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Westerly Hospital introduces state-of-the-art imaging system for enhanced prostate biopsies

November 03, 2021
by Fiona Phelan

Westerly Hospital introduces state-of-the-art imaging system for enhanced prostate biopsies

Westerly, RI (Nov. 3, 2021) - Westerly Hospital is the first hospital in New England to use a state-of-the-art micro-ultrasound device that more precisely visualizes prostate tumors for patients undergoing prostate-specific antigen (PSA) screening and prostate biopsies.

The new system allows for real-time, high-resolution imaging that guides the surgeon during the biopsy and produces images that allow the urologist to better distinguish cancerous tissue from normal tissue, which can enhance the quality of the biopsy.

Because of its superior resolution, an accompanying MRI of the prostate may not always be necessary. Current practice suggests that to get optimal biopsy results, men with high PSA levels or suspected prostate cancer should get an MRI in addition to ultrasound

Patients undergoing the procedure remain awake and receive only a local anesthetic. The images appear in real time on a console monitor to help guide the urologist to perform the biopsy. The procedure takes no more than 15 minutes.

Prostate cancer is the leading cause of cancer in men, with 200,000 cases diagnosed every year. Traditional methods of diagnosis are PSA screening, imaging and biopsies. This precision technology determines precisely where the tumor is located. This higher resolution allows micro-ultrasound to detect prostate cancer with very high sensitivity, which is not possible using conventional ultrasound

“At Westerly Hospital and Yale New Haven Health we pride ourselves on providing the most advanced technology to enhance the care possible for our patients,” said Patrick L. Green, president and CEO. “We will continue to make key investments in our clinical programs like urology to better serve our communities.”

Westerly Hospital, a member of Yale New Haven Health, is a 125-bed hospital that has been providing residents of southern Rhode Island and southeastern Connecticut with a full range of inpatient and outpatient services in a community hospital setting for more than 90 years. Westerly Hospital patients receive the finest quality treatment in the following areas of care: emergency, medical, surgical, radiology, laboratory and rehabilitative services. The hospital also offers heart and vascular care, interventional pain management, wound care, pulmonary rehabilitation services, inpatient geriatric psychiatric care and comprehensive cancer care provided through the Smilow Cancer Hospital Care Center. All inpatient rooms are private. www.westerlyhospital.org

Submitted by Eliza Folsom on November 03, 2021