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MRI Fusion Biopsy

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MRI Fusion Biopsy at Jefferson

An MRI fusion biopsy is a digital imaging system with a comprehensive set of advanced visualization tools for performing real-time image analysis of prostate magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) studies.

As one of the first medical centers in the Philadelphia area to offer this treatment, Jefferson radiologists are able to locate suspected tumors in the prostate and obtain tissue samples from suspicious areas with greater accuracy and fewer samples.

What does MRI Fusion Biopsy Involve?

The technique fuses, or overlays, pre-biopsy MRI images of the prostate with ultrasound-guided biopsy images in real time, for an excellent representation of the prostate and suspicious lesions.

Prostate cancer is often difficult to detect when the tumors are small and localized. By directly targeting tumors, Jefferson physicians will typically only need two to three tissue samples, while alternative methods could up to 30. Acquiring fewer samples reduces the risk of infection, bleeding, pain and recovery time.

Finding cancer earlier through this more precise technology means treatment can begin before the cancer advances to a more aggressive stage.

Why Choose Jefferson?

MRI fusion biopsies are performed by our highly-trained specialists who have teamed up for more than 20 years to offer breakthrough screening, diagnosis and solutions for prostate care.