What’s The Difference Between A Regular Prostate Biopsy and MRI Fusion Biopsy?

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When prostate cancer is detected early, a patient’s chance of survival and even cure is exceptionally high. In fact, many men live with prostate cancer that is closely monitored over years or even decades without causing symptoms or shortening their lives. Choosing the best course of action for prostate cancer depends heavily on the grade, stage, and other aspects of the disease. To diagnose prostate cancer as early and accurately as possible, board-certified urologists Drs. Ahmad and Ali Kasraeian, along with the expert team at Kasraeian Urology, offer the highly advanced MRI fusion biopsy in Jacksonville, FL. Discover the benefits of an MRI fusion biopsy vs. traditional prostate biopsy here, and find out which one may be right for you.

What is a prostate biopsy?

A prostate biopsy is performed to confirm the presence of prostate cancer and to diagnose the specific type, grade, stage, and other aspects of the disease. Generally speaking, a prostate biopsy involves accessing the prostate with a thin needle via the rectum and taking 12 random samples of tissue.

Who needs a prostate biopsy?

A prostate biopsy is typically performed in one of the following scenarios:

  • When the patient receives an unexpectedly or repeatedly elevated PSA result
  • When the doctor detects a palpable lump or suspicious nodule in the prostate on a digital rectal exam
  • As a repeat biopsy when the initial biopsy did not show prostate cancer, but the patient’s PSA remains suspiciously elevated

What is an MRI fusion biopsy?

An MRI fusion biopsy is one of the most valuable tools for diagnosing and staging prostate cancer. This advanced procedure combines imaging technology with targeted tissue sampling for ultimate precision and accuracy. During an MRI fusion biopsy in the Jacksonville, FL area, patients will first have an MRI performed to identify the exact locations from which tissue samples should be taken. On the day of the biopsy, Dr. Ali Kasraeian will use ultrasound imaging along with the MRI image results to guide the needle to the precise locations that need to be biopsied.

What makes an MRI fusion biopsy better than a regular biopsy?

In a traditional prostate biopsy, tissue cores are taken at random. This may result in a negative biopsy result when prostate cancer is still present in another area of the gland. In some cases, patients require multiple repeat biopsies to ultimately locate and stage their cancer. The primary benefit of an MRI fusion prostate biopsy is that it allows the surgeon to visualize the exact locations of suspicion so that samples can be taken from that area. This increases the rate of accurate diagnosis and dramatically reduces the need for a repeat biopsy.

During your consultation with Dr. Kasraeian, you will have ample time to ask all of your questions, discuss your concerns, and learn about all of your available options for prostate biopsy, diagnosis, and treatment – if necessary.

Get the most accurate results with an MRI fusion biopsy in Jacksonville, FL

Prostate cancer is one of the most treatable diseases when detected early. To help patients receive the earliest and most accurate prostate cancer diagnosis possible, the award-winning team at Kasraeian Urology, under the direction of board-certified urologists Dr. Ahmad and Ali Kasraeian, proudly offer MRI fusion biopsy. To learn more about this valuable procedure, call any of our Jacksonville area locations to schedule your private consultation today.

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