Steps to take before the treatment
The patient will need to provide vital information to the doctor before undergoing the biopsy procedure. The physician will necessarily require information on regular medicines the patient takes, whether blood thinners, anti-biotic or any herbal medicines. Any serious health condition (including illness), or recent surgery details also have to be shared. If the patient is allergic to anaesthesia, a prior test needs to be done, or the doctor should be informed. The physician should also be aware of any metal implants inside the patient’s body.
What happens during the process?
Since MRI is a localised therapy of the prostate gland, multiple samples are collected from the gland. Under a conventional biopsy procedure, random tissue samples are collected. With MRI imaging guidance, targeted samples can be collected from the gland. Special biopsy needles are used to extract the samples to be probed later. This procedure of pathologic analysis is called TRUS-guided biopsy. The hybrid imaging method is called the MRI/TRUS fusion therapy, an approach where MRI images and ultrasound results are merged to reach a final conclusion.
After the procedure
You may feel pain and discomfort in the area of the prostate for a day or two after the biopsy, particularly when you are seated. Your doctor will provide the medication for the same.