New prostate cancer diagnosis tech comes to Montgomery

Updated: Jul. 27, 2017 at 9:54 PM CDT
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MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - Jackson Hospital in Montgomery has a new piece of cutting-edge technology to diagnose prostate cancer, and it's something you won't see anywhere else in the country.

That new technology is called B.K. Fusion, and Jackson Hospital is the first provider in the U.S. to offer it.

Before B.K. Fusion, hospital officials say prostate cancer was biopsied randomly based off a blood test and exam. But now, B.K. Fusion combines real-time ultrasound imaging with pre-exam M.R.I. information to give doctors a more scientific and image-driven way to diagnose the cancer.

The Jackson Imaging Center is the only place that uses three-Tesla M.R.I., which is the strongest imaging method clinically available.

Brian Richardson, a urologist at Jackson Hospital, had this to say about the new technology that has come to the River Region:

"What this does is allow us an additional step to be able to figure out: is this cancer or not. With that step it might actually say well you don't need an invasive procedure, or if we have to do an invasive procedure, it may be the fact that we're so much more specific and sensitive to finding it that it may keep you from needing something in the future and it may be able to diagnose something a lot sooner that may have a long term consequence."

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