VPC acquires state-of-the-art micro-ultrasound for targeted prostate biopsies

Date Posted: 
2019-07-23

The Vancouver Prostate Centre has recently acquired and commissioned a state-of-the-art high resolution (29 MHz) micro-ultrasound machine —called the ExactVu micro-ultrasound -- for use in image-guided targeted biopsies of the prostate. This technology, which is now part of our regular clinical workflow, enables our urologists to accurately identify and biopsy cancer lesions in the prostate, and can also be used as an aid in delivering targeted focal therapies to the tumour. The image resolution of the new micro-ultrasound is comparable to MRI and is about 300% higher than conventional ultrasound systems. This will allow patients to be biopsied more quickly and accurately, without the longer waiting times and possible claustrophobia associated with MRI imaging. Patients may also require fewer biopsies that conventional methods, because the high resolution images obtained with the micro-ultrasound system allow more accurate biopsy needle placement. Importantly, the system also allows transperineal biopsies, avoiding the need for transrectal approaches that are associated with a higher infection rate.  The system can also be integrated with our existing MRI/Ultrasound fusion imaging system. Both instruments were purchased from funds raised by VGH & UBC Hospital Foundation at the 2019 Harry Rosen Tournament for Life annual golf tournament.

For more information on the ExactVu micro-ultrasound – or to book your targeted prostate biopsy, please contact Dr. Martin Gleave, at clinicatubcurology [dot] com

MicroUltraound

A World Class Centre

The Vancouver Prostate Centre (VPC) has a track record of success that has earned it a reputation as one of the world’s most respected cancer facilities. It is a National Centre of Excellence and a designated Centre of Excellence for Commercialization and Research.

Events

Rock4Prostate

Rock4Prostate fundraiser - Friday Nov 8, 2019

The 2nd annual Rock4Prostate event takes place Friday Nov 8 at the Backstage Lounge Pub on Granville Island.  Tickets available at Eventbrite and at the door ($20 or $10 for students 19+), with proceeds going to Prostate Cancer Canada.  Please visit the Facebook event page for more details

VPC Movember 2013 team

Movember fundraiser: Nov. 1 - 30, 2019

Movember is an international charity raising funds for men's health initiatives. Movember Canada focuses on prostate cancer, testicular cancer, mental health and suicide prevention. Please visit moteam.co/the-vancouver-prostate-centre to join or donate to our Centre's Movember fundraising team.

Employment

Work at the Vancouver Prostate Centre

Tuesday, December 3, 2019

Dr. Jefferies elected as a Fellow of the National Academy of Inventors

Dr. Jefferies
Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Dr. Lallous appointed Senior Research Scientist, featured in VCH News

Dr. Lallous