There are a few ways of performing a prostate biopsy:
Standard TRUS guided prostate biopsy – sampling of the prostate using a standard template (10 regions: Left & Right– Base, Mid, Apex, TZ & Anterior)
Cognitive fusion prostate biopsy – sampling of the lesion seen on the MRI prostate by looking at the MRI images (but without using specialised reconstructions of the MRI prostate images, and not using image overlay fusion technology)
MRI/US fusion guided prostate biopsy – the radiology specialist will analyse the abnormal lesions on the prostate and mark the lesions on the images and assist with creating 2D & 3D reconstructions of the prostate before the biopsy.
On the day of the biopsy these reconstructed images will be “fused” with the patients’ real time US prostate images, using the latest software to provide the image overlay that allows A/Prof Thanigasalam to accurately sample the lesions seen on the MRI prostate.
This provides your Urologist with the most accurate way of sampling any lesions seen on the MRI prostate, thus reducing the potential chance of under sampling clinically significant cancer within the prostate.
In addition to the targeted biopsy, an additional standard sampling of the prostate (12 biopsy cores) will be performed.
MRI/US “targeted” fusion biopsies – now enables:
- Pre-biopsy visualisation of potential cancer lesions
- Precise targeting of biopsies performed
- Faster, more accurate and more reliable diagnosis
- Limitation of the risks of over-diagnosis and over-treatment of prostate cancer
- Care tailored to the patient and their disease
- Use of new treatments that give patients better quality of life (Active Surveillance/Focal Treatment)