Prostate MRI/Ultrasound Fusion Guided Biopsies for Prostate Cancer Detection
I recently came across a video presentation from the University of Alabama-Birmingham describing in detail the technique of using prostate magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) coupled with ultrasound techniques to guide urologists to specific prostate biopsy targets. While the video is geared to scientific and medical personnel, it can provide general knowledge of the potential utility of this technique for the patient. Currently such instrumentation and software are available only in the vicinity of medical and academic research centers but these are becoming more accessible. This MRI/ultrasound fusion technique could conceivably become cost-effective since it would significantly reduce the need for multiple biopsies for active surveillance patients among others.