a new technology in the diagnosis of prostate cancer – Maghreb Intelligence

French urologists will present to their Moroccan colleagues a new diagnostic technology for prostate cancer. This meeting of continuing medical education is at the initiative of the urology department of the Military Hospital of Instruction Mohammed V and the Moroccan Group of Andrology and Sexual Medicine (GRAMS).

On this occasion, a modern non-invasive technique for exploration of the prostate will be practiced and presented in the operating theaters of the military hospital in Rabat. Today, via the perineal route at the level of the small pelvis, non-invasive biopsies can be performed, guided by ultrasound and MRI for a more precise diagnosis of a malignant tumor pathology of the prostate.

Classically, to diagnose an anomaly of the prostate (cancer or benign tumor), the urological surgeon goes rectally to take a sample (biopsy).

Psychologically, this is still traumatic in our Moroccan context. Men will lose a lot of time because of this obstacle

Fortunately, science is evolving. Today, via the perineal route at the level of the small pelvis, non-invasive biopsies can be performed, guided by ultrasound and MRI.

Morocco is on time for this cutting-edge medical event.

The urology department of the Mohammed V Military Hospital of Instruction and the Moroccan Group of Andrology and Sexual Medicine (GRAMS) are organizing in Rabat this Friday, September 23, 2022, a scientific meeting on diagnostic and therapeutic news in cancers of the prostate.

This continuing medical education meeting on one of the most common urological pathologies will benefit from the expertise of a specialized team from the Nantes-Atlantis urological establishment, led by Dr Thierry Rousseau.

The Nantes medical team will present its long experience in diagnosing prostate cancer using a non-invasive technique called

“Transperineal prostate biopsy and image fusion”.

Moroccan urologists from the public, private and military sectors will participate in workshops on this new prostate biopsy technique, led by the Nantes urology team of Dr. Thierry Rousseau.

This innovative technology in image-assisted urology focused on prostate cancer, has the main challenge of bringing quality and precision to minimally invasive interventions during the stages of diagnosis and treatment of the most common cancer in men.

This assistance to the surgical gesture, both by guiding the doctor to the suspect area during the biopsy, and by recording the mapping of the biopsies for better quality control.

One of the originalities of his approach is to merge MRI and ultrasound data in real time on a single image.

Two imaging techniques requiring conditions that are usually incompatible and therefore cannot be implemented at the same time in the patient.

For the first time, 3D ultrasound, image fusion and organ monitoring are combined in a unique and intuitive device allowing the urologist to control the precision and quality of the prostate biopsy and to allow the choice of a treatment adapted to each patient.

It is essential to specify that prostate cancer is the 1st cancer in men and corresponds to the 2nd cause of death by cancer in men.

This is now a major public health issue, particularly given the increase in life expectancy.

If its screening is based on the PSA blood test and clinical examination (digital examination), its diagnosis requires the histological analysis of prostate samples. Currently, in clinical routine, these prostate biopsies are performed endorectally, using ultrasound guidance. Most often, the cancer is not visible in the ultrasound image and this is used to take a dozen samples (or carrots), distributed as best as possible in the prostate.

To increase the precision and the contribution of these biopsies, the use of data acquired by magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), as well as the fusion of ultrasound and MRI images is today a therapy in the process of being validated and carried out in many establishments with dedicated tools.

The objective of the meeting between urologists from Rabat, Kenitra and Nantes is to present the practical methods of carrying out in Morocco these prostate biopsies using image fusion and to discuss the advantages and benefits.

The scientific meeting on new technologies for diagnosis and treatment in urology between urologists from Nantes and Rabat will also focus on robotic laparoscopic techniques, surgery for urinary incontinence and prolapse in women, perineal vaginal surgery by strip or by sacral neuromodulation “bladder place maker.

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