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ABOUT DCH

Natural Health Specialist

DCH is leading the way in technology, offering some of the most advanced, state-of-the-art equipment needed to detect serious diseases, including prostate cancer. Prostate cancer is the second leading cause of cancer deaths for men, but if it’s found early and treated, the cure rate is high.

At DCH, we now offer the latest and most innovative diagnosis and interventional solutions for prostate cancer, including UroNav – a powerful new biopsy option for many patients, and one that combines MRI imaging with ultrasound biopsy for pinpoint accuracy.

This targeted approach is poised to become the new standard in prostate care. And we are the only hospital in central Alabama with this technology, thanks to funds generously provided by The DCH Foundation.

 

URONAV FUSION BIOPSY SYSTEM

Leading-edge imaging
for targeted prostate care
Our Urologists Pictured Right: Dr. Matthew Thom and Dr. Howard Winfield
 

PROSTATE CANCER INFORMATION

One in six men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer during their lifetime. As with all cancers, early detection is key. The earlier prostate cancer is detected, the better the chances of successful treatment.

In the early stages of prostate cancer, there may be no symptoms. In more advanced prostate cancer, symptoms may include:

  • Difficulty urinating

  • Pelvic discomfort

  • Decreased force in the urine stream

  • Blood in the semen

  • Erectile dysfunction

 

Given that there may be no symptoms at all in the earliest stages of the disease, how do you know if you have it? That’s where screenings and diagnostic procedures come in.

 

WHAT IS URONAV?

The UroNav fusion biopsy system offers a sophisticated, high-tech approach to determining if cancer is present in the prostate gland. UroNav fuses pre-biopsy MRI images of the prostate with ultrasound-guided biopsy images in real time.  

What does this do? This 3-D imaging allows your urologist to better detect suspicious prostate lesions, and then biopsy them. Additionally, UroNav’s clear imaging allows for perfect visualization. UroNav operates like your car’s GPS system, allowing your physician to navigate to, and determine the exact location of the biopsy needle. The result is a more accurate, faster diagnosis for you – and potentially, better treatment outcomes.

Better imaging means better results.

Before, if prostate cancer was suspected, you’d undergo a standard biopsy procedure via ultrasound. The images were good, but they weren’t always sophisticated enough to detect the cancer. Standard biopsies were often the next step.

Enter the UroNav fusion biopsy system – which combines magnetic resonance images (MRIs) of the prostate with ultrasound-guided biopsy images. Together, this approach gives your urologist an incredibly accurate, detailed view of your prostate – and of any suspect lesions. This technology allows your urologist to pinpoint the exact location of the lesion, and then proceed with the biopsy.

HOW DOES URONAV WORK?

 

WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF URONAV?

UroNav offers many benefits for prostate biopsies. It allows your doctor to pinpoint suspicious areas more easily, increasing the likelihood of finding cancer if it’s present. This, in turn, may help to reduce the number of tissue samples required during your prostate biopsy, leading to reduced discomfort and bleeding, and a lower risk of infection. Your post-biopsy recovery time will be shortened, as well.

Additionally, with the UroNav fusion biopsy system, you won’t be waiting as long for your results. The faster your results are available, the more quickly you – and your doctor – can discuss your treatment options.

 
 

WHO IS A CANDIDATE FOR URONAV?

You might be a candidate for UroNav, an MR/ultrasound biopsy, if you:

Ask your doctor if you are a candidate for UroNav today.

DCH HAS THE LATEST TECHNOLOGY FIGHTING PROSTATE CANCER. IF YOU HAVE RISING PSA LEVELS, ASK YOUR UROLOGIST OR PRIMARY PHYSICIAN/PROVIDER.