New Procedure for Prostate Cancer Detection

Posted on: February 24, 2015

For patients with elevated PSA’s and enlarged prostates, urologists often recommend a prostate biopsy.  The urologist typically uses the standard 12-core ultrasound biopsy technique – a technology that has had relatively no change since the 1980’s. This procedure obtained samples from the lower portion of the prostate and often resulted in normal or negative biopsies. The dilemma we face is that approximately 30 percent of prostate cancers are discovered outside of this biopsied zone. A new procedure has come along that is practice changing! The medical community has great hope for a new technique that uses MRI with ultrasound imaging to more accurately reach and biopsy suspicious lesions. In a recent Phase 3 study, researchers showed that using a specialized MRI technique along with transrectal ultrasound (TRUS) in men with an elevated PSA resulted in a prostate cancer detection rate that was twice as high compared to men undergoing the standard 12-core biopsy.  After evaluating 105 men using the MR/ultrasound biopsy approach, prostate cancer was detected in 62 percent of men compared to approximately 30 percent using ultrasound alone for the biopsy method. At Pacific Urology, providing the highest level of medical care to our patients has always been our goal. My colleagues and I believe the benefits of this new MRI guided biopsy procedure are significant for patients which is why we are implementing this cutting-edge technology into our practice.  We will be the first practice in Contra Costa County to have this procedure available. Dr. Stephen Taylor is a Urologist with Pacific Urology.  He specializes in robotic urologic surgeries and prostate, kidney and bladder cancers.  To reach Dr. Taylor, call 925-937-7740 or visit Read more at Tags: