At Riverside Urology we recognize that disease of any kind can put a patient's life in turmoil. Our focus upon patient quality of life leads us to seek least-invasive solutions leading to best outcomes with minimal life disruption. Our patients benefit from access to the best care, the deepest knowledge and the use of our Ambulatory Surgery Center as an alternative to hospital stays. We help you get your life back to normal as quickly as possible.
Thursday, March 29, 2018
Magnetic Resonance Imaging makes the Diagnosis of Prostate Cancer Precise
Magnetic Resonance Imaging makes the Diagnosis of Prostate Cancer Precise and aids in early Diagnosis and Cure of Prostate Cancer without Prostatectomy Prostate Cancer is the most frequent Cancer in men, 27,000 deaths occurred from this disease in 2017 and well over 160,000 cases were diagnosed. 1 in 6 men over 40 yrs. old will have prostate Cancer in 2018. When you are sitting at a large gathering of men think about that. If you are a man and over 40 it might be you! With PSA (Prostatic Specific Antigen) the prostate blood test, there is the opportunity through screening to find Prostate Cancer early. The early diagnosis is extremely important in that we can then treat this disease with ablation (destroy the cancer in the prostate with therapies such as HIFU or Cryoablation therapy). This means we don’t have to remove the prostate (Radical Prostatectomy) with its side effects including impotence (ED) and urinary incontinence. The MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging) makes it possible to accurately locate the site of cancer in the organ. This gives us the opportunity to do a targeted biopsy, prove the presence of disease then destroy the cancer and leave the rest of the prostate alone! The benefit is that there are fewer biopsy samples taken, less disturbance to the prostate and very accurate location of the cancer. The images are produced by a special MRI that has a powerful magnet referred to as a 3 Tesla Magnet. With it the urologist actually looks inside the prostate and sees the cancer, like we have all seen a bad spot in an apple. The difference is that we have to cut the apple however with this special MRI we can look inside the prostate with images and don’t even touch the prostate. The 3 Tesla MRI is also known as a Multi Parametric MRI. This means it can produce many different pictures of the problem and with a computer reconstruct the prostate image so we know exactly where the Cancer is. The great advantage of this is we know much more because of this technology and with this knowledge the treatment can be planned with precision! We then eliminate the problem with HIFU (High Intensity Focused Ultrasound). This treatment does not disturb most of the normal functions of the prostate. These are important functions as they relate to the patient staying dry and not having urine loss which can happen when the prostate is removed. Sexual function can also be protected while this potentially lethal disease is cured. To learn more about this method of treatment of prostate cancer visit our website www.Riversideurology.com.