CHICAGO (CBS) — Doctors at a Chicago hospital have recently started using new technology to more accurately detect possible problem areas on men’s prostates.
The new technology is being used at Rush University Medical Center and involves the use of software that helps guide an ultrasound probe to possible problem spots detected on prostates through Magnetic Resonance Imaging exams (MRIs).READ MORE: Chicago Culture Celebrates The City While Giving Back To Youth For Black History Month
Dr. Ajay Nehra, chairman of urology at Rush, said — until now — taking biopsies has been a hit-or-miss proposition.
“In the past, urologists would do 12 different biopsies” and, at times, as many as 75 “core biopsies” to find possible trouble areas of the prostate, Nehra said. That was the cause of a lot of discomfort and bleeding for the men who underwent the biopsy procedures.
Nehra said, by more accurately zeroing in on possible problems, treatment can sometimes be more localized.READ MORE: Mother And 10-Year-Old Daughter Dead, 4 Family Members Hospitalized After House Fire In Auburn Gresham
Te new software links together clear MRIs of the prostate — which might show lesions — with the real-time images of an ultrasound, and — like GPS — guide the ultrasound probe to the specific sites on the prostate.
Nehra said more than 20 men have undergone the new procedure in the first seven weeks it has been used at Rush.
Dr. Charles McKiel, professor of urology at Rush, said “the use of fusion technology increases the accuracy of prostate biopsy to 97%.”MORE NEWS: Chicago Weather: Warm But Wet Sunday Morning Ahead Of Cold Front
Prostate cancer is second only to skin cancer among the most common types of cancers found in American men.