Diagnostic Technique already can detect prostate cancer earlier


There is thus another possible weapon in the fight against prostate cancer. Fusion prostate biopsy is a new diagnostic technique for this cancer, this innovative technology combines the images obtained with nuclear magnetic resonance imaging with the image obtained by real-time prostate ultrasound. “The fusion technique, we call it, makes it possible to detect cancer at a much higher rate than the ‘standard’ biopsy. Another feature is that we have also been able to characterize the tumor, allowing us to know what kind of treatments might apply to the lesions of those patients”, explained the CM, the urologist doctor João Magalhães Pina.

And the method is this, after overlapping the images, the urologist directly scratches the suspicious lesions, which were identified through the resonance, and then removes the fragment, with the coordinate that the grid provides for analysis. “With information from the grid and looking at the contour of the prostate, it is possible to delineate where the tumor is, whether it is just there or if there is anywhere else”, said the urologist. “As the success rate of tumor detection increases 15 to 25 percent with this technique compared to conventional biopsy, San José Hospital is receiving patients from all parts of the country”, added João Magalhães Pina.

It was surprising to analyze Eurico Silva, 62, who did the first prostate diagnosis in June. He was surprised by the results of the blood tests, in which the PSA level was high. He subsequently performed a biopsy, the result of which was “inconclusive”.

“Dr. João Magalhães Pina advised me to do this innovative exam. He told me it was more enlightening”, he told CM, the retired patient. Eurico Silva already has a history of prostate cancer in the family, and will know the results of his examination in December.

“Technique is done with anesthesia”, they added.

This new technique is performed through the skin of the perineum, which is a clean zone and the conventional biopsy is done through the transrectal zone, an area with more impurities, which ultimately increases the rate of infections in the patient.