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Overview of ultrasound-guided transperineal prostate biopsies
In transperineal biopsy, the urologist passes the biopsy needle through the perineal skin and into the prostate, rather than passing the biopsy needle through a potentially contaminated rectum. The biopsy needle is still guided by an ultrasound placed in the rectum. This approach lowers the risk of sepsis to 1 in 500, rather than the approximate 1 to 2 in 100 risk of sepsis related to transrectal biopsy.
SpaceOAR is a technique in which a physical space is created between the prostate gland and rectum for electron beam radiotherapy targeted to the prostate gland in cases of prostate cancer. OAR stands for “organ at risk”, and in cases of prostate cancer radiotherapy treatment the rectum is the main organ at risk. The intent of this procedure is to prevent the rectum from radiation exposure during the radiotherapy aimed at the prostate. This procedure is performed through the transperineal route under the guidance of transrectal ultrasound: a hydrogel is injected which is made of polyethylene glycolonce injected, the gel solidifies and creates a space of approximately 1cm between the rectum and prostate the gel stays there for three months, adequately allowing the time of delivery of radiation the gel then get absorbed in three to six month’s time and eliminated from the body through renal excretion.
Uronav® prostate fusion biopsy is a diagnostic procedure for patients with suspected prostate cancer based on an elevated PSA screening test or abnormal prostate exam, or for those who have received a previous negative prostate biopsy and have continued suspicion for this condition in the past.
Brachytherapy has emerged as an effective and relatively low-cost treatment for certain prostate cancers, resulting in low morbidity, potential convenience of a single-day outpatient procedure, and high patient tolerability. Biplane transrectal ultrasound scanning is essential in accurately guiding seed placement directly into the prostate gland. The ability of transducers to image in both transverse and sagittal planes contributes to the accuracy of the brachytherapy technique.