The accuracy (and value) of MRI methods in diagnosis and prognosis of prostate cancer

Two recent studies are helpful in clarifying the issue of when specific types of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) meothds may be useful in the diagnosis and prognosis of prostate cancer. … READ MORE …

Transrectal ultrasound: impact on clinical staging

New data just published by a group at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) suggests that, in the current era, transrectal ultrasound (TRUS) provides an accurate means to assess the clinical (pre-treatment) stage of a man’s prostate cancer. … READ MORE …

The ultrasound probe used during biopsy may affect diagnosis

There are two basic types of transrectal ultrasound probe most commonly used to monitor positioning of biopsy needles during the biopsy procedure — the so-called “side fire” and “end fire” types. A recent analysis of data from the Cleveland Clinic suggests that the type of ultrasound probe used may significantly affect the likelihood of diagnosis. … READ MORE …