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UMass Memorial - Marlborough Hospital Introduces New Technology to Detect Prostate Cancer

Marlborough, MA – UMass Memorial - Marlborough Hospital is pleased to announce a new prostate cancer detection technology is now available at the hospital.  Targeted magnetic resonance (MRI)/ultrasound fusion prostate biopsies have been recently performed by Bhalchandra Parulkar, MD, a urologist who is an member of the hospital’s active medical staff.  
“It is exciting to be able to offer this cutting edge technology locally to residents of the metro west and central Massachusetts’ region.  MRI/ultrasound fusion biopsies provide patients with a much less invasive option in instances that prostate cancer may be suspected,” stated Dr. Parulkar.  “The technology identifies a more targeted area of the prostate to biopsy, thus reducing the number of biopsies performed.   This is a much less invasive procedure for the patient and is a better option for a patient who may have other health issues.  It also may decrease having additional future biopsies performed.”
MRI/ultrasound fusion biopsy combines Multiparametric MRI imaging with “live” ultrasound images of the patient’s prostate.  Prior to the biopsy, a patient has a specialized multiparametric MRI that is read by a radiologist who identifies and marks suspicious areas.  During the actual biopsy, an ultrasound is done and the marked MRI image is “fused” with the live ultrasound imaging.  This provides the urologist with an incredibly detailed image and a much more precise area to insert the biopsy needles.  Traditionally, prostate cancer biopsies have been performed by random sampling of the entire prostate using a sextant biopsy technique.
The Multiparametric MRI was done using the state of the art 3T MRI scan in Shields MRI at UMass Memorial Worcester. 
Recent articles published in JAMA and Gold Urology journals clearly show the advantage of fusing MRI with live prostate ultrasound imaging. It increases the accuracy of the cancer. Among men undergoing biopsy for suspected prostate cancer, targeted MR/ultrasound fusion biopsy, compared with standard extended-sextant ultrasound-guided biopsy, was associated with increased detection of high-risk prostate
Cancer and decreased detection of low-risk prostate cancer. 
“I was apprehensive to have more biopsies performed to determine if I did have cancer. Previously I had 12 biopsies and to have only 4 this time was much easier, with less discomfort and I had a faster recovery.  Without this new technology, I may have needed to have over 20 biopsies performed to determine if I had cancer.  Fortunately for me, the results were negative and it was a better experience for me, said Ed Borelli, of Webster, a patient of Dr. Parulkar’s.
Stephen Cooper of Hudson was the first patient in this region to have the MRI/ultrasound fusion biopsy procedure performed.  “I have had to have biopsies two other times previously with over 18 biopsies each time. The first time I was not sedated and it was a very uncomfortable and painful procedure.  With the new targeted technology, only six biopsies were necessary and it was a totally different experience with minimal discomfort.  I received my results more quickly without further testing and they did show an aggressive prostate cancer, however, and I have already begun treatment at the Cancer Center at Marlborough Hospital,” stated Mr. Cooper.  “Having treatment in a state-of-the-art Cancer Center with the newest technology, right here, close to home brings incredible peace of mind to me and my family.”
“We are pleased to be the first hospital in the area to offer this technology, said Steve Roach, president and ceo.   Having the ability to provide state of the art technology and to diagnose and treat patients in a community hospital provides convenience and comfort, not only for the patient but to the family also.  We are proud to have Dr. Parulkar as well as many other highly trained clinicians on the medical staff.”
About UMass Memorial - Marlborough Hospital:
Founded in 1890, UMass Memorial - Marlborough Hospital is an acute care community hospital providing care to residents in the surrounding communities--Marlborough, Hudson, Northborough, Southborough, Stow, Berlin, Bolton, Sudbury, Westborough and parts of Framingham and Hopkinton (combined populations exceed 200,000). The hospital is licensed for 79 beds which includes an inpatient psychiatric unit. A wide range of services is available:  medicine and surgery and subspecialties such as cardiology, pulmonary, gastroenterology, and orthopedics; laboratory and radiology services, including digital and 3D mammography; physical therapy; cardiac rehabilitation; inpatient and partial day mental health services and an emergency department, staffed by physicians from UMass Memorial Medical Center.  The UMass Memorial Cancer Center at Marlborough Hospital offers oncology and radiation therapy.
Marlborough Hospital is a member of UMass Memorial Health Care, the leading provider of healthcare in Central New England.
About Shields Health Care Group:
Shields Health Care Group provides MRI, PET/CT, and Radiation Oncology services to patients at more than 30 locations in New England. With a focus on cutting-edge technology, physician expertise, and affordability, Shields prioritizes the patient experience above all. Shields offers high-field open-bore MRI machines that allow for greater patient comfort while maintaining clear images. Additional services include MR arthrogram and breast MRI, as well as Shields ProCare, imaging medical equipment maintenance and service company. All Shields locations are ACR accredited. A family-owned and operated business, Shields offers the largest and most technically advanced network of medical imaging and diagnostic treatment facilities in New England.