Some articles I have recently contributed to regarding MRI-guided prostate cancer procedures.
MRI-guided prostate biopsy is done via a "trans-perineal" route, which mean the needle passes through the skin instead of through the rectum, so the infection risk is much lower. Secondly, the needle is directed to the exact target within the prostate in real time under real imaging guidance, rather than using a combination of educated guesswork and software coordination to target the area.
For treatment of prostate cancer, the MRI-guided transurethral prostate gland ablation procedure is a true game-changer. For appropriate candidates, it can deliver a cure with a small fraction of the risks, pain, and recovery time. There is a lot more out there on MRI-guided prostate ablation (see the "Prostate Cancer Treatment" page here on my website), but this article is a good start.
Dr. Raj Ayyagari is a board-certified interventional radiologist based in Boston, Massachusetts, who specializes in minimally invasive procedures of the genitourinary system.