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Sep 19, 2019 12:21 PMPublication: The Southampton Press

Stony Brook Southampton Hospital Performs First High Tech Prostate Imaging and Biopsy on East End

The first team to conduct a MRI/ultrasound fusion biopsy on the East End, from left, Dr. Steven Sobey; Dr. Michael Hung; Cristina Smith RN; Jocelyn Rey RN; Dr. Richard Ashley; Dr. Robert Munklewitz; Kelly Collins RDMS and Kathleen Anderson RN/OR Nurse Manager, Stony Brook Southampton Hospital. 
Photo courtesy of Barbara-Jo Howard for Stony Brook Southampton Hospital.
Sep 22, 2019 11:49 AM

Stony Brook Southampton Hospital has a powerful new MRI solution for targeted biopsy of the prostate. The UroNav fusion biopsy system offers patients with elevated and/or rising PSA levels a new biopsy option that provides more precision in identifying and targeting suspicious prostate lesions. This advanced technology is the first of its kind on the East End.

“Targeted MRI/ultrasound biopsy is poised to become the new standard in prostate care,” said urologist Dr. Robert Munkelwitz. “The process fuses pre-biopsy MRI images of the prostate with ultrasound-guided biopsy images in real time, for excellent delineation of the prostate and suspicious lesions.”

After the procedure, the radiology team utilizes the new technology to provide a targeted approach to prostate biopsy and provide patients with a more precise diagnosis.

The American Cancer Society reports 1 in 6 men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer during their lifetime. Men at average risk of prostate cancer should consider having a screening starting at age 50. Men at higher than average risk should start at age 40 or 45. The symptoms of prostate cancer may not be apparent in the early stages and can be different for each man. As a result, routine screenings in the form of digital rectal exams and prostate exams are important.

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