12 May 2016 10:35:21 MDT Written by: Administration


According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, over 170,000 men are diagnosed with prostate cancer each year—making it the most common cancer among men. Taking this information and much more into account, Montrose Memorial Hospital is fortunate to introduce a new technology to help address it.

MRI/Ultrasound Fusion Guided Biopsies—often called “Fusion Biopsies”—are procedures that help physicians detect prostate cancer. Developed by the National Institutes of Health in partnership with Phillips Healthcare, the new procedure is a leap forward in technology. Previously, men in need of a prostate biopsy had the procedure with an ultrasound only. This procedure did not show areas of cancer—only images of the prostate itself to ensure physicians were sampling the prostate gland. To find cancer, physicians would then divide the prostate into quadrant-like measurements resembling a grid system and take semi-random samples from the grid.

The new procedure helps doctors look at the suspicious area without taking semi-random samples. The patient has an MRI performed before the biopsy, and radiologists examine the MRI. With new software, they then generate a 3D model of the prostate and the suspicious area and subsequently send the information to the new biopsy equipment. When the patient comes in for their biopsy, a 3D model of the prostate is generated from the ultrasound, and the two models are laid over each other to move together in real time.

Steve Hannah, MHA, CEO of MMH said, “We are proud to be the only hospital on the Western Slope to have this procedure and are very impressed with Drs Luskin and Peterson at San Juan Urology who have become experts with the technique. We are always looking for new ways to ensure we’re providing our community with the highest quality of care.”

The new procedure is more efficient because it is very effective at detecting cancer in men, such as those who have suspicious PSA levels or exam findings despite a previous negative biopsy. For men with low-risk prostate cancer, it’s great for going on active surveillance; if the procedure is repeated at a later time for comparative results, the precision is so exact that new biopsies can be performed in the same area within a few millimeters.

Patients will appreciate that biopsies can be performed in 20-30 minutes, as opposed to MRI guided procedures which would take 2-3 hours.

Montrose Memorial Hospital is proud to bring the latest technology in men’s health to our region. For more information about this procedure, please direct your detailed questions to San Juan Urology at (970) 249-2291.

Leann Tobin, Director of Marketing and Public Relations. To learn more, visit

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