Published on August 08, 2016

St. Mary's Now Offering Advanced Technology for Prostate Care

St. Mary's Medical Group Urology is proud to introduce a complete MRI solution for analysis, planning and interventional biopsy of the prostate. MRI/ultrasound biopsy (Uronav) is poised to become the new standard in prostate care. St. Mary's is part of Ascension, the nation’s largest Catholic and non-profit health system.

This technique fuses pre-biopsy MR images of the prostate in an easy-to-navigate digital imaging system and allows physicians to perform real-time, comprehensive analyses of prostate MRI studies. Prostate MR Images can potentially identify specific areas within the gland that are suspicious and require further evaluation. Performing a biopsy with MRI/ultrasound fusion holds the potential to better target the suspicious areas, reduce the number of tissue samples acquired, and may reduce the risk of infection, bleeding, pain and recovery time.

This complete clinical MRI solution for the prostate offers a truly new imaging and intervention option for many patients with elevated and/or rising PSA levels. This combination gives our urologists, oncologists and radiologists the ability to offer our patients an alternative to remaining in an uncertain state of diagnosis after a prostate exam.

This technology then allows physicians to synchronize patient studies for easy review while providing complete, extensive summary reports that highlight all crucial aspects of the study, and communicate study results to patients in an effective and timely manner. 

"We are confident that this technology will bring renewed hope to patients and greater confidence to our physicians – a positive development coinciding with rising prostate cancer levels," explains Dr. Michelle Boger, Urologist at St. Mary's Medical Group Urology.

Other than skin cancer, prostate cancer has become the most common form of cancer and the second-leading cause of cancer death in American men. The introduction of this technology at St. Mary’s will benefit the 1 in 6 men who will be diagnosed with prostate cancer in their lifetime.

For more information visit https://www.stmarys.org/services/urology/mri-prostate-screening/

About St. Mary's Health

St. Mary's Health, part of St. Vincent and the Ascension Indiana Ministry Market, is a faith-based health ministry serving communities in Indiana, Illinois and Kentucky. With a medical staff of more than 750 physicians, St. Mary's specializes in cardiac, surgical, orthopedic, rehabilitation, neurosciences, women's, children's, seniors, emergency, and trauma services. For more than 140 years, St. Mary's has been guided by its mission of serving all, with special attention to persons living in poverty and those most vulnerable. For more information, please visit www.stmarys.org.

About Ascension

Ascension (www.ascension.org) is a faith-based healthcare organization dedicated to transformation through innovation across the continuum of care. As the largest non-profit health system in the U.S. and the world’s largest Catholic health system, Ascension is committed to delivering compassionate, personalized care to all, with special attention to persons living in poverty and those most vulnerable. In FY2015, Ascension provided nearly $2 billion in care of persons living in poverty and other community benefit programs. Approximately 160,000 associates and 36,000 aligned providers serve in 2,500 sites of care – including 142 hospitals and more than 30 senior living facilities – in 24 states and the District of Columbia. In addition to healthcare delivery, Ascension subsidiaries provide a variety of services and solutions including physician practice management, venture capital investing, investment management, biomedical engineering, clinical care management, information services, risk management, and contracting through Ascension’s own group purchasing organization.

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