Arizona Urology Specialists offers patients the safest and most accurate biopsy process available to fully diagnose prostate cancer. While previously, two imaging modalities — Ultrasound and MRI — were used individually, MRI Ultrasound Fusion Guided Biopsies fuses or blends these technologies to create a detailed, 360° prostate map. This is done by merging previously captured MRI images with live Transrectal Ultrasound or TRUS images while the ultrasound wand is inserted into the rectum. Only a very small number of U.S. urologists have the necessary knowledge, equipment and software to practice fusion imaging.
How does it work?
One of the AUS specially trained urologists evaluates the patient’s prostate MRI and identifies the area of the suspected tumor. Using special software, the urologist will then input the prostate outline into the computer to facilitate matching MRI and TRUS shapes. This software can recognize both types of images, tag each type, and register the images and creates an overlay of both the Ultrasound and MRI creating a 3D image of the patient’s prostate. With the suspected tumor highlighted, the image can be manipulated on the computer screen allowing the urologist to view it from every angle.
Prostate MRI Ultrasound Fusion imaging is performed in your urologist’s office to help identify the target area for the biopsy and guide needles into it.
How accurate is it?
MRI Ultrasound Fusion Guided Biopsies is a helpful tool within the field of urology. They are generally more accurate than traditional TRUS biopsies (ultrasound only) in detecting and diagnosing prostate cancer. MRI imaging performed live, in real time, continues to be the standard for prostate cancer diagnostics.
What's Right for Me?
As with all diagnostic and treatment options, your Arizona Urology Specialists physician can help determine the preferred prostate biopsy guidance system tailored to your individual case.
Arizona Urology Specialists — Locations
Glendale5750 W. Thunderbird Rd. Suite B-200 | Glendale, AZ 85306 602.375.1700More Info
Glendale — Arrowhead6320 W. Union Hills Drive Suite B-2600 | Glendale, AZ 85308 602.942.5600More Info
Phoenix — Deer Valley19841 N 27th Ave. Suite 201 | Phoenix, AZ 85027 623.582.6420More Info
Phoenix — Downtown1313 East Osborn Rd. Suite B150 | Phoenix, AZ 85014 602.264.4431More Info
Scottsdale — 92nd Street10301 North 92nd Street Suite 101 | Scottsdale, AZ 85258 480.661.2662More Info
Scottsdale — Thompson Peak20401 N. 73rd St. Suite 105 | Scottsdale, AZ 85255 480.661.2662More Info
Scottsdale — South3501 N Scottsdale Rd. Suite 250 | Scottsdale, AZ 85251 480.264.4720More Info
Mesa5058 E Southern Ave. Suite 102 | Mesa, AZ 85206 480.834.4188More Info
Fountain Hills16838 East Palisades Blvd. Bldg C | Fountain Hills, AZ 85268 480.272.6400More Info
Arizona Prostate Cancer Center20601 North 19th Ave. Suite 115 | Phoenix, AZ 85027 602.557.0055More Info