Lakeland, FL — Aside from skin cancer, prostate cancer is the most common cancer afflicting men in the United States, and the second leading cause of cancer-related death in these men. In light of these statistics, early detection should function as an imperative step in containing and treating the disease, but available screening tools often result in misdiagnosis and overtreatment.
“When a patient presents with an elevated Prostate Specific Antigen (PSA) reading, they may undergo a biopsy to determine more definitively whether a cancerous tumor is present,” says David L. Bowers, MD, a board-certified urologist at Watson Clinic’s Main location. “Unfortunately, these biopsies may only detect inconsequential tumors, or overlook more aggressive tumors entirely.”
Now, Watson Clinic’s experienced urologists including Dr. Bowers, James M. Belarmino, MD, and Jens C. Carlsen, DO are pleased to utilize a powerful new tool in the fight against prostate cancer, which will decrease incidents of unnecessarily invasive biopsy and treatment.
UroNav is an innovative and highly effective fusion of magnetic resonance (MRI) and ultrasound imaging. When the images produced by these systems are merged, they create a 3D view of suspect lesions.
“This technology allows us to isolate prostate tumors with a greater degree of accuracy and precision than ever before,” says Dr. Bowers. “That means we are better equipped to focus on the suspicious areas that demand immediate attention, and avoid overtreatment of regions that would not be problematic in the long run.”
The fusion of the MRI and ultrasound allow our urologists to more accurately pinpoint tumors that exist inside the prostate. Doctors have been limited in this ability when relying upon previous imaging systems. UroNav also diminishes the need for multiple biopsies.
“This is a major leap forward in the detection and treatment of prostate cancer,” affirms Dr. Bowers.
Patients should consult with their physician to determine a prostate cancer screening schedule that will work best for them. For more information on UroNav, and to schedule an appointment with a member of Watson Clinic’s urology team, call 863-680-7300.
About Watson Clinic LLP: As one of the largest multispecialty medical clinics in the southeast, Watson Clinic provides comprehensive healthcare services to residents of Lakeland and surrounding communities. First established in 1941, Watson Clinic has grown to include over 220 board-certified physicians representing more than 40 medical and surgical specialties. The Clinic is proud to deliver quality healthcare to every generation from our Main Clinic location at 1600 Lakeland Hills Boulevard in Lakeland, as well as at multiple convenient locations throughout Polk, Pasco and Hillsborough counties. More information is available at: www.WatsonClinic.com.
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