Tests done for prostate cancer research in Umlander They are examined and evaluated together by urologists and radiologists. “The technique we’ve been using since April is called a ‘fusion biopsy’ with ultrasound/MRI,” explains urologist Marieke Weispoel.
“The great thing about radiology is that you always work side by side with other disciplines. We don’t sit behind the computer judging the images. We also discuss with other specialists what we see and how we can best examine and treat the patient. That’s what it’s all about in the end. ‘, adds radiologist Remco de Kuiper.
Prostate cancer screening ultrasound and MRI
The new research method for detecting prostate cancer uses an ultrasound device that is digitally linked to an MRI machine. Any suspicious spots in the prostate can be seen more accurately on an MRI scan than on an ultrasound. However, echo is indispensable for the following process. “As a radiologist, I plot the path on the MRI images, as it were. The urologist can then navigate very precisely with ultrasound to the correct location for the biopsy.”
Thanks to this combined technique, the chance that the biopsy taken will yield a result is much greater than with biopsies of samples taken previously. For the patient, this means that he has greater certainty about his health. In addition, there is a possibility that the relatively unpleasant treatment that is often biopsy, will have to be done again.
Start treatment early
Faster detection of prostate cancer with this new method automatically means treatment can start sooner. To this end, urologists and radiologists also work closely with other specialists such as oncologists and radiotherapists.
“We don’t do this only in our own hospital. The Omelander Hospital is linked to the Prostate Center in the Netherlands. Specialists from different hospitals work together in this partnership. This way we can offer patients the best treatment. Close to where possible and remote when necessary,” concludes Weesepoel .
A method for researching prostate cancer such as that being performed at the Omilander Hospital is not the only new development in the field. It started last year Renner Haga Prostate Cancer Center Robot-guided prostate biopsies. In addition, biopsies are taken more accurately and with less pain by the Robot Biopteur.
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