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Urologe A. 2013 Apr;52(4):481-9. doi: 10.1007/s00120-012-3096-y.

[Fusion imaging in urology: combination of MRI and TRUS for detection of prostate cancer].

[Article in German]

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Klinik für Urologie und Kinderurologie, Universitätsklinikum Frankfurt am Main, Theodor-Stern-Kai 7, 90690 Frankfurt am Main, Deutschland.


Multiparametric magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) represents the most accurate imaging modality for prostate cancer imaging to date. Transrectal ultrasound (TRUS) is easily applied and therefore remains the gold standard for systematic prostate biopsies. However, the advantages of both modalities can be combined by image fusion. Currently, several image fusion devices are being implemented into clinical routine. First data show an increased detection rate of prostate cancer compared to systematic TRUS biopsies. At present prostatic deformation and intracorporeal movement represent technical challenges yet to be overcome. The present article gives an overview about the status of MRI-based biopsy techniques and highlights the current studies on the topic.

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