What is the PI-RADS Score?

By: Dan Sperling, MD The tremendous international interest in 3T multiparametric MRI (mpMRI) brought with it the challenge of how to standardize the reporting of prostate image analysis among radiologists around the globe. The European Society of Urogenital Radiology (ESUR) proposed a numeric system called the Prostate Imaging Reporting and Data System, or PI-RADS, for prostate keep reading

Two Good Health Habits

By: Dan Sperling, MD Energetic walking during the day and good sleep at night may be beneficial in preventing prostate cancer. If you find yourself wondering how, you’re not alone, because the connection isn’t obvious. Common wisdom suggests that prostate cancer patients who embrace healthy nutrition, regular exercise, and stress management generally do better than those keep reading

Lycopene and Prostate Cancer

By: Dan Sperling, MD “Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.” So said Hippocrates, the ancient Greek physician whose famous oath for new doctors established important medical ethics. Wouldn’t it be great if diseases like prostate cancer could be cured—or altogether prevented—by eating the right foods? The plant pigment lycopene, found in keep reading

Melatonin and prostate cancer risk

Melatonin is a hormone that contributes to the smooth functioning of our sleep-wake cycle. It is produced by the pineal gland, a very small structure in the center of the brain, and secreted into the blood. Production of melatonin is “switched off” by light coming into the eye, and “switched on” after dark. It causes keep reading

Patients Prefer MRI-Guided Biopsy

By: Dan Sperling, MD Patients frequently ask me about the differences between a standard transrectal ultrasound (TRUS) prostate biopsy vs the MRI-guided biopsy we offer at the Sperling Prostate Center. I point out the superior imaging of 3T multiparametric MRI technology over the much lower resolution of ultrasound. I also discuss the low number of keep reading