Category: Biopsy

The Key to Your Prostate Cancer Treatment is in Your Genes

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Calling all urologists! In 2008, a new professional organization for urologists was established. Called the Large Urology Group Practice Association, it came about in part because of the trend toward a urology business model based in economic efficiencies: large practices with a single administrative center. For example, Urology Associates of North Texas (UANT) currently has keep reading

The Five Problems with TRUS Biopsy

Up till now, prostate cancer has been the only tumor cancer diagnosed by random luck. That’s right, random luck. The most common type of prostate biopsy is guided by transrectal ultrasound, or TRUS. It is considered the “gold standard” for prostate biopsy because it’s most widely used by urologists. Being the most common doesn’t mean keep reading

MRI-Guided Biopsy: Higher Yield, Fewer Needles

The University of California/Los Angeles (UCLA) completed a study that not only affirms our work at the Sperling Prostate Center but also offers terrific news for all prostate cancer patients. A team from their medical school’s Department of Radiology completed a retrospective study of in-bore MRI-guided prostate biopsy cases. They found that in-bore biopsy is keep reading

TRUS Biopsy: The Human Pincushion

It wasn’t so long ago when the standard transrectal ultrasound-guided (TRUS) biopsy involved only six needles. It was called a sextant biopsy based on the Latin word sextans, meaning “a sixth.” As time would prove, it missed more than 40% of prostate tumors because it was essentially blind and random. To correct the problem, the keep reading

ED After TRUS Biopsy of the Prostate

No one looks forward to a transrectal ultrasound-guided (TRUS) needle biopsy of the prostate. Probably the most dreaded part is the pain factor, which for decades went largely unacknowledged or understated by the physicians doing the procedure. Thank goodness today’s urologists can administer an injection called a periprostatic nerve block. Patients should ask their urologist keep reading

MRI-Guided Biopsy Benefits

Who invented the microscope? Credit for putting multiple lenses in a tube in order to gain a magnified view goes to two Dutch lens makers in the 1590s, Zacharias Jansen and his father, Hans. One of the first uses of microscopy in medicine occurred around 1650 when a Jesuit priest named Athanasius Kirchner saw little keep reading