MRI Fusion is “the better biopsy,” and it is revolutionizing prostate cancer diagnoses.

Across the country, the standard diagnostic tool for detecting prostate cancer is two-dimensional: an ultrasound-guided biopsy.

Now, Urology Specialists of Nevada (USONV) physicians are pioneering a new technology that combines 3-D Ultrasound with magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) image fusion and organ-based tracking.

Through a combination of unique organ-based tracking, state-of-the-art MRI imaging software and 3D ultrasound, this technology:

  • Creates a 3D map of the prostate
  • Identifies suspicious lesions or “targets” on MRI
  • “Fuses” or overlaps the 3D MRI image onto the 3D ultrasound image of the prostate to create a more accurate image
  • Accurately guides the biopsy needle into the “target” lesion
  • Stores a memory of the exact location of each biopsy sample

 

Thanks to this technology, USONV physicians can now combine real-time, high-resolution 3D ultrasound with 3D MRI images of the prostate for enhanced prostate biopsy sampling and visualization of suspected cancers. This new life-saving technology was recently featured in Forbes Magazine:

http://www.forbes.com/sites/robertglatter/2014/06/04/mr-fusion-guided-prostate-biopsy-a-new-diagnostic-technique-for-detecting-prostate-cancer/

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