We use cookies to understand how you use our site and to improve your experience. This includes personalizing content and advertising. To learn more, click here. By continuing to use our site, you accept our use of cookies. Cookie Policy.

Features Partner Sites Information LinkXpress
Sign In
Advertise with Us

Download Mobile App

New Minimally Invasive Prostate Biopsy Procedure Improves Cancer Detection

By HospiMedica International staff writers
Posted on 11 May 2023
Print article
Image: A new transperineal prostate biopsy procedure with fusion guided technology can detect prostate cancer (Photo courtesy of Freepik)
Image: A new transperineal prostate biopsy procedure with fusion guided technology can detect prostate cancer (Photo courtesy of Freepik)

Prostate biopsy is a commonly performed invasive diagnostic procedure. With the annual global incidence of new prostate cancers standing at 1.4 million, over 3 million prostate biopsies are performed each year. Traditionally, an elevated prostate-specific antigen blood test and/or a flagged digital rectal exam led to a transrectal biopsy in order to check for prostate cancer. But now, a novel transperineal prostate biopsy procedure, utilizing fusion-guided technology, is enhancing imaging precision and potentially boosting cancer detection in clinical settings.

The transperineal biopsy procedure, coupled with 3D MRI fusion-guided technology, allows physicians to obtain a more representative collection of tissue samples with a reduced post-procedure infection rate, all while bypassing the rectum. Unlike the traditional transrectal biopsy where the biopsy needle is passed through the rectal lining to access the prostate, the transperineal biopsy procedure avoids the rectum, with the biopsy needle passing through the perineum, the area of skin located between the base of the scrotum and the rectum. This is significant because the transrectal approach heightens the risk of transferring fecal matter and bacteria into the prostate.

For patients undergoing transrectal biopsies, antibiotics are prescribed to mitigate the roughly 1 to 2% risk of infection. However, for transperineal biopsies, antibiotics are usually unnecessary or administered in lower doses due to the infection rate being nearly zero. Furthermore, the 3D MRI fusion guided technology enhances the precision in identifying potential cancer within the prostate. Doctors can integrate the MRI findings with ultrasound imaging to generate a three-dimensional view of the prostate. This increased accuracy in imaging enables physicians to ensure they are targeting any suspicious areas, including those that are hard to access through transrectal methods.

Gold Member
Disposable Protective Suit For Medical Use
Disposable Protective Suit For Medical Use
Gold Member
SARS‑CoV‑2/Flu A/Flu B/RSV Sample-To-Answer Test
SARS‑CoV‑2/Flu A/Flu B/RSV Cartridge (CE-IVD)
Silver Member
Wireless Mobile ECG Recorder
Medication Cart
Avalo Udi

Print article


Critical Care

view channel
Image: AI captures electrocardiogram patterns that could signal a future sudden cardiac arrest (Photo courtesy of 123RF)

AI Captures ECG Patterns to Predict Future Sudden Cardiac Arrest

Sudden cardiac arrest is a critical emergency, leading to death in 90% of cases within minutes. This condition occurs when the heart's electrical activity abruptly changes, causing it to stop beating.... Read more

Patient Care

view channel
Image: The newly-launched solution can transform operating room scheduling and boost utilization rates (Photo courtesy of Fujitsu)

Surgical Capacity Optimization Solution Helps Hospitals Boost OR Utilization

An innovative solution has the capability to transform surgical capacity utilization by targeting the root cause of surgical block time inefficiencies. Fujitsu Limited’s (Tokyo, Japan) Surgical Capacity... Read more

Health IT

view channel
Image: First ever institution-specific model provides significant performance advantage over current population-derived models (Photo courtesy of Mount Sinai)

Machine Learning Model Improves Mortality Risk Prediction for Cardiac Surgery Patients

Machine learning algorithms have been deployed to create predictive models in various medical fields, with some demonstrating improved outcomes compared to their standard-of-care counterparts.... Read more

Point of Care

view channel
Image: The new eye-safe laser technology can diagnose traumatic brain injury (Photo courtesy of 123RF)

Novel Diagnostic Hand-Held Device Detects Known Biomarkers for Traumatic Brain Injury

The growing need for prompt and efficient diagnosis of traumatic brain injury (TBI), a major cause of mortality globally, has spurred the development of innovative diagnostic technologies.... Read more
Copyright © 2000-2024 Globetech Media. All rights reserved.