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North Shore-LIJ's New Image Fusion-Guided Biopsy Improves Accuracy of Prostate Cancer Diagnosis
Date:5/3/2013

New Hyde Park, NY (PRWEB) May 03, 2013

Since the 1980s, men have undergone prostate biopsies in the same way with no reliable imaging tools to help diagnose prostate cancer – until now. North Shore-LIJ’s prostate cancer team is the first site to use the commercial version of a new prostate fusion biopsy technology, which combines magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) with real-time ultrasound for visualization of suspicious areas within the prostate gland and guidance of the biopsy needles to these “target areas.”

The new technology is called the UroNav Fusion Biopsy System and was developed through collaboration between Invivo, a subsidiary of Philips Healthcare, and the National Institutes of Health. Since March 2012, LIJ has been part of a national clinical trial testing the new MRI/ultrasound fusion-guided system to target abnormal prostate tissue. Led by Art Rastinehad, DO, director of interventional urologic oncology at LIJ Medical Center, the study’s results are impressive. Based on this clinical trial, an additional 37 to 45 percent of cancers were detected in patients who already received prior negative biopsies.

“We can now see cancers we couldn’t visualize in the past,” said Dr. Rastinehad, who unveiled the new prostate imaging system at a news conference Thursday, May 2 at LIJ. “Traditional techniques only sample the bottom part of the prostate, but 30 percent of cancers are outside this zone.”

Here’s how the ultrasound-guided fusion biopsy works: an electro-magnetic navigation system, similar to a GPS tracking device, is placed over the patient’s hip to locate the needle position and guide the biopsy. The MRI and ultrasound images are aligned and o
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