Category: Biopsy

MRI-Guided Biopsy: Higher Yield, Fewer Needles

The University of California/Los Angeles (UCLA) completed a study that not only affirms our work at the Sperling Prostate Center but also offers terrific news for all prostate cancer patients. A team from their medical school’s Department of Radiology completed a retrospective study of in-bore MRI-guided prostate biopsy cases. They found that in-bore biopsy is keep reading

TRUS Biopsy: The Human Pincushion

It wasn’t so long ago when the standard transrectal ultrasound-guided (TRUS) biopsy involved only six needles. It was called a sextant biopsy based on the Latin word sextans, meaning “a sixth.” As time would prove, it missed more than 40% of prostate tumors because it was essentially blind and random. To correct the problem, the keep reading

ED After TRUS Biopsy of the Prostate

No one looks forward to a transrectal ultrasound-guided (TRUS) needle biopsy of the prostate. Probably the most dreaded part is the pain factor, which for decades went largely unacknowledged or understated by the physicians doing the procedure. Thank goodness today’s urologists can administer an injection called a periprostatic nerve block. Patients should ask their urologist keep reading

MRI-Guided Biopsy Benefits

Who invented the microscope? Credit for putting multiple lenses in a tube in order to gain a magnified view goes to two Dutch lens makers in the 1590s, Zacharias Jansen and his father, Hans. One of the first uses of microscopy in medicine occurred around 1650 when a Jesuit priest named Athanasius Kirchner saw little keep reading

MRI Is Changing Prostate Biopsy

A couple of years ago I saw a patient who previously had three negative TRUS-guided prostate biopsies. Because his PSA had been slowly rising from 4 to 10, the number of biopsy needles had increased from 10 to 12 to 14. “Doc,” he said, “they tried to numb me up for the last biopsy, but keep reading

Overused Random Biopsies: The Real Culprit

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For those not familiar with the name of California oncologist Mark Scholz, MD, he is the co-author of a book provocatively titled “Invasion of the Prostate Snatchers.” Currently, he is the Medical Director of Prostate Oncology Specialists, and also serves as Executive Director of the Prostate Cancer Research Institute. As a respected authority on prostate keep reading