A novel technique of prostate cancer detection, the magnetic resonance imaging and ultrasound fusion-guided biopsy (MRI-US), is now being conducted on patients at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, within its Program for Personalized Prostate Cancer Care.
The facility is the first in the Southeast region of the U.S. to offer the MRI-US image fusion technique, the latest advancement in prostate cancer diagnosis, which is meant to help both patients and physicians.
Two assistant professors at the UAB Department of Urology, Jeffrey Nix, M.D., and Soroush Rais-Bahrami, M.D., were responsible for the study on the MRI-US image biopsy, five years ago, and are now two of the few urologists in the country conducting the diagnostic technique. MRI-US is expected to be able to prevent the disease that causes more than 29,000 deaths every year and will be diagnosed to 240,000 new patients, in 2014, according to the numbers of the National Cancer Institute.
The MRI-US image fusion-guided technique provides a "targeted biopsy", according to the two urologists, examining samples of tissue that reveal suspicion, on MRI. “We are utilizing prostate MRI and fusing it with real-time ultrasound for image-guided prostate biopsies; th