A prostate biopsy is currently the only way to diagnose prostate cancer. The majority of men will have had a blood test (PSA) and a prostate examination. If either of these two tests are abnormal the next step is to obtain an image of the prostate using an MRI scan. This scan provides an internal map of the prostate and a risk assessment for the presence of prostate cancer.
If an abnormality is discovered on the scan, a man will then need to proceed with a biopsy. Biopsies are performed in different ways. At The Prostate Clinic biopsies are carried out using the Artemis/ Profuse tool. This allows accurate targeting of any lesions seen on MRI.
All biopsies are performed through the skin, NOT through the bowel. This has the significant advantage of greatly reducing the risk of infection. The procedure is day surgery only and results are usually available with two-three days.