WHAT IS PROSTATE ULTRASOUND GUIDED BIOPSY?

A prostate biopsy is a procedure to remove samples of suspicious tissue from the prostate. The prostate is a small, walnut-shaped gland in men that produces fluid that nourishes and transports sperm.

A thin needle is inserted through the rectum (transrectal biopsy), through the urethra, or through the area between the anus and scrotum (perineum). A transrectal biopsy is the most common method used.

A prostate biopsy may be done when a blood test shows a high level of prostate-specific antigen (PSA). It may also be done after a digital rectal examination finds an abnormal prostate or a lump.

Tissue samples from the prostate biopsy are examined under a microscope for cell abnormalities that are a sign of prostate cancer. If cancer is present, it is evaluated to determine how quickly it’s likely to progress and to determine your best treatment options.

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WHAT IS PROSTATE ULTRASOUND GUIDED BIOPSY?

A prostate biopsy is a procedure to remove samples of suspicious tissue from the prostate. The prostate is a small, walnut-shaped gland in men that produces fluid that nourishes and transports sperm.

A thin needle is inserted through the rectum (transrectal biopsy), through the urethra, or through the area between the anus and scrotum (perineum). A transrectal biopsy is the most common method used.

A prostate biopsy may be done when a blood test shows a high level of prostate-specific antigen (PSA). It may also be done after a digital rectal examination finds an abnormal prostate or a lump.

Tissue samples from the prostate biopsy are examined under a microscope for cell abnormalities that are a sign of prostate cancer. If cancer is present, it is evaluated to determine how quickly it’s likely to progress and to determine your best treatment options.

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HOW IS IT DONE?

During a prostate biopsy a needle is used to collect a number of tissue samples from your prostate gland.

  1. You will be asked to lie on your side with your knees pulled up to your chest. After cleaning the area and applying gel, your doctor will gently insert a thin ultrasound probe into your rectum.
  2. Transrectal ultrasonography uses sound waves to create images of your prostate. Your doctor will use the images to identify the area that needs to be numbed with an injection to reduce discomfort associated with the biopsy. The ultrasound images are also used to guide the prostate biopsy needle into place.
  3. Once the area is numbed, a small needle is inserted through the probe to take tissue samples from the prostate. The procedure typically causes a very brief uncomfortable sensation each time the spring-loaded needle takes a sample.
  4. Your doctor may target a suspicious area to biopsy or may take samples from several places in your prostate. Generally, 10 to 12 tissue samples are taken. The entire procedure usually takes about 10 minutes to 20 minutes.
  5. After tissue samples are taken, they are sent to a lab for an analysis.

RESULTS

NORMAL

  • The prostate gland tissue samples look normal under the microscope. There are no signs of infection or cancer.

ABNORMAL

  • There are signs of an abnormal non-cancerous enlargement of the prostate gland ( benign prostatic hyperplasia, or BPH), tuberculosis, lymphoma, or rectal or bladder cancer.
  • If the test finds prostate cancer cells, a grade (Gleason score) will be given. Your doctor will discuss this with you. The Gleason score is a tool for predicting how fast-growing the cancer is.

RISKS

Risks associated with a prostate biopsy include:

  • Blood in your semen. It’s common to notice red or rust coloring in your semen after a prostate biopsy. This indicates blood, and it’s not a cause for concern. Blood in your semen may persist for a few weeks after the biopsy.
  • Blood in your urine. This bleeding is usually minor.
  • Difficulty urinating. In some men, prostate biopsy can cause difficulty urinating after the procedure. Rarely, a temporary urinary catheter must be inserted.
  • Infection. Rarely, men who have a prostate biopsy develop an infection of the urinary tract or prostate that requires treatment with antibiotics. Less than 5% of the time an infection can be serious enough to require hospitalisation.

Men and women from across Quebec and Ontario choose Steinberg Urology for rapid access and the quality of services. In addition to offering cutting-edge technologies, our urologists have years of experience and are committed to providing unparalleled service.

Our modern facilities and philosophy of putting the patient at the heart of our practice ensure you have a positive experience with each visit. Our mission is to help you improve your health and well-being in a professional and confidential environment.

Prostate Ultrasound Guided Biopsy CAN BE ONE OF THE EFFICIENT TOOLS TO DIAGNOSE THE FOLLOWING CONDITIONS

Condition

Prostate Cancer

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