound images onto a monitor that are fused with your MRI images.
Your physician uses these images to carefully guide a fine needle attached to the probe into your prostate and removes a tissue sample.
What happens after my procedure?
Once your physician has obtained a tissue sample, the probe is removed, and you’re taken to a recovery area while the sedation medication wears off. You might have some mild pain or light bleeding after your biopsy, but this should resolve quickly.
To learn more about an MRI-TRUS fusion biopsy at Kasraeian Urology, call the clinic nearest you.
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