National Report—Most prostate cancer experts aren’t ready to call the incorporation of MRI fusion into prostate biopsies the gold standard in prostate cancer imaging and diagnosis. But they envision a day when it will be.
Generally, MRI-ultrasound fusion biopsy involves taking an MRI, then, at a separate appointment, fusing these data with real-time ultrasound images to help guide biopsy procedures.
“The beauty of it is that it brings the MRI into the clinic, where urologists can perform targeted biopsies in much the same way they do standard transrectal ultrasound [TRUS] biopsies,” said Leonard S. Marks, MD, professor of urology at UCLA, where nearly 1,200 biopsies using the new technology have been performed since 2009.
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