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Prostate Cancer Diagnosis

There are multiple ways of diagnosing prostate cancer. Each patient’s individual situation and staging will determine which method is most accurate and beneficial. Fox Chase was one of the first centers to use multiparametric MRI of the prostate to detect and monitor prostate cancer.

Fox Chase has also been at the forefront of fusion biopsy, where MRI images are coupled with live ultrasound images during the biopsy procedure. This state-of-the-art technology markedly improves biopsy accuracy. In fact, Fox Chase was the first in the region to use the UroNav fusion biopsy system. This process may find tumor sites that wouldn’t be noticed in a regular biopsy. Fox Chase has extensive experience with this technique, is working to improve its effectiveness, and Fox Chase faculty regularly present research on the subject at academic meetings.

Even if you have a prostate tumor, many grow so slowly that they will never cause problems. If you have such a tumor, you may prefer simply to keep it under active surveillance rather than undergo further treatment at the time of diagnosis. MRI and fusion biopsy can help you and your doctor get a better idea about whether this active surveillance strategy makes sense for you.