Berlin, Md. – A first on the Eastern Shore in prostate cancer detection, Atlantic
General Urology is now offering UroNav MRI fusion-guided biopsy to more
accurately detect and treat prostate cancer sooner in men.
Before the cutting edge technology came to Atlantic General Hospital, patients
had to be referred to healthcare providers as far away as Washington,
D.C. or Baltimore to have this type of diagnostic.
Traditionally, men on the Eastern Shore with an elevated prostate-specific
antigen (PSA) level or irregular digital rectal exam (DRE) would undergo
a segmental prostate biopsy to detect cancerous lesions. A specialist
would use ultrasound to guide the biopsy needle, and take random biopsies
of the twelve quadrants of the prostate, potentially missing any suspicious
tissues that are present.
With the UroNav MRI fusion-guided biopsy, the physician is able to more
clearly visualize the prostate and any lesions in real-time, using an
MRI overlay of the ultrasound. The MRI image allows the physician to pinpoint
the exact tissue to biopsy instead of taking multiple random biopsies.
As a result, high risk prostate cancers can be detected sooner, leading
to earlier interventions with fewer potential treatment complications.
Research conducted by the American Medical Association shows that targeted
biopsy such as the UroNav MRI fusion-guided biopsy diagnosed 30 percent
more high-risk cancers versus the traditional biopsy method.
Dr. James Cherry, a urologist at Atlantic General Urology, performed the
first UroNav MRI fusion-guided Biopsy on the Eastern Shore in late September.
“Until now it would require going across the bridge to Baltimore
or DC to have this kind of a biopsy done. So to now have it available
here on the Eastern Shore, it’s great because patients don’t
have to travel, they can do it close to home,” said Cherry.
Cherry is a board-certified specialist in urological surgery and medicine.
He served as director of urology at DuBois Regional Medical Center in
Pennsylvania for 14 years before joining the medical staff of Atlantic
General Health System in 2013.
At age 50, men should begin getting regular prostate screenings. For men
with a family history of prostate cancer, it’s recommended that
men begin screenings at age 40. For more information, call Atlantic General
Urology at 410-629-6277. The office is located on the Atlantic General
Hospital main campus in the James G. Barrett Medical Office Building,
located at 10231 Old Ocean City Boulevard, Suite 206, Berlin, MD.
Caption: Dr. James Cherry performing a MRI fusion-guided biopsy to detect
About Atlantic General Hospital
Atlantic General Hospital has been providing quality health care to the
residents of Worcester, Wicomico, Somerset (Md.) and Sussex (Del.) counties
since May 1993. Built by the commitment and generosity of a dedicated
community, the hospital’s state-of-the-art facility in Berlin, Md.,
combines old-fashioned personal attention with the latest in technology
and services. It provides quality specialty care such as weight loss surgery,
orthopedics, outpatient infusion for individuals with cancer or blood/autoimmune
disorders, retina surgery and a comprehensive women’s diagnostic
center. Atlantic General Health System, its network of more than 40 primary
care providers and specialists, care for residents and visitors throughout
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